Dear community members,
We are 4 weeks away from Riga and the global telecentre community is impressed about the way we europeans succeed in "keeping up the momentum" through our virtual existence at telecentreeurope.ning.com.
So here comes like a kind of "resume" of why everybody is so excited about us :)
Community's member increase
We are going at a rythm of 9 new members a week now. 4 more Riga participants joined:… Continue
Added by Lize De Clercq on May 9, 2008 at 15:00 —
At the first Telecentre-europe Leaders Forum (Riga, April 8-9 2008) the meeting facilitator Allison Hewlitt
invited participants to co-create the agenda for the rest of the meeting. People put their ideas on brightly coloured cards, provided the group with a short explanation, and placed them on the wall in a grid with time slots. Each of these would become a session, led by the initiator of the… Continue
Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 3, 2008 at 16:30 —
Hi again everybody,
As your weekly reporter, I am sending you this week’s update of our community’s activity.
Since my last update, 8 new members joined our online community on telecentreeurope.ning.com, which makes a total of 56 signed in members. Those that didn’t join yet and want to stay in touch with the community should sign up soon!
From the 56 members that joined our online space, 15 members were not at the Riga conference, these… Continue
Added by Lize De Clercq on May 3, 2008 at 1:30 —
As your communication facilitator, I will send you a weekly update of what's going on in our community!
Social network site
Our online community is definitely becoming a big success. Since my last update, 14 more members joined which makes a total of 48 people signed in now on "ning". Those that haven't joined yet: please do and be at the heart of what's going on!
The rythm was too fast to kindly welcome and present each member.… Continue
Added by Lize De Clercq on April 27, 2008 at 23:30 —
“Fund raising is a long shot, so make plans of like for 3 years, so that you can be realistic”
This was the message given by Major General Surath Sandhu to the participants at the Resource Mobilization Planning session workshop. This statement sums up the importance of planning for resource mobilization. Normally organizations expect the resources to be raised in short period of time, but they are not aware about the serious thought process that should go behind this.
Added by isura silva on April 22, 2008 at 7:01 —
First of all: thanks to all of you for signing up so quickly, I think the start-up phase of introducing ning as a communication tool in the community can already be called a success!
But let's move on to make this tool as useful as possible...! First step I think is to enable other members to identify and contact ourselves easily by checking our profiles.
So please check if you filled in following informationfields:
- your first name AND… Continue
Added by Unite-IT Manager on April 21, 2008 at 23:00 —
I joined the training workshop in Bangkok to learn, share, co-facilitate and connect with telecentre practitioners in Asia. Seven days after, I feel all was achieved and more… I always like more!
From regular contacts with telecentre networks around the world and personal experience, I know that networks have not, most often taken full advantage of the resources available. Did I say full..? It could even be a generous estimate. Fast forward; this is all due to inadequate… Continue
Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 19, 2008 at 7:54 —
Hi there everybody!
I am happy to announce the result of a fruitful discussion we had inside the Language Champions group
. As we all care for transparancy, we decided that in this online workspace, English should be used as the only language for public commenting (through the comment wall), blogging, discussing, etc...
As we understand language is a sensitive issue, we decided local languages could be… Continue
Added by Unite-IT Manager on April 17, 2008 at 18:00 —
Let me introduce myself to all of you. I am Lize De Clercq, assigned by telecentre.org and Esplai Foundation to be your online communication facilitator. (Those that were at the Telecentre Leaders Forum in Riga will certainly remember me as lize-the-cameragirl.) This blogpost is a little report on the community’s activity of last week:
Back home from the Telecentre Leaders Forum in Riga, a lot of participants inmediately signed in as a member of… Continue
Added by Lize De Clercq on April 17, 2008 at 12:00 —
There are so many interesting things that happened during these two days of the Telecenters Forum... many lessons and ways for the network to move forward. The most relevant learning I am taking with me back to Seattle is that networks are about people who care for each other personally, first and foremost.
It is difficult to convey in few words how relevant this lesson is. Networks, as a form of organization, do not provide much value if personal relations, trust, and care for each other… Continue
Added by Maria Garrido on April 15, 2008 at 20:09 —
My work has brought me once again to this wonderful city for a gathering of Telecenter leaders representing almost every country in the European Union + some others. The effort to bring together organizations from around the EU working on e-inclusion programs started last year in Barcelona. In this second meeting of this nascent EU telecenters network these organizations will discuss ways to strengthen collaboration, establish venues to learn from each other, and find a common voice to promote… Continue
Added by Maria Garrido on April 15, 2008 at 20:00 —
The structure of the event meant that firm decisions and actions were agreed throughout the 2 days. Every group session and plenary was potentially bring back an action. In several cases, participants agreed to undertake joint activities such as Bulgaria (icentres) and Romania (EOS) who went as developing a proposal. In the case of EUTA, it was dissolution of the Association and participate in Telecentre-Europe network. Other outcomes include:
1. Expansion of the steering committee… Continue
Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 18:39 —
The day started with introductory remarks from telecentre.org (Meddie), Microsoft (Melissa) and LIKTA (Prof. Imants Freibergs).
It had earlier been intimated to me that the audience is a mix of experienced telecentre practitioners and new birds - that were unsure if their technology centres and public libraries are indeed telecentres. In my remarks therefore, I underlined the operational definition of telecentres, consisting a place where technologies are accessed for training and… Continue
Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 18:36 —
...then it was Wednesday, and the TLF-Europe run its final day. It was time to take stock and firm up outcomes.
Overall, I was impressed with this event. A couple of weeks earlier, the taskforce was grapping with the agenda and nature of participants that would make the main objectives of the event come alive - knowledge sharing and consolidating the telecentre network.
By Wednesday afternoon (day 2), I could see momentum among participants; they wanted the network and… Continue
Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 18:30 —
These are some lines of observations I want to share with you after the first days of learning together how to use this tool:
Privacy of comments and/or messages between members?
For recently joined members, there seems to be a bit of confusion on sending messages between members. Most members start doing this on the "comment wall", which is great because all members can see how people start conversations and might be motivated to engage one… Continue
Added by Unite-IT Manager on April 15, 2008 at 18:30 —
The European Telecentre Leaders Forum started today in Riga, Latvia. The Latvian Information Technology and Telecommunications Association
(LIKTA) — the event's host — is ridiculously well organized. Registrations went smoothly and, along with the regular papers and swag, we even got Latvian history books and Black Balsam
in our welcome kits.…
Added by Christine Prefontaine on April 8, 2008 at 18:30 —