Day 2 – Clarifications, offers/demands matching and group work
Once the preliminary activities have been done and people got a better idea of what was on the table, we moved to the second step of this meeting: the matching between OFFERS and DEMANDS.
This was a crucial point, where the evolution of the workshop was to be decided. If offers and demands were clear and comprehensible, well detailed and well understood, clearly defined and well got, then people could have the possibility to find answers for their requests and move to the next step: the creation of sub-groups to start talking about how practically match offers and demands.
The first innovation of the day was to start having this session, and the rest of the meeting, formally facilitated. The presence of a formal and recognized facilitator was, at the end, very important. Without her, the session could have been unfruitful and a loss of occasions. Clare‘s presence, who kindly accepted this role, was very, very important. Thanks to her it was possible to keep the focus of the meeting on the matching of offers and demands, without ending up talking about general topics of rural radio, and ourselves, the organizers, could dedicate some time to the exposure of our own projects, otherwise impossible.
Before proceeding to this matching, and to be sure that details have been clarified, we spend part of the morning on clarifications and explanations, to be sure that the presentations of the previous afternoon were fully explained. Then, we moved ahead to the most difficult part of the day: the matching between offers and demands. Everyone was provided with cards, green for OFFERS and blue for DEMANDS. Then, once individuated some main categories (content, training, management, equipment, funding, legal framework), we started to pair blue and green cards, starting from DEMANDS and looking for matching OFFERS. At the end, we had a full table where almost all (but nor every request) were grouped.
Once offers and demands were paired on the wall, it was necessary to create sub-groups to start working on details. The paper was pretty full of connections and it was not so easy to describe them and find out the best connections: many-to-many is the way to define such a s situation. Once again our impression of great turmoil on rural radio, specifically in DR Congo, was confirmed by facts. We found out that many different groups could be formed. Some involving the majority of the presents, some others just a minority. Time constraints and number limitations convinced us to concentrate on some of these groups only. Anyhow, it was clear that most of us were interested in gathering with most of the people around the table. About the topics:
- Training was the main issue, with almost all the participants interested in discussing it, in a way or another. Two different groups were formed and they were the first to meet in the afternoon, divided in two different parallel sessions: one dedicated to materials and manuals, the second to courses and resources.
- Second best came content with two more groups interested in content production and knowledge sharing.
- Another group met to discuss managerial aspects and potential partnerships.
- Last, but not least, came equipment, which gathered many different partners about the topics of maintenance, provision and central buying.
- Funding was obviously one of the topics that people wanted to discuss: getting the conscience that the demand could not match enough offer, it was proposed, and agreed, that people asking for it, could meet in a sort of plenary session to discuss collectively and see if there could be any solution or idea on how to approach this topic. The session was scheduled for the following morning.
- Legal aspects were of interest of some of the participants, but, due to the lack of time and not too loose the focus, it was agreed not to dedicate an additional group to them.
Once identified, the groups worked in smaller session, with an internal facilitator and a precise task for the afternoon: identify and design a plan of action for the near future, defining WHO, WHAT, HOW and WHEN.
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