Daily Corriere issue number 4 - Share Fair Daily newspaper
29 September 2011 – Issue number 4 HIGHLIGHTS of 29 SEPTEMBERAngels, geeks, sex, money,marriage and community 09:00 in Oval Room – How good an ally are social media tools for 21st century development workers? On Wednesday at around 12:20, this little 10:30 in the Oval Room – Use of tweet appeared on the technology to facilitate information flow #sfrome stream. and collaboration You can imagine the 10:30 in Room C300 – Surprised that thejoy and pride of the social media junkies and the social reporters at the famous Popeye is giving up eating spinachShare Fair. We broke yet another record! but still able to hit Bluto, his eternal rival in loving olive? Attend this session to find outMany people have contributed to more aboutm “Milk and Milk issues”the success of the #sfrome andwe’ll celebrate them today. A 14:00 in the Dining Room – Buildingspecial thanks to our keynote knowledge-sharing out of friendship – thespeakers: Etienne, Rob and Mark. KM4DEV experiencePart of the success of #sfrome 16:00 in the Italian Conference Room –twitter stream on Wednesday was Closing ceremonyMark Davies’ keynote address. Friday 30 September 9:00– KM4DEVJohannes Schunter captured all the tweets from this session and has made annual meeting in the Italian Conferencethem available at: http://storify.com/jschunter/sharefair-2011. RoomReflecting on his experience developing products over the last fifteen years on three continents, PROGRAMME CHANGE Mark pointed out how Approaches for strengthening stakeholders partnerships are key to abilities to generate, adapt and share success. In the US case, it was experiences (23) will take place in the tent geeks and suits, mixing ideas Livestock revolving development fund with money, and executing on (195) and Promoting use of ICT for market prolonged/periodic bursts of information exchange among women innovation. Mark sees the producers in Cameroon, Revolutionary same thing happening in history of Livestock and Pasture ICT4D, being driving Development Project in Morocco (236) will primarily by better not take placeconnectivity, ubiquitous technology, targeted financing, and perhaps mostimportantly, a class of high tech sophisticated entrepreneurs ready to New sessionengage. But as much as it is exciting, it’s also confusing, referring to the 11:30 in room B100: Conservationconfusion over what’s out there, what works, who builds it and who pays agriculture in Syriafor it. Esoko has experimented over the last few years and learned a fewlessons along the way, showing how distribution channels areconverging, content is converging, mobile operators are getting excited,and how transparency can positively impact marriages. In the end, allthese initiatives require a partnership of sorts, and where social andfinancial objectives meet, then the public and private sectors are uniquelymatched, but he ended on a warning that many public institutions are stillstruggling with the philosophical and operational challenges around PPPsand nothing will happen until an honest and visionary approach isadopted.
His wake call for the development world was: Private sector is strategicpartner and plays a crucial role, and development community shouldunderstand that they cannot do it all by themselves. And he concludedthat for private and public sector to work together we need to have a clearticulated strategy and legal and operational frameworks to engage.Bioversity International at#sfromeby Bioversity communications colleaguesWhat has really impressed the Director General and staff at BioversityInternational who are attending the Second Global AgriculturalKnowledge Sharefair is that wherever you turn, people are talking aboutwhat they are learning.Whether you are at a debate about the future of rural development, in atraining workshop about how to use ICT tools more effectively or juststanding in the coffee shop queue, someone wants to talk to you about thelatest ideas.And the buzz has spread online. Thanks to the great work of the#SFROME social reporting team, people from all over the world arealso participating in sessions and talking about what they have learnt.During his remarks at the inaugural session, Bioversity’s DirectorGeneral, Emile Frison, referred to the importance of internationalpartnerships of and collaboration. Sharing knowledge and experiences iswhat adds value to these partnerships and makes innovation possible onthe ground.We are an international research organization which exists to help poorsmallholder farming communities to make better use of and to conservebiodiversity in agriculture. We believe that biodiversity can bringsubstantial livelihood and nutrition benefits to these communities, whileenhancing the sustainability of agriculture in developing countries.With around 350 staff in 18 locations around the world, and a partnernetwork spanning over 100 countries, knowledge sharing is a realchallenge.This is why the Share Fair is so important to our work. It is not onlygiving us the chance to talk about our own experiences and share our ownknowledge, but equally importantly, a chance to learn from others aboutways we can do it better.And we wanted to share that with you.
Les club d’ecoutepar Ambrosio BarrosEntourée d’Ali Abdoulaye, Coordonnateur d’un projet au Niger et deYannick De Mol, Expert en information et communication, ElianeNajros, Coordinatrice générale du Projet FAO-Dimitra - Genre,information et communication en milieu rural, a présenté ce matin l’unedes initiatives phares mis en place par Dimitra dans ses zonesd’interventions : les clubs d’écoute.Il s’agit d’un « groupe de femmes et d’hommes engagés qui s’appuientsur l’écoute et la participation à des émissions radios pour s’impliquerdans la vie sociale et contribuer au développement local. Ces clubs sontdes groupements citoyens permettant aux membres de partager leurspréoccupations, leurs besoins, d’obtenir certaines informations autrementinaccessibles et d’entreprendre des actions constructives ensemble. Demanière générale, la création des clubs d’écoute communautaires visel’autonomisation des populations rurales, en particulier des femmes, et lerenforcement du leadership de ces dernières ». La présentation de cematin a permis de mieux cerner ce concept et les activités connexes deces clubs d’écoute (leurs membres bénéficient ainsi de formations et decours d’alphabétisation).A travers les premiers résultats et impacts obtenus, ces clubs contribuentaussi à la constitution d’un noyau de paix et d’un terrain d’entente quis’adapte au contexte des communautés dans lesquelles ils sont mis enplace. Ainsi, au Niger ou encore en RDC, dans la mesure où les femmessont de plus en plus nombreuses dans les organisations paysannes, elless’impliquent davantage dans les clubs d’écoute ; les hommes de leur côtémonopolisent de moins en moins la parole, et les femmes voient leurinfluence s’accroître dans la prise de décision au sein des organisationspaysannes. Se reposant sur la parole et les moyens de communicationadéquats par rapport aux zones d’intervention tels que les radio ettéléphones à batterie solaire, ce processus a l’ambition de s’étendregéographiquement.What does it take to make theShare Fair happen? Don’t ask“what”, ask “who”!By Johannes SchunterWhen walking through the IFAD corridors this warm Italian Septemberweek one cannot help but be amazed by the buzzing, vibrant energy thatis felt in every part of the building. People chat in corners, engage in upto 15 parallel group sessions, share their thoughts with someone with avideo camera or sit in the hallway with their laptop on their lap,communicating one of their many impressions through email, Twitter ora blog. Over 600 participants, 160 projects, 200+ scheduled group orplenary sessions, and one is left with an immediate question: How onearth did they pull this off? After all, there is no professional eventmanagement company involved here that pulls the strings. This event isdone by the sponsoring organizations themselves, with a surprisingly lowbudget and mostly with staff who – if they are not helping plan andimplement knowledge fairs – have other jobs to do.I talked to some of the organizers to get a small glimpse of the machinerythat made this event happen behind the scenes. Planning for thisShareFair started already in January 2011, with a one-day facilitatedbrainstorming workshop where the Rome-based stakeholders ( BioversityInternational, CGIAR ICT-KM programme, FAO, IFAD and WFP) gottogether to determine the general direction and approach they wanted to
take with this event, building on the first event that took place at FAO in2009. After that a Steering Committee was established in February toplan the event.As there is no general existing budget for Rome ShareFairs, the teammembers from the different host organizations had to raise funds for thesignificant logistical and programmatic requirements (which includenecessities such as security, ambulance, infrastructure andcommunication expenses) as well as to fund travel expenses for proposalsfrom participants who otherwise could not come to the fair and sharetheir learnings. Yet, I was surprised to learn that this entire event isrealized with notably less than $200,000 (actual and in-kind) accumulatedresources overall.Talking about proposals: roughly 300 proposals were submitted after theSteering Committee publicly announced the ShareFair throughtheir website in May 2011. The submissions were reviewed and filtereddown to about 160, the maximum capacity of content sessions that theIFAD building can accommodate during the three main days of the fairwith up to 15 parallel sessions at a given time slot.These sessions, however, are rarely self runners. If the thematic expert isnot by chance also a communication professional, a facilitator is neededto help the presenter avoiding tiring PowerPoint slides and instead turnthe presentation into an engaging, participatory learning sessionusing knowledge sharing approaches. But where to get those versedfacilitators from? Luckily, Knowledge Management staff in Rome arewell connected with the Knowledge Management for DevelopmentNetwork (KM4Dev), a community of KM practitioners working indevelopment. Additionally, a call was placed also within each of theparticipating organizations for facilitators. By calling on about 50+volunteer facilitators, the ShareFair organizers were able to provideprofessional facilitation for almost all project presentations, drawing on arange of creative and participatory facilitation methodologies which wereintroduced in a pre-conference training day for participants interested inthese tools.The training sessions of this so-called “Training and Learning Day”included not only facilitation techniques, but also introductory sessionsinto a range of social media tools for knowledge exchange andcommunication, such as Twitter, Facebook, Photos, Blogs or Podcasts.That those sessions were not just theoretical exercises was demonstratedduring the entire week by the social reporting team, a group of about 30+social media enthusiasts who committed to report live from eventsessions and interactions in between sessions through the full range ofsocial media tools. This way, the immediate audience of a few hundredon-site participants could be extended to many thousands of interestedpractitioners that followed the event online, by reading blogs, viewingvideo interviews or responding to tweets posted during the event.Finally, as a participant of the Fair, besides noticing some of the morevisible faces of the fair that give announcements and introduce sessions,you will most likely run into one of the many volunteers who aresupporting the logistics behind the scene at any given moment: asregistration desk volunteers, as information focal points and helpfulguides on each floor, behind the technology that provides meeting roominfrastructure, WLAN access and live webcast, or as runners who helpfixing the many little and bigger emergencies that we mostly don’t evennotice as participants.So again, what does it take to make such a ShareFair happen? It takes allthose people, seen and unseen, and I think they deserve a collectivetipping of hats for the astounding work they do. Or you just walk up tothe next one you see and give that person a ‘thank you’. And if you bringthem a cup of coffee they might even reward you with more interestingdetails on life behind the scenes of the ShareFair!