Day 1 Dedicated to presentations
The workshop, dedicated to “The Role of Radio in Development Practice”, has been prepared well in advance by the three agencies involved. To maximize the use of the time before the event, we decided to use a list on Dgroups: people introduced themselves and shared with the rest of the group the projects for which they intended to look for collaboration. The key principle was to define, for each project, “OFFERS” and “DEMANDS“. For a better comprehension of the other participants, it was important to highlight, for each project, what the organizations were offering, in terms of collaboration, skills, resources, ideas, knowledge, etc. and what were looking for.
The idea of organizing this meeting came from the consciousness that many different organizations are currently working in DR Congo on the issue of Rural Radio, at different levels. Being them all main actors of this topic (FAO, AMARC, Fondation Hireondelle, Institut PANOS Paris, Radio Nederlands, Farm Radio International, gtz, Dimitra, AMISnet, UNESCO, CTA), it seemed to us very important to have them organized and coordinated to get the best from their work.
As referred, one of the objectives was to “explore potential areas of collaboration among the participating organizations”. To do this, we thought to use the OFFERS as points of contact among the participant and, together, find the way to combine them with DEMANDS: it was not easy but surely possible.
To make it easier, it was important to have a moment for each participant to show his/her combination of OFFERS/DEMANDS, describe them vis-a-vis, give visual details, comment in a more detailed way, give a shape to the pieces on the table. We had a big puzzle in front of us and getting a better idea of all the single pieces was the starting point to find the best way to combine them, if possible. So the first day was dedicated to presentation to enable this flow of information to be redistributed, shared, analyzed, understood, chewed and digested by all of us.
At the same time, we also started to collect online all the pieces to give the participants a full framework for the future. Why? Well, I’m convinced that face-to-face meeting are fundamental in this kind of activities. I had been in touch with all the participants via email for more than a month, but I didn’t know most of them personally. As soon as we gathered around the table for the starting of the workshop things changed and conversations, sharing, and discussions were more fluent than before.
So we had in mind to do things for the immediate, but also to keep track of what was going on for the future, to have these relationship keep going, the activities proceed, the partnerships implemented and the collaboration successful and efficient. Almost all the presentation were collected and published on Slideshare to allow us to remember them and, eventually, embedded them in our own websites, whether in dedicated pages or in a future collective website.
The slideshow form Slideshare is the following while the short movie presented by RNTC is visible at http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/rnw/rntc/informotrac/informorac.wmv
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