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    January 12th, 2011EuropasionariaGirl Power, Quote of the week

    Go for Excellence, sweetie. It’s not a crowded field.

    It’s from Aunt Lola on Twitter. She’s older than you and she knows better.

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    January 6th, 2011EuropasionariaEurope, Girl Power

    I’ve found on Un Européen jamais content this promotional video of Hungary, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. According to that footage, the Hungarians invented a lot of useful stuff such as the automatic gearbox, the autoexposure still camera, the refrigerator, the articulated bus, the soft contact lenses, gramophone records, Excel, and the colour TV set.

    Wow! What a great country, right?

    I liked this video. I thought it was good. Very good promotion indeed… until minute 6:45 where after informing us about all the great things Hungarian men invented they tell us, randomly, that… they also have “the most beautiful women on earth”! First, that’s probably far from true. Then, why do they need to say that exactly? Is that a touristic attraction? It’s totally out of place. Sorry, it completely ruined it for me.

    PS: I love Hungary. Fun people, good food, great wines, fantastic lake Balaton, and also the ugliest men on earth… just kidding 😉

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    December 24th, 2010EuropasionariaGirl Power

    Three pieces of advice from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to working women:

    1. Sit at the table
    2. Make your partner a real partner
    3. Don’t leave before you leave

    Thanks to @Elena2020 for sharing this inspirational TED talk on Twitter.

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    December 21st, 2010EuropasionariaGirl Power, Life

    Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate.
    Without them, what would shape our lives?
    Perhaps if we never veered off course, we wouldn’t fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are.
    After all, seasons change.
    So do cities.
    People come into your life and people go.
    But it’s comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart.
    And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.

    I’ve found this quote on the Facebook page of the series Sex and the City. I thought about it yesterday when I wrote the post about E-blogs, where I argued that failure is alright as it paves the way to future successes.

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    November 17th, 2010EuropasionariaBrussels, Girl Power

    Do you know a girl? Yes? Good.

    Does she have plans for Saturday? No? Great.

    Is she bored? Even better!

    Imagine learning how to launch a rocket by a real astronaut, working together with an architect to design your dream home, programming a robot to walk down the school halls, using physics to play pool and ride a rollercoaster, understanding how the body works, playing with the chemistry in make-up, manufacturing new fashion designs… Fun isn’t it?

    On Saturday 20 November at the International School of Brussels, 300 girls will spend an entire day esploring science and technology in fun and exciting ways. On that day, Greenlight for girls -an NGO with the mission to encourage young girls of all ages to consider a future in math, science, engineering and technology- will host its inaugural ‘Science Day’ event with a full complement of free, hands-on science and technology workshops, for girls aged 11 to 15, led by outstanding women in their fields, and some very exceptional men.

    More information here. To sign up, please send an email to melissa@greenlight-project.com


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    November 16th, 2010EuropasionariaEuroblogosphere, Girl Power

    The launch of a new good Euroblog is always a source of joy and hope for the blogging advocate that I am, even more so when it’s written by a woman!

    So I’m very happy to announce this week that two of my EU Girl Geeks mates are either launching a new blog or revamping an old one:

    Ladies, congratulations and long live your blogs!

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    October 21st, 2010EuropasionariaEurope, Girl Power

    Susana del Río, a woman with a passion

    I cannot count how many times I’ve heard that Europe is boring, complex, technical, not fun, etc. However, I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the people I’ve heard talk about Europe with passion. Thanks to Alejandro from La traducción es la lengua de Europa, I’ve found a new one. A Spanish woman at that.

    Alejandro has translated into English an interview of Susana del Río, an expert in European communication, that was originally published in Spanish on Encarna’s blog Más Europa. This is a great read for anyone who is genuinely interested in the European project as a grassroots-led movement.

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    October 2nd, 2010EuropasionariaGirl Power

    You’ve got to watch this:

    And this:

    Now check the amazing Girl Effect website, and spread the word in any way you can! Please.

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    September 26th, 2010EuropasionariaEurope, Girl Power, Web 2.0

    Icelandic volcano ash cloud simulation © Pietro Zanarini/Flickr

    Berlin, April 15, 2010: I’m at the social media conference re:publica 2010 where we are organising a workshop with friends from the Blogging Portal. Little by little, I realize something’s wrong with the airlines. It seems an Icelandic volcano is causing a giant ash cloud, paralysing most European airports. We’re told it could last a few days… I start worrying about not being able to get back home. In this mess, we all try and find as much information as we can. I check Twitter on my BlackBerry. I discover the hashtag #ashtag, and through that, the Eurocontrol Twitter account. From then on, it became my primary source of information as it was the most up-to-date and the most reliable.

    The Eurocontrol Twitter account went from a few hundred followers to a few thousand within a few days. All that thanks to the talent and determination of a lady, Aurélie Valtat, who is now nominated at the SimpliFlying-Airline Business Awards for Social Media Excellence for Airlines, category SimpliFlying Hero of the Year.

    Back then, I was absolutely amazed by the way Eurocontrol handled the situation through Twitter. How Aurélie used Twitter during this crisis should be an example for all institutions trying to get into the social media world. She was informative, responsive, human, funny, genuine… she got it, I thought.

    Aurélie has now become a friend and a member of the EU Girl Geeks. Please vote for her now! Not because she’s my friend but because she deserves to win. Go on this page, scroll down, it’s the last box at the end.

    You can also read Aurélie on her blog Content Bit(e)s, and follow her on Twitter.

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    July 26th, 2010EuropasionariaEuroblogosphere, Girl Power

    Rosie the blogger - CC Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com, after J. Howard Miller

    With the folks at the Blogging Portal, we ran a funny experiment last week. Editors nominated their favourite Euroblogs and ended up with a list of 30. Then Blogging Portal users could cast a vote online for their top 5 Euroblogs. The results were announced yesterday.

    I’m happy to see that at least one female Euroblogger made it to the final top 5. Congratulations to Lobby Planet‘s author for her continuous quest for trying and making the EU look funny. We need more light-toned Euroblogs, and we also need more female Eurobloggers.

    I’ve analysed the top 30 through a gender lens (see full list below). If you leave out the collectively written blogs, which have both male and female authors, there are 6 female bloggers in the list as opposed to 18 male bloggers. That’s right, just one quarter of the nominated blogs are written by ladies, this is even lower than the gender balance ratio of the current European Commission. This is not too bad but it could be much better. As French feminist blogger Olympe points it in a reaction to the Wikio classification of top political blogs, women are as underrepresented in the blogs that are deemed influential as they are in high positions in politics and at work.

    Generally women are not as comfortable voicing their political opinions as men are. I see this at every conference I go to, when it’s question time, only men dare speak. Surely not because they have more to say but because they are more confident that what they think is of interest to others. Ladies, your opinion matters. Whatever you write, you will find an audience, your very own audience. So, get blogging!

    I’m still surprised each time I publish a blogpost to see that people read what I write and that they are not my family and friends. I’m flattered that my fellow Blogging Portal editors nominated my blog as one of their favourites, and even more so that I actually made it to the top 10 of the readers’ favourites! See, just like many ladies, I still lack confidence in the value of what I do.

    I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on this blog before but in the same spirit, with my Twitter friends Kattebel and Linotherino, we launched the EU Girl Geeks network last year. EU Girl Geeks is a group of women who combine a geekiness that is both linked to techie stuff and to the EU bubble. Thanks to the genius IT skills of Linotherino we have now a website where we list blogs about Europe that are written by women. Have a look and feel free to suggest other blogs we might not yet know of! We are also on Facebook and Twitter. By the way, we are meeting this week for drinks and dinner so if you are geekie and girly, feel free to join!

    Results of the Blogging Portal's poll on your favourite Euroblogs

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