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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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Good news: I’ll take care of the FAO Emergency web activities

This week I have a very good news!

I’m  going to take care of the FAO Emergency Division website together with the related social media and the internet communication.

FAO Emergency

This is a very important news!

And now let’s  start working on the open issues.

First question is: how many people do browse the website and who are they?


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Explaining ComDev using video interviews

Communication for Development has a big problem nowadays: people do not clearly understand what it is.

During the preparation and the development of the ComDev Expert Consultation we produced short videos (almost 30) to explain basic concepts of ComDev. The entire list is available on the FAO ComDev channel on youtube.

FAO ComDev Channel on youtube

Mario, Riccardo, Oumy and many others provide interesting explanations of what ComDev is and how it deals with rural development and agriculture.

The experiment was also important to provide a clear example of how, using limited means and without a specific experience, it is possible to create a sort of mini-training course exploiting the power of social media.


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Here we come

We are just few hours from the official starting of the FSCA-PISA workshop on ComDev. It is night and I’m almost closing my laptop after having prepared the latest documents for tomorrow.

This afternoon, during “day 0“, the first important goal was achieved: the Social Reporting Team met to discuss our activities and share the tasks. We decided to go for pictures, podcasting and blog posts. Video is a possibility but we have to find time and support for that.

The Social Reporting Team

As you can see in the picture, the Team is officially (and initially) composed by Oumar Ndiaye (Senegal), Thierno Souleymane Bah (Guinee), Mamadu Aliu Djalo (Guinee-Bissau) and myself.

Follow us and you’ll have a great experience!


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The SocialMedia Team at WSFS 2009

Here we are: the guys who covered the World Summit on Food Security using the most common Social Media.

Thanks @gaurisalokhe for having set up the Team and happy to be part of it!

By the way, here is where you could follow the activities:


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Socialmedia and the Iranian Election

I found this very interesting article on how socialmedia are supporting the events and the information sharing process during the events which followed the Iran Elections.

I really think it’s worth reading it to have an idea of how information, people and Internet go together today.

UPDATE: more from the same source: a social media timeline on Iranian Elections.