Social Media for Development Workshop September 2009

Dear all,

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From the learnings from the successful pilot (See blog posts about the event), and second Social Media Online Workshop, the CGIAR through its ICT-KM Program, is pleased to offer a new online opportunity for social media explorations, this time with the specific objective to embed social media in participants' contexts of international development work. This fully online workshop will run from September 7 to 25, 2009.

If you ask yourself questions like these, you might consider joining the

* How can I support collaboration in wide-spread teams?
* How can I provide opportunities for open dialogue with my stakeholders?
* How do we support communities of practice and thematic networks, online and offline?
* How do we share our content and knowledge effectively online?
* How can we make use of social media under low-bandwidth constraints?

This online workshop is designed for researchers, research and development communications professionals and knowledge sharing practitioners.

Objectives of the workshop

This three week online workshop will provide a collaborative, peer based learning opportunity for you, as development practitioners, to address if and how social media can help address your needs, opportunities or challenges related to collaboration, participation, or communication. By the end of the workshop you should be able to understand and analyze the opportunities that social media can offer in the view of your specific research and development context, identify some potential tools and create a plan of action.

Maximum Number of participants:

Language: English

Open to: CGIAR staff, not for profit partners, agricultural and development organizations. Individuals, consultants and members of for profit organizations may join on a space available basis as the unsubsidized rate. (See costs below)

Facilitators: Nancy White (Full Circle Associates), Simone Staiger-Rivas (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research GIAR- International Center for Tropical Agriculture CIAT), Pete Shelton (International Food and Policy Research Institute IFPRI)

Cost: USD$ 850. Individuals who work for for-profits or consultants:
USD$ 1050.

Contact: Please write to Simone Staiger-Rivas (s.staiger[at] for questions and subscription by August, 10 at the latest.

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