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Intervention at the Social Media Week in Rome

smw-romeA couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Social Media Week in Rome to discuss about ICT4D.

I tried to focus mostly on the importance of having communication embedded into development project rather than just after them. Thai is why ComDev is so important and should be taken into consideration by who design development projects.

Here are some tweets about the meeting:

Have a look at the entire story of what happened during the meeting.

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Talking about ICT4D

We met Tim Unwin, yesterday morning at FAO. Many interesting points on the table while talking about ICT4D and several interesting answers to the questions of the large number of people listening to his intervention.

Just few thoughts I collected:

“the web was considered at the beginning like a SOCIAL movement rather than a technological event”
“the power of LISTENING TO people”
“we consider fundamental to help people find THEIR solutions to their problems”

I keep collecting these kind of thoughts because I find extremely important to dig into the huge amount of discussion on the Web, the technology, the usability of tools, the management of knowledge, and other related topics. It is my attempt to let emerge the basics of these disciplines, that I believe to be simpler than we can think.

Comparing these notes with others collected during similar events, I think I’ll be able to create a sort of collection of principles to get inspiration from.

In the meanwhile, thinking about the ICT4D conference in December 2010 in London, I hope we can set up a proposal to present the activity on Rural radio, that is the kind of “ICT for development” we are specifically promoting around the world.