What is 40Brown?

When I was a little girl, my sister and cousin and I would get together and play. We all chose “play names” for our imagined romps. My sister was Clarabelle, and my cousin was some other fabulously feminine name. Me? I was Forty Brown.

No one knows how or why I came up with that name. Perhaps its a testament to my quirky, nonconformist side. Maybe I’m just weird. But one thing that’s for sure- its unique.

I’m all grown up now, but still that strange kid who calls herself 40Brown. My interests lie at the intersection of media, communications, anthropology, international development and sociology. I’ve finished a MA in International Media, but am still studying and learning every day!

The purpose of this blog is to bring these interests together, to pinpoint that intersection and flesh out connections. I hope you enjoy this eclectic gambol as much as I do.


6 responses to “What is 40Brown?

  1. Hello,
    Admittedly this was a pretty quick, though fascinated, scan of a bunch of the webpages on here. I can’t find an email or name though. I’m guessing you wish for some anonymity.
    We seem to have some similar interests though, and I’m curious, & would like to get in touch.
    I learned a few things on my even-quick scan… thx for that.
    Lisa Mighton

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I’m glad you found my blog- I have found yours and am equally interested.

  3. 🙂

  4. Kudos to a Great site with notable causes.

    Thought you may be interested in sharing a resource our charitable organization just released with the aim of helping other NGOs and non-profits.

    How to Exchange Large Files with Online Volunteers for Free: 17 Free Web-Based Services to Use

    Working with online volunteers usually involves the exchange of files, often exceeding e-mail attachment limits. With limited financial resources, how then can a non-profit organization successfully work with their Internet-based volunteers? Due to an ever expanding list of free Web-based file transfer services, one of which allows a whopping two gigabyte (GB) file upload limit along with an amazing 50 gigabytes (GB) of storage, large video or graphic files can now be easily exchanged between a virtual volunteer and a non-profit organization.

    With the assistance of virtual volunteers, Macdonald Youth Services’ (MYS) Online Volunteer Program Developer Randy Tyler released today a detailed listing of 17 free Web-based file exchange services. For each file transfer service, the name, Web address, maximum file upload size, monthly transfer limit, maximum storage, allowable file storage time and user requirements have been provided.

    “Over most of my 10 years working with our virtual volunteers, I have exchanged files via FTP or used an application installed on our site where I created separate accounts for uploads via a browser,” stated Randy Tyler. “Now I am using the free Web-based file transfer services more, especially the free services that allow 100 to 300 MB anonymous file uploads, which allow a file to be quickly transferred to one of our online volunteers,” added Tyler.

    MYS extends their thanks to Augustus Lo, Kayce Mickelson and Charles Franklin for their extensive assistance in the development of this list of free file exchange services. The nine page document containing the list of the 17 free file exchange services can be downloaded as a PDF file from:


    To subscribe or unsubscribe from MYS’s About Online Volunteering News E-Mail List, please visit the URL below:


    For further information:

    Randy Tyler
    Online Volunteer Program Developer/Webmaster
    Macdonald Youth Services
    Winnipeg, Canada
    W: http://www.mys.ca/volunter
    E: http://www.mys.ca/cgi-bin/randy_email.cgi
    PGP Key: http://www.mys.ca/pgp
    Video Mail: http://www.mys.ca/vm
    Skype: randytyler_canada
    T: 1-204-949-4292

    Macdonald Youth Services (MYS), a trusted and respected registered charitable healing and support agency based in Winnipeg, Canada, has been Building Better futures for Manitoba’s at-risk children since 1929. Through a variety of innovative and leading programming, MYS provides services for thousands of Manitoba’s young people on a yearly basis. Since 1998, MYS has been at the forefront of successfully utilizing highly-skilled online volunteers from around the globe to enhance their programs and services.

  5. Hi,

    I’m a video director/producer at PSPB, Penn State Public Broadcasting, and I’m currently working on a series of projects for Penn State for fundraising. One of the stories is about telemedicine in Africa and I’m interested in this image that I saw on your blog and would like to use in the piece. The challenge I’m having is finding who has the rights to this image, this is what brings me to you. Do you have any info on who owns the rights to this image? I’m hoping that it is free, any info that you can provide may help.

    Thanks for your time



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