Education
 Georgia
Project #10977

Read&Connect:Georgia Joins the Global Conversation

by Radarami
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Radarami's 17th Book's Launch in Kutaisi

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year 2017 to you all!  It has been almost 5 years since Radarami published its very first book in our Read & Connect series. And to the date, we already have 17 high quality book translations available for Georgian audience, with number 18th and 19th coming soon. We also would like to draw your attention to the fact that in 2016 Georgian alphabet was added to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage and this makes our mission even more significant. Let’s take a quick look at the figures from Radarami, before we dive into the stories from the last three month.

Radarami Fast Facts:

  • Books Printed – 51,800 copies
  • Books Distributed to bookstores, libraries, organizations – 41,948 copies
  • Book Events – 83 gatherings, including book launches, discussions, debates etc.
  • People who attended Radarami events – 3500  
  • Free books distributed at Radarami book events – 5500 copies

All this was made possible with generous support from you! Thank you once again!

And now to the news: we had a successful book release tour in November for our 18th book, environmentalist Bill McKibben’s Oil and Honey, that was distributed along with the reprint of our very first book “Fast Forward” by William Antholis And Strobe Talbott.  Radarami team, with a young activist, Tamta Khelaia, traveled to nine different cities in the regions of Georgia. The timing could hardly have been better, as conversation swirled around topics ranging from the Dakota Access Pipeline and associated Standing Rock protests in America to fresh environmental concerns and controversial hydroelectric plants here in Georgia.  We distributed over 2000 copies of the book right away to more than 150 places, including libraries, bookstores, book cafes and community centers.

Back to Tbilisi, Radarami team responded to the high interest from the Tbilisi State University students, and organized presentation of the Mckibben’s book in the 6th building of the university, that was occupied by the student movement ‘Auditorium #115’. ‘Auditorium 115’ has called for reforms to be made in the education system, for the abolition of student self-government and for support mechanisms to prevent students who are unable to pay their student fees. Many of them were deeply touched by the activism described in the book, and Bill’s personal story provoked a meaningful discussion on what really makes us to stand up and protest for various causes.

Later in December, Radarami with Frontline Georgia Club hosted panel discussion: ‘Russian Propaganda - a Challenge for The Modern World' with participation of Peter Pomerantsev - British journalist, writer and the author of our upcoming book “Nothing is true and Everything is Possible”. Other main speakers were Tamar  Kintsurashvili, Media Development Foundation’s Chairwoman and Nino Danelia,  professor at Ilia State University; the panel discussion was moderated by Natalia Antelava - BBC Journalist and Founder of the media platform "Coda Story". The discussion sparked stimulating questions from the audience of around 40 people.  The sneak-peeks of Peter Pomerantsev’s "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia” were also available at the event. The book will be published in January 2017 with partial support from Open Society Georgia Foundation.

Another book that we are excited to publish soon is “Lean In: Women, Work and Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, we are patiently waiting to receive the final manuscript, that is being customized for Georgian context in author’s Head office, California.

We know that there are many more thought-provoking books that Georgian audience awaits for and we are eager to translate and share.

On the final note, anyone who donates more than 30$ this month, will receive Radarami 2017 Calendar as a  hearty gift from us! We’re wishing you all the best from Tbilisi, where the holidays aren’t quite over yet – so whether or not your calendar calls for it, have a very happy Old New Year this Saturday, and an amazing 2017 to come!

With Kindest Regards,

The Radarami Team

Book Discussion with Auditorium #115 and Travels!
Book Discussion with Auditorium #115 and Travels!
Book Presentation at Grandpa Shaqro
Book Presentation at Grandpa Shaqro's Bookstore
Radarami on Book tour, Telavi Central Library
Radarami on Book tour, Telavi Central Library
The panel discussion about Russian Propaganda
The panel discussion about Russian Propaganda
Meeting in Knowledge Cafe in Tsnori, East Georgia
Meeting in Knowledge Cafe in Tsnori, East Georgia
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Radarami's mini free library box in Poti, Georgia

Hey ya'll!

Autumn’s come and here we are back with our thin coats in Radarami and we bring exciting stories from the past few months. As you remember Radarami was set up with the mission to engage curious Georgians from all backgrounds in the modern discourses happening globally, this mission is realized by providing high-quality translations of non-fiction bestsellers, on topics of critical relevance, such as global warming, democracy, education, health and psychology.  These books are otherwise simply not available to the Georgian audience. It is with your help that we are giving them more than just  local newspapers to read.

We are proud to have sixteen publications to date, in our “Read and Connect” series, and for these past three month we’ve been working hard to heat up the printing presses with Nos. 17 and 18. The oldest news you’ll expect to have heard regards upcoming publication of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”, for  which Sheryl Sandberg kindly offered us the Georgian rights as charity.  Some legal issues have kept that tied up in post-production, but a resolution’s expected within days. That means that Lean In is in line to become the 18th title with publication set for December 2016.

Before that, however, comes our October publication: “Oil And Honey: the education of unlikely activist”. Bill McKibbon’s call-to-action memoir, an account of his fight against the Keystone XXL Pipeline, is more relevant now than ever before. Many Georgians may not already be aware of the mounting  pipeline battles occurring across America now, but McKibbon’s book stands as a portal inviting its readers in further. Perhaps a reader in Svaneti, highest region of Georgia, will discover the Standing Rock protests while they’re still ongoing; perhaps he won’t need to, closing the book and recognizing in the Keystone XXL an echo of the careless hydroelectric projects threatening Svaneti today. And perhaps he’ll decide to join McKibbon’s army of millions, 350.org – only to discover what the measurement “350” stands for, 350 ppm, 350 parts per million, the accepted safe level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Only last week, scientists announced that, without change, the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will never again pass below 400 ppm. There couldn’t be a more essential time to bring this book into new hands.

As always, we’ll be introducing the book with a release tour in the end of October. Current plans will bring us to the main cities of Georgia: Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Gori, Telavi and Batumi and high mountainous settlements such as Mestia and Stephantsminda . What’s more, we’ll be following up the publication of our 17th book with a re-release of our very first! Fast Forward, a book about the ethics and politics in the age of global warming by William Antholis and Strobe Talbott, which is getting a second print run and will be distributed along with our new publication.

Meanwhile, we continue to expand our reach. During this Summer Radarami started to set up small “Free Library” is 5 different cities, where our readers can leave and take Radarami books. Moreover, at the end of September Radarami was invited to participate in the “Green Fest” organized by the Georgian Young Greens, in the post industrial city of Rustavi, not far from Tbilisi. The youth attending snapped up the books on sale there for the usual 2 Lari (less than 1 Euro).

There’s a rash of exciting projects in our near future, of a different sort from what you might have come to expect in the past – but we don’t want to give too much away quite yet!

In the meantime, as we tinker away at the new machinery hidden behind the curtains, we’ll just extend a hearty THANK YOU AGAIN for everything you’re making possible, every new book, every new step.

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

Thank you for your continued support!

The Radarami Team

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Radarami's Books exhibited in Rustavi, Georgia
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Radarami's books, 16 publications to date!
Radarami on "Green Fest" 2016
Radarami on "Green Fest" 2016
Radarami announcing upcoming books
Radarami announcing upcoming books
Radarami Free Library box in Telavi
Radarami Free Library box in Telavi
Interviewing youth for Radarami research
Interviewing youth for Radarami 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 and Moral 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, Guria
Library box in Ozurgeti, Guria
Book Launch in west Georgia
Book Launch in west Georgia
Radarami readers
Radarami readers
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,

 

The Radarami Team

Radarami Project Presentation in Tianeti, Georgia
Radarami Project Presentation in Tianeti, Georgia
Radarami distributing books for free!
Radarami distributing books for free!
Radarami Book Discussion in Telavi, East Georgia
Radarami Book Discussion in Telavi, East Georgia
Radarami new book launch in Tbilisi
Radarami new book launch in Tbilisi
Event for the pedestrian rights in Tbilisi
Event for the pedestrian rights in Tbilisi

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Our new Book
Our new Book's Cover

Dear friends, 

The Christmas time is upon us! And here are some exiting updates from Radarami! 

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, Nos. 16 in the Read & Connect Series are being printed in this very

moment and we can’t wait it to launch it in 7 days ahead, 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 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.

Wish you all the great holidays and note 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 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!

 

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

 

Thank you again for your generous support.

Best wishes,

The Radarami Team

Discussion in Ozurgeti, Guria, 1st December 2015
Discussion in Ozurgeti, Guria, 1st December 2015
Discussion in Ozurgeti, Guria, 1st December 2015
Discussion in Ozurgeti, Guria, 1st December 2015
Discussion in Kutaisi, Imereti, 30 November 2015
Discussion in Kutaisi, Imereti, 30 November 2015
Discussion in Kutaisi, Imereti, November 30 2015
Discussion in Kutaisi, Imereti, November 30 2015
Radarami Books at Kutaisi, Georgia
Radarami Books at Kutaisi, Georgia
 

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Location: Tbilisi, Shida Qartli - Georgia
Website: http:/​/​eng.radarami.org/​
Project Leader:
Susan Smith
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Tbilisi, Qartli Georgia

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