Thanks to Nancy White, workshop facilitator for sharing this update.
The “Social Media in International Development” Workshop kicked off on September 7th with four CGIAR members, two World Bank staffers, a representative from a Dutch NGO and from an Australian university.
With this diversity, the group was off to a great start in their work to understand the application of social media in international development. We covered four continents and 5 time zones!
The first week focused on understanding social media and the context for the its use in development. There are many potential applications from supporting scientific research, collaboration, engaging with stakeholders and disseminating information. The accompanying mind map offers a glimpse of the conversation, which included defining social media, exploring the participant’s potential applications and then beginning to open up the implications of the use of social media.
These week one conversations held asynchronously online and with a weekly telephone/skype call set the stage for week two which began an exploration of three types of social media identified by the group: blogs, wikis and collaborative platforms. This activity will culminate in the production of a summary page on a blog, wiki or added to the existing base resource of the Knowledge Sharing Toolkit http://www.kstoolkit.org
In addition to the conversations,
- the group used and gave positive reviews of the recently released FAO IMARK module on social media,
- listened to podcasts from workshop guest, William Anderson on open science and scientists uses of Twitter
- and had as an option the chance to do a personal exercise on online identity