Education
 Georgia
Project #15899

Challenging Positive Attitudes Toward Stalin

by Radarami
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Interviewing  Georgian young readers for research
Interviewing Georgian young readers for research

Dear friends,

Summer has finally come and where this usually means a quiet season in Tbilisi, Georgia, it won’t be that quiet for Radarami! We have a lot of exciting news for you.

First of all there are a few new translations coming up!

In our previous report last March, we announced the upcoming publication of the 17th book of our Radarami series,Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. The book has been translated, edited and formatted and we are waiting from the final contract with the publishing house to start printing. We hope to launch the book in ­late July, after which 5500 copies will be spread all over Georgia.

In the meantime, we started translating our 18th book, Oil and Honey: The Education of An Unlikely Activist by Bill McKribbe - the founder of 350.org, who has been at the forefront of the grassroots movement to fight global warming for more than 25 years. We look forward to discussing environmental issues with Georgians through this passionately written book in the coming fall.

Furthermore, we are currently translating Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev with partial funding from the Open Society – Georgia Foundation. Peter Pomeranstev, a British journalist of Russian heritage, offers a unique, insider insight into contemporary Putinism and the Kremlin propaganda machine. Through his narrative driven by personal stories, Pomeranstev describes how the Russian President has now fully established control over the media in the country. As Russian propaganda significantly influences Georgia as well, it will be especially interesting to discuss this book with Georgian readers.

And now about Radarami adventures! At the beginning of April, Radarami traveled to 6 different cities in the west of Georgia to promote our 16th book of the Read & Connect series – Traffic, why we drive the way we do. We visited newly built community centers where we had the chance to engage new readers.  At the start of June we also conducted short research about young Georgians with help from Annie Farnsworth, a volunteer from Austin, Texas, visiting Georgia. She, with the help of Georgian volunteers, gathered information from a broad sample of Georgian youth regarding their habits concerning interpersonal connection and access to information, as well as their interest level and attitude towards new ideas and points of view. Traveling to Ozurgeti, Telavi, Batumi, and Poti a wide range of educational levels can be seen, but one thing remains the same: the generally high interest level from students to learn about the world whether or not they have access to the proper resources to do such. And we are eager to help supply them with our books!

We plan to place custom-crafted boxes filled with books in five cities around Georgia. These boxes will be placed in social spaces such as parks or near bus stops where all people are welcome to take a book for free or donate one of their own. For each book, Radarami will donate published non-fiction book from our "Read and Connect" series.

All donations from this month will go towards translation of the following books:Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard Thaler andMoral Blindness: The Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity by Zygmunt Bauman and Leonidas Donskis. With your help we can make it happen!

Thank you for your continued support!

Please contact us in case of any questions or comments at mariama@radarami.org.

 

Have a great summer!

The Radarami Team

Library box in Ozurgeti Park, Georgia
Library box in Ozurgeti Park, Georgia
The new book launch in the West Georgia
The new book launch in the West Georgia
Radarami readers from rural areas
Radarami readers from rural areas
Radarami Book Discussion at Gori
Radarami Book Discussion at Gori

Dear friends,

Spring is upon us, and with it a new round of Radarami activities!

In our last report in December, we mentioned that we were in the middle of printing the 16th book in our “Read and Connect Series,” Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt. We are happy to say that the launch of Traffic was an absolute success, drawing a lot of media attention on Rustavi 2 (see the video link attached) and other outlets throughout the country. Our book launch event, held at the new social café Generator 9.8 in Tbilisi, was completely packed. Also in Tbilisi, we teamed up with local organization “Zebra” that focuses on pedestrian rights in a joint event. Besides our events in Tbilisi, we traveled to a number of communities in Gori and the Kakheti region to facilitate book discussions as well.

We’ve also been working to spread our message and distribute our books in new areas in Georgia where we have not been active in the past. In March, we traveled to the small town of Tianeti, where we gave a general presentation about Radarami’s mission. The presentation had a huge turnout, and each attendee walked away with two or three free Radarami books.

Another new initiative by Radarami is the launch of our new nation-wide book clubs, called “Tabunis.” The word “Tabuni” is taken from old Georgian, meaning “guild” or “group.”  In Imeretian, “Tabuni” means “flock,” while in Gurian it means “comrade.”  We like this word, because it conveys that our Tabuni meetings will be places for members of our community to feel included and among friends.  We also like this word because, in the Javakhetian translation, it means a “group of people with equal status.”  Members of our community come from all different ages and backgrounds, but at Tabuni meetings they will all be equal, and everyone’s opinion will be valued. We hope that these book clubs will allow our readers to both be more active in engaging with our books and in discussing them in a community context.

In the coming months, Radarami will be publishing the 17th book in our series, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. With funding from the US Embassy, we are excited at the prospect of starting discussions about women empowerment throughout the country.

Currently, we’re also looking for funding to publish two more books in our pipeline: Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Oil and Honey: The Education of An Unlikely Activist by Bill McKribben. We hope that you will continue to support us so that we can bring these important titles to Georgia!

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us at mariama@radarami.org.

Thank you again for your generous support.

 

All the best,

Radarami Project Presentation at Tianeti
Radarami Project Presentation at Tianeti
Radarami books distributed for free to attendees
Radarami books distributed for free to attendees
Book discussion in Telavi, East Georgia
Book discussion in Telavi, East Georgia
Book Launch in Tbilisi
Book Launch in Tbilisi
"Mind Zebra" event for pedestrian rights, Tbilisi
"Mind Zebra" event for pedestrian rights, Tbilisi

Links:

Our New Book
Our New Book's Cover

Dear friends, 

The Christmas time is upon us! We’ve been hard at work during the past three-month, but before getting to updates, we would like to let you know that  the donations made through the end of the year-end will go towards:

  1. Translation and editing of No. 17 in the Read & Connect Series: “Oil and Honey: the education of unlikely activist: by Bill Mckibben.
  2. 2nd printings of “Bloodlands: Europe between Hilter and Stalin” by Timonthy Snider, one of our most popular books, we are out of all the copies and the demand is so high!

And now to the exiting news...

With much enthusiam, patience, and the help of US embassy and you, our generous supporters, 4500 copies of Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (and What It Says about us) by Tom Vanderbilt, No. 16 in the Read & Connect Series is being printed in this very moment and we can’t wait to launch it in 10 days, right before Christmas in the newly opened social café Generator 9.8, in the heart of Tbilisi.

On another note, this fall, Radarami marked one year since the launch of “Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen” by Kwame Anthony Apiah (No.12)  and as you know publication of the books is only one half of the work that we do; the larger vision of our program is to connect Georgia’s intellectually curious readers with one another. Therefore, in order to keep the momentum, we went back to some of the regions, where we launched the book last year, and invited our readers to participated in the lively discussion and share their thoughts about this book with us after they’ve read it. Enjoy some of the photos from the trip to Ozugeti and Kutaisi (West Georgia).

If you have any questions or comments, please email Mariama@radarami.org.

Thank you again for your generous support!

Best wishes,

The Radarami Team

Some of the presents!
Some of the presents!
Discussion in Ozurgeti, Guria, 1st December 2015
Discussion in Ozurgeti, Guria, 1st December 2015
Discussion in Ozurgeti, Guria, December 1st, 2015
Discussion in Ozurgeti, Guria, December 1st, 2015
Discussion in Kutaisi, Imereti, 30th November 2015
Discussion in Kutaisi, Imereti, 30th November 2015
Radarami Books
Radarami Books

Dear Friends,

We are back in Tbilisi after another exciting and eventful summer and are ready to share our summer travel stories and future plans!

Before we dive into all that, however, I would like to welcome a new member on board, April Gordon.  April is a recent graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, with a BA in International Politics and Foreign Policy and a concentration in Russia and Eurasia.  April has traveled extensively in Russia and Eastern Europe and is striving to build up a specialization in the South Caucasus.  In Georgia, April previously interned with GFSIS and US Embassy Tbilisi.  Her research interests include civil society building, democratization and frozen conflict studies. We look forward to having her as part of our team!

And now to business...

During the summer, Tbilisi becomes quite empty while most Georgians go on vacation - thus it was a perfect time to visit Georgia’s more remote regions and engage readers who have much less access to information about global issues and do not understand foreign languages.

The Radarami team visited cities and small towns in Guria, Adjara, Imereti and Samegrelo, Kakheti (Eastern and Western regions of Georgia), reaching out directly to more than 350 readers.  The main focus of these events was to discuss our latest book “Gone Tomorrow: the  Hidden Life of Garbage” by Heather Rogers.  The book presentations aroused lively discussion among both citizens and representatives of local government in Georgia, which has only recently made its first steps in developing its waste management industry.  Roger’s book explores the history and contemporary challenges of waste management, and provides an opportunity for the Georgian public and policymakers to reflect on the global experience and discuss its possible future application to Georgia.  Copies of the book were distributed in all regions of Georgia, and event attendees received free personal copies as well.   

Our next book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt is in the last stage of translation.  In his book, Vanderbilt reflects on the connection between driving and human nature, exploring questions such as: “Why does the other lane always seem to be moving faster? What does the way you drive say about you? Is the road a microcosm of society or an autonomous republic that functions according to its own set of rules? Does traffic work the same all over the world?” We look forward to having this book printed by the end of November.  Please donate now to make it possible for us to continue to reach out and engage readers throughout Georgia.  

Thank you for your continuous support and stay tuned for more exciting news from Radarami!

 

Kindest Regards, 

The Radarami Team

Presentation in Batumi - July 2015
Presentation in Batumi - July 2015
Discussion in Chkorotsku, Samegrelo, August 2015
Discussion in Chkorotsku, Samegrelo, August 2015
Giving out books to the attendees, Ozurgeti, July
Giving out books to the attendees, Ozurgeti, July
Discussion in Kutaisi, Imereti, August 2015
Discussion in Kutaisi, Imereti, August 2015
Our 15th Book "Gone Tomorrow" by Heather Rogers
Our 15th Book "Gone Tomorrow" by Heather Rogers

Dear Friends,

Summer is upon us, the days are sunny and the streets are full of people talking to one other and sharing their thoughts and ideas, and below are some exciting news from Radarami, including our 15th book launch and upcoming summer tours to the oft-forgotten regions of Georgia.

With your support and partial funding from the US Embassy Translation Program, Radarami recently published and launched it's 15th Book "Gone Tomorrow: Hidden Life of Garbage" by Heather Rogers. The book is a sobering exploration of our high-octane trash output and was named an editor’s choice by the New York Times and a nonfiction choice by The Guardian. The book launch took place on May 27th in “Mediathek” – a modern-style Public Library, situated in the beautiful Vake Park, in the center of Tbilisi. The launch featured a short introduction by Maia Khechinashvili, an active member of Tbilisi Guerilla Gardening, and a stimulating overview of the book by Stela Namgaladze, a member of the Young Greens Georgia. Over 50 people attended the presentation and they all received their own personal copy of the book.

Radarami has a busy summer ahead: we will be distributing the copies of “Gone Tomorrow” at our more than 100 locations; and organizing presentations in the Eastern, Northern and Southern regions of Georgia. Meanwhile, our next book “Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do” by Tom Vanderbilt is being translated and edited.

This Spring was very active for Radarami: we traveled to some of the biggest regional cities of Georgia and held presentations for "Bloodlands." Our events were well covered by the local media and aroused lively discussions in those cities. Nana Gagua – a school director, Nino Chkhetia – a journalist and Goderdzi Tevdoradze – a historian presented the book to the audiences in Ozurgeti, Batumi, and Kutaisi respectively. Later on at the Tbilisi Book Festival Radarami gave away the final copies of “Bloodlands” and shortly discussed this book’s importance with its editor Davit Kopaliani and translator Giorgi Gureshidze.

Our books have been very popular on two major book fairs in Tbilisi that took place in late May. As a result we are out of copies of “Being Wrong”, “Switch” and ‘Bloodlands” and trying hard to raise 5000$ for another print run, remember each 10$ prints 5 books! We thank you for your generous support and for making it possible for Georgian readers to engage in the worldwide conversation through these books.

If you have any questions/comments please email me at mariama@radarami.org

Kindest Wishes, 
Radarami Team

 

 Photo Credits:

Saba Chanuyvadze 

"Gone Tomorrow" launch, May 2015
"Gone Tomorrow" launch, May 2015
New Book Launch
New Book Launch
"Bloodlands" Presentation; Kutaisi, March 2015
"Bloodlands" Presentation; Kutaisi, March 2015
"Bloodlands" Presentation; Ozurgeti, March 2015
"Bloodlands" Presentation; Ozurgeti, March 2015
All Radarami Books; April 2015
All Radarami Books; April 2015
 

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Tbilisi, Shida Qartli Georgia

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