|The Dirk, backstage at
the 2004 Awards Ceremony in Philadelphia
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which exists to celebrate inspiration, leadership and contributions
to the eRider community.
The Dirk Award is given annually to Circuit Riders
or eRiders who have shown extraordinary contributions to the
nonprofit and international NGO technology communities while
paying tribute to the principles of social justice and the
role technology can play in empowering other communities and
individuals. eRiders are one of the largest global resources
of ICT capacity building for development organizations and
work in a world-wide movement with growing representation in
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The Dirk Award Committee is honored to
2006 Dirk Award Winner!
Vladimir "Kaladan" Petkov
The Dirk Award Committee is honored to announce
Vladimir Petkov as the 2006 winner of The Dirk Award.
Since 2003, Vladimir Petkov (aka Kaladan) has worked as an
eRider, serving as Content and Project Manager at Interspace,
a New Media Art Centre in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is part of a
great team which supports his efforts in spreading eRiding;
the team is creative, dedicated and ever-willing to welcome
new visitors to Interspace. Several years back, the term “supeRider” was
coined to describe an individual who showed strong mentorship
and leadership skills both on their own eRider team as well
as in the larger eRider community; Kaladan has been an embodiment
of that term ever since he started eRiding.
Along with his team of talented eRiders at Interspace, Kaladan
has "hosted" visits from two other eRider teams,
Open Consultants from Georgia and the eRider team from Tajikistan.
Kaladan set a week-long agenda for each visiting team that
offered learnings on how the Interspace eRiding team has been
successful, but also provided opportunities to address the
visiting teams' current challenges. Kaladan has also traveled
to Tajikistan and most recently Thailand to provide training
to eRider groups there; in Thailand he trained with eRiders
working in the "Free Burma" movement, and he has
agreed to travel to Sierra Leone to work with teams of eRiders
working in West Africa. He is also responsible for the running
of the eRiders.net website.
Kaladan and Interspace have long been at the forefront of
providing Open Source Solutions to NGO's. His strategy of deploying
open source solutions came as a response to a Bulgarian Government
crackdown on illegal software piracy which threatened to close
several Bulgarian NGO's. With Kaladan's help, many Bulgarian
NGO's remained open and his model for migrating NGO's to Open
Source has been used by many other eRider organizations.
In person, Kaladan is warm, friendly and always has a smile.
He is also entirely humble and always ready to help where he
can. It is because of these traits that we are honored to acknowledge
Kaladan and all that he has done for the eRider community and
for the NGO sector as a whole.
The Committee of previous Dirk Award recipients and the global
eRider and nonprofit technology support community congratulate
Kaladan for passionate, inspiring, far-reaching work!
We welcome comments, questions, and suggestions.
Feel free to contact us!