Our World 2.0 wins another award

interactive_silver_17-1Our World 2.0, the UN’s leading environmental web magazine, won the Award of Distinction in the Green/Eco-Friendly category of the 2011 Communicator Awards.

There were a total of 6,000 entries to the awards this year, organized by the International Academy of Visual Arts, making it one of the largest programme of its kind.

This is the fourth award for Our World 2.0, following on the 2008 Weblog award for the best designed blog, the 2009 Society for New Communications Research Excellence Award in the category of new media creation in the academic division and the 2009 Earth Journalism Awards (Honorary Mention).

by Brendan Barrett on June 2, 2011 - Comments (00)  

Our World 2.0 in the BOBS

Just entered Our World 2.0 in the Best of the Blogs (BOB) Awards organized by Deutsche Welle. Nominations are open until 14 February 2010 but competition will be fierce as there are already over 16,000 blogs entered.

The winners of the Deutsche Welle BOBs Awards will be announced on 15.04.2010 at the re:publica social media conference in Berlin.


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by Brendan Barrett on January 18, 2010 - Comments (00)  

Third time lucky – award for New Media Creation

awardsWe are delighted to announce that for the third year in a row we have been recognized with an award from the Society for New Communications Research.

This prestigious awards programme honors individuals, corporations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and media outlets that are pioneering the use of social media, ICT, mobile media, online communities, and collaborative technologies in the areas of business, media, journalism and professional communications, entertainment, education, social initiatives, government and politics.

It was announced on 9 November 2009 that the United Nations University recieved the award in the New Media Creation category (academic division) for the Our World 2.0 webzine.  According the Jen McClure, President of the Society “These winning case studies provide impressive examples of how organizations are successfully using new tools, technologies, solutions and practices in innovative ways to enhance their communications, relationships and improve their organizations.”

Other awards included Amazon.com and Lab126 for the Kindle as the SNCR Innovation of the Year, the Iranian political bloggers as the SNCR Humanitarians of the Year and David Plouffe, President Obama’s campaign strategist as the SNCR Visionary of the Year.

This is the second award for the Our World 2.0 webzine, which also won the best blog design in the 2008 Weblog Awards.

by Brendan Barrett on November 13, 2009 - Comments (00)  

Our World 2.0 wins a Weblog Award

2008winnerThe official list of winners of the 2008 Weblog Awards was posted on 15 January 2009 and we are delighted to announce that Our World 2.0 won the best blog design category. Over a seven day period, 933,022 votes were cast in 48 categories.

The best blog design finalists included some cool desgns like Pink Yellow Media, Veerle’s and Inhabitat.

In fact it was a very close competition between Our World 2.0 and Inhabitat up to the final day of voting. The best part is that both blogs have a strong environmental thematic.

Already we are seeing people in the blogsophere sharing their comments on the awards. I like this comment from Jungle Jil that captures what we were tryiing to do with the Our World 2.0 design.

“This year’s inaugural winner, OurWorld 2.0, is a fantastic example of gorgeous simplicity matched with fabulous style and superb functionality.”

So we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for Our World 2.0. We also want to express our appreciation to the other finalists and the organizers on a wonderful competition. Now that we know each other, we hope that this can be the start of a long friendship.

by Brendan Barrett on January 16, 2009 - Comments (02)  

Award for Collaboration and Co-Creation

wisdomOn 16 November 2008, the Society for New Communications Research awarded the United Natons University and the WHO Centre for Health Development with the award for Wisdom Years documentary and e-case study.

The award for collaboration and co-creation was announced at a special gala dinner held in Cambridge Mass, on 14 November. This is the second year in a row that the UNU has recieved an award from the SNCR.

For more information, see the official annoucement.

by Brendan Barrett on November 13, 2009 - Comments (00)  

Best Documentary

zapataVoices of the Chichinautzin was awarded Best Science and Ecology Documentary at the 2nd IberoAmerican Film Festival held in Tepotzlan, Mexico, 11-18 May 2008.

Luis Patron, from the UNU Media Studio, was on hand to pick up the special Zapata statue. He was also present at the screening and participated in the follow-on question and answer session.

The documentary tells the story of the daily struggles of the local communities as they try to protect a biodiverse region outside Mexico City from illegal logging and development pressures. It was written, directed and co-produced by Patricia Sims, produced and co-directed by Luis Patron and edited by Michael Clark. The graphics and animations were produced by Sean Wood and David Jimenez.

The documentary will be screened on television in Mexico later this year.

Note: The photo of the statue is taken from the festival website.

by Brendan Barrett on November 13, 2009 - Comments (01)  

Finalists in the Stockholm Challenge Awards 2008

Screenshot of e-case studyWe have just been informed that Saving the Ayuquila River: Video Documentary and E-Case Study has been selected as a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge Awards 2008. This is a six category Award for ICT for Development projects. The best projects will win the prestigious Stockholm Challenge trophies and receive a 5.000 Euro stipend.

Our project is a finalist in the Environment category and was reviewed by the jury composed of international experts in the area of ICT for Development. Only up to 20% of the entries that make it to the jury round are selected as finalists.

The winners of the Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 trophies are revealed during the ceremony in the Stockholm City Hall, on May 22, 2008.

by Brendan Barrett on November 13, 2009 - Comments (00)  

Award for Saving the Ayuquila River

Ayuquila for blog-3.jpgThe UNU Media Studio is pleased to announce that the documentary and e-case study entitled “Saving the Ayuquila River” has received the 2007 Award of Excellence in the education division of the Society for New Communications Research Awards programme.
The Society honors innovative individuals, corporations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and media outlets for the use of social media, ICT, mobile media, online communities, virtual worlds and collaborative technologies in the areas of media, marketing, public relations, advertising, entertainment, education, politics and social initiatives.
The Saving the Ayuquila River video documentary and e-case study was developed by the UNU Media Studio in collaboration with the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and illustrates how scientists can work in local communities to bring about positive environmental changes.

by Brendan Barrett on November 13, 2009 - Comments (00)  

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