Thanks to IFAD and @rsamii we had a very interesting morning yesterday meeting Dave Snowden for a lecture on his Cynefin framework.
Dave talked for more than one hour and I was overwhelmed by an incredible flow of inputs, suggestions, questions and doubts. These kind of moments are fundamental for professionals like me who have to afford the complexity Dave is describing in his approach.
To be able to “probe, sense and respond” we must be always open and willing to look for and receive new inputs from outside.
@snowded said: “We must create new architecture where applications work”. To do that our brain must be always stimulated and fight the risk of being stuck on our desks, behind our monitors, locked in our rooms.
Yesterday the Rome group of KM4Dev met for the second time since January ’09, when the idea was launched during the ShareFair 09.
As you can see for this picture everybody enjoyed the meeting and the idea of creating a new group.
The main topic debated was: CMS implementation and related training needs. The discussions grew over the present need to give a house on the Web to many different teams inside the organizations we are working for. FAO and IDLO are actually using TYPO3 to produce new websites and online environments but this created some problems both for the final users and the facilitators/trainers/knowledge managers because of the lack of specific skills and appropriate technical knowledge that this tool specific system needs.
As a consequence, awareness has raised in the group that appropriate training, both for users and for facilitators, is absolutely needed. In our case, the intermediaries between technical departments and final users (officers of different departments and their team), it is important to pass the ownership of the sites to the final users and create real capacities. Lately, the perception arose about high costs and difficulties (at least in Rome) that specific training on TYPO3 have.
While discussing these problems, a voice from outside the “chorus” told the assembly: “This choice seems to be particularly inefficient both in terms of cost and time. Why did you choose such a tool that is difficult and cost much in terms of training and knowledge acquisition? Have these parameters been considered at the moment of the choice? “
This observation led the group to conclude that, while evaluating a tool, the analysis of the final users’ needs and abilities is fundamental (if not the main parameter to consider for the final choice).
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FAO is doing a huge effort to produce and distribute a long list of content about the actual High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.
The website is a good channel to be virtually and ideally in touch with the event: the video, the pictures, the speeches and other material are available live on the dedicated website. Information is overall seriously taken in consideration. Not the same I can say for communication. My consideration is that, still, this material is not “web 2.0 oriented”. FAO talks but what is the attention for those who are listening to? Where is the intention to share?
What do I mean? there is a lot of good stuff but all this content, as is, cannot be incorporated and shared by other sites, bloggers, social networking people. So, the maximum I can do to talk to you about what’s happening in Rome is to link to their site, their images, their video…
Well, I actually have the habit to do something more than that to blog about something. What about your habits? Do you feel this up-to-date or a bit old-styled?
Ok, it is now open and living: it is the Web2forDev Conference, held in Rome at FAO Headquarters, from 25 to 27 September, 2007.
The title talk about participation to support development. I’m really looking forward to see if people will focus on tools and technologies OR on the “2″ of the title, that stands for: interaction, Internet, human relationships, online sharing, mutual trust, knowledge exchange.
Development really needs interaction and people who want to be open and sharing. The web could help a lot in this direction and I really hope people fully understood the potentiality of this media to support international cooperation projects. I’ll get back about it after the Conference.
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A very good occasion for us interested in Communication for development: The first World Congress on Communication for Development is going to take place in Rome, Italy the 25, 26 and 27 of October, 2006.
It is a very good occasion to meet and talk about our different way to approach the problem of communicating in development activities. I’ll be there, with a special event on “Building online communities and network”. Let’s meet.
The World Congress on Communication for Development