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Notes from first get-together (26 January 2012)
A small but focused group of 14 of us gathered on that day at the information centre of the ILRI campus to:
- Find out who is part of this group;
- Exchange some ideas about recent work in the area of KM/Comms;
- Explore everyone's expectations regarding this group and how we wish to communicate among ourselves.
- Identify some ideas for the next get-together.
Who is part of this group? Participants to this discussion: Gashaw Kebede, Metadel Lemma, Fanos Mekonnen, Liya Dejene, Zerihun Sewunet, Abenet Abowork, Abeba Desta, Bezuwork Mulat, Tigist Endashaw, Fitsum Tesfaye Habtemariam, Mamusha Lemma, Mintesnot Kasa, Tsehay Gashaw, Ewen Le Borgne.
Exchanging ideas: We briefly shared some feedback on a) the ILRI annual partnership and communication meeting which just finished and b) some feedback about the results of the Web2forDev training which had taken place a few months back.
Exploring what we expect from this group: A short brainstorm session in small groups raised the following expectations:
How we wish to communicate among ourselves:
We listed a few tools we could use and indicated which tools we'd like to use to communicate as a group.The result is the picture below.
We agreed to use this Ning group to inform everyone about upcoming meetings/get-togethers and to report results of the discussions. For ongoing discussions between meetings however we will set up (Liya/Ewen) a Facebook group. We also agreed that this group ought to offer opportunities to try out new tools and we will explore other platforms in the future so this might not be the final set of platforms we use.
Tsehay gave the example of Yammer but the idea that a KM4DevAA group would be hosted on the ILRI Yammer account felt too biased so we discarded it.
Next meeting: to be defined but end of April
We agreed that a quarterly get-together would be good. The next one is yet to be planned (Ewen) but will happen again at ILRI, before we perhaps rotate the KM4Dev meetings at different locations.
On the menu for the next meeting:
See the bottom of the comments wall to find the picture with the tools we feel comfortable using. It boils down to Facebook group page (adopted) and Yammer (not adopted as too much ILRI/CGIAR-focused).