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Recognizing the importance of new technology, the Young Liberal and Democrats of Asia (YLDA) with the support from Friedrich Naumann Foundation and in partnership with Parti-Gerakan Youth Malaysia, initiated a five-day workshop last May 17-22, 2007 in Penang, Malaysia.

With the theme, “The beauty of Internet”, the workshop trained young Asian leaders on how to use ICT tools such as Blogging and Podcasting, which can be used for publicity, fundraising, and expanding networks and membership.

Mr. Abe Olandres, one of the blogging masters in the Philippines, explained the role of internet in communications strategies in youth organizing. He gave samples of youth/political blogs and podcasts. Aside to the ICT knowledge imparted, FNF Manila Representative Siegfried Herzog lectured on how this learning can be used to search for projects and donors on their respective organization.

This workshop activity, which was headed by YLDA Program Officer Pey Canlas and YLDA Secretary-General Jan-Argy Tolentino, is one that is timely especially due to the online community’s impact on people.

“In relation with the Sri Lanka Fund Raising Seminar, the additional knowledge on ICT would contribute a lot in promotion and communication matter of each organization,” Jan Argy Tolentino, YLDA Secretary General said.

Twenty delegates from different parts of the Asia actively participated on the activity.


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The Beauty of Internet: Information and Communication Technology for Young Liberals

Information and Communication Technology for Young Liberals

Technological change is reshaping political communication all over the world. This is especially true when it comes to communicating political issues with young people, and political organizations ignore these new developments at their peril. This insight has prompted the Young Liberals and Democrats of Asia (YLDA), with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), to organize a workshop on information and communication technology (ICT) for its member organizations. It was hosted by the Youth Wing of Party Gerakan in Penang, Malaysia from 17 – 22 May 2007. Read more about YLDA Information and Communication Technology Workshop


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In a move to help empower fellow liberals with hi-tech means of communication, the Young Liberals and Democrats of Asia (YLDA) organized a workshop in Malaysia to teach blogging and podcasting skills to members of its partner organizations.

“We want our fellow liberals to communicate their programs and values effectively within their country and across the region,” YLDA Secretary-General Jan Argy Tolentino said. “Effective communication is important because if people don’t know we exist, everything we do becomes useless.” The YLDA is the Asian federation of liberal youth organizations and individuals. More…