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Share Fair 2009

A nice briefing session started today the “public” activities of the Share Fair 2009 that the Rome based UN organizations (FAO, IFAD, WFP, CGIAR, ICT-KM Program and Bioversity International) are preparing for late January 2009.

Gauri and Steve introduced the event, the basic principles and the collaborative spirit that are behind it. Now all departments and divisions of FAO and the other organizations are really welcome to propose topics for discussions and question to be treated in the open spaces which will take place for three days.

One intervention focused on the importance of exchanging the “common good sense” many of us use daily to solve problems. This is a crucial point to me: it can help people to understand the deep value of their “common good sense”, with a potential multiplier effect on the awareness of the important of their experience and capacity of doing things.

To put the accent on this spirit of sharing and interaction, various online tools have been set-up using to keep everyone informed about what’s going on:

The Call for proposal document is ready to be downloaded to present these ideas before October 31st.


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Learning Log – Week #2: Meaning and value for participants

“How might you communicate with your participants to market your online interaction space? Remember: if you build it, they may not come!

There is the saying that you can build something that is wonderful, but unless others know about it, care about it and want to participate, they won’t come. Just setting up an email list or a web interaction space is not enough to ensure success. We must make sure it has meaning and value to the participants and we have to let them know it is there!”