Urban Voice Cambodia’s workshop
Urban Voice Cambodia invited me to give a speech on its workshop this Saturday at Eden Park in Phnom Penh. The workshop was to present the website to different people and to explain the role of urban voices on the development of a city like Phnom Penh. The name of the activity was “The city speaks!”
Just to reach the Eden Park from the Airport it takes one hour by car. If the Cambodian capital has its voice, it shouts it needs bridges, roads, pedestrian paths, discipline… People in motorbikes are completely out of rule. Therefore, the idea of this Urban Voice is great and a need. Let’s not forget that it was Urban Voice the one that avoids a strain ruling to shut down internet cafes in Phnom Penh on December 2012. The worry of authorities was that students could spend hours on video-games and thus ruled to shut down internet cafes that were within 20 kilometers far from any school. Urban Voice produced immediately a map of the city where it is possible to identify all schools and internet cafes. Every school was enclosed in a circle of 20 kilometers around it… the result was that ALL internet cafes would be vanished from the capital! By showing this map to the authorities, the rule was suspended.
The positive result of the Urban Voice’s map defending the internet cafes in the capital is a good example of what this organization is about. Anyone can create a report on what is going on at the city: roads, floods, trash, education, events, etc. Submit a report is easy and the website is presented in Khmer and English.