InfoShare Sri Lanka


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InfoShare Sri Lanka

  1. 1. Technology for Conflict Transformation The Info-Share Initiative in Sri Lanka
  2. 2. The Problems <ul><li>Severe lack of information sharing in the peace process </li></ul><ul><li>Over lapping of stakeholder activities </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration limited by technology </li></ul><ul><li>A culture of secrecy augmented by out dated technology </li></ul>
  3. 3. What will Info-Share do? <ul><li>Technology and media support for an integrated and holistic peace process </li></ul><ul><li>A platform, readily adoptable by all stakeholders in the peace process, to facilitate a culture of information & knowledge sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Engender a holistic, inclusive and participatory approach to conflict transformation </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>To provide comprehensive range of services (technical, training, logistical, strategic, project management and content development) to organisations and stakeholders in the Sri Lankan peace process </li></ul><ul><li>To create multi-sectoral and on-line networks / shared working spaces to enable a holistic integrated peacebuilding process </li></ul><ul><li>To create networks that will enable public participation and engagement in the peace process. </li></ul><ul><li>To buttress the E-Sri Lanka vision </li></ul>Info-Share Goals
  5. 6. Key points <ul><li>Perfect for geographically dispersed teams </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to set up and manage </li></ul><ul><li>Seamlessly integrated with familiar communication and productivity applications like email, Lotus Notes and Microsoft® Office </li></ul><ul><li>Always secure. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Info-Share technology platform <ul><li>Instantly bring together team members - from across Sri Lanka or anywhere in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Create, share, review and edit files securely – in real time if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate how you choose - instant messaging, chat or voice </li></ul><ul><li>Know which team members are online and ready to work </li></ul><ul><li>Track, manage and organize projects and meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Work online or off - all changes are automatic. </li></ul>
  7. 9. Challenges <ul><li>Groove not a panacea. Technology only enables change, which must be fuelled by those who are involved in the peace process. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dialogue of the Deaf – ICT as a geek experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Civil society and other stakeholders need to understand the potential of ICT much better </li></ul><ul><li>ICT needs to be receptive to the dynamics of conflict transformation and stakeholder interests </li></ul><ul><li>Full participation of stakeholders </li></ul>
  8. 10. Challenges <ul><li>ICT has helped re-articulate the popular desire for politics to be built on conversations, rather than on monologues. </li></ul><ul><li>People want to be seen and heard, not to just be recipients of information, but share in the process of knowledge creation. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology must enable users to participate and not just channel their participation into traditional systems of government. </li></ul><ul><li>A peace process demands radical alterations to existing systems of information and knowledge transfer. </li></ul><ul><li>Info-Share will have to dynamically adjust to the complexities of an emerging peace process. </li></ul>
  9. 12. The One-Text Process <ul><li>The Sri Lanka One-Text Process space was designed to facilitate dialogue and stimulate the exchange of ideas based on a One-Text Process. </li></ul><ul><li>This one-text procedure is a systematic process to elicit underlying interests and needs of parties and providing a mechanism and space to jointly explore and develop many options and deciding on one. </li></ul><ul><li>The work in this process and space will be offered to the Sri Lanka Track One negotiators as resources, guide and means to explore major issues before it reach the negotiations table. The participants in this space are Technical Experts, Policy Advisors, Process Managers, Researchers, Technology Support Consultants and individuals associated with the major political stakeholders or parties. </li></ul>
  10. 16. Travel less. Collaborating online and in real time means you don't need to leave your desk to share ideas with others. Save time and expense by travelling less. Easily collaborate with others. All you need is a phone and a computer with an Internet connection. Simply log on, set up a meeting, upload your presentation, and you're set. Increase productivity. Spend your time wisely by avoiding travel downtime. You can meet more frequently, at a fraction of the cost. Collaborate in real time. Share, collaborate, and discuss your projects in real time. All attendees can view the same information at the same time, as if everyone was gathered around one table. Top Eight Benefits of using Info-Share
  11. 17. Easily access previous meetings. Save your meeting content and enable remote participants to print it. Extend your influence — without geographical limits. Widen your potential base of stakeholders and influentials. Easily access people—no matter where they are. Get reliability you can count on. With up to 100% percent availability, Groove practically guarantees smooth presentations. Even if the presenter's system runs into technical problems, the meeting can continue. Enhanced security. With always-on security – including on-the-fly encryption, Groove assures that your work is stored in a secure environment. Top Eight Benefits of using Info-Share
  12. 18. ICT for visioning a new future for Sri Lanka !