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[Webinar] Dgroups: simple solutions for building online communities

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Full slide deck from the webinar organized in partnership between FAO and Dgroups on 22 March 2018

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[Webinar] Dgroups: simple solutions for building online communities

  1. 1. Dgroups: simple solutions for building online communities Webinar – 22 March 2018 The webinar will start at 16:00 CET (Rome, Amsterdam, Brussels – check time in your time zone)
  2. 2. Webinar process overview Welcome & Dgroups Intro • 10 mins Dgroups Cases (3) • 20 mins Q&A / Open Discussion • 30 mins
  3. 3. Webinar housekeeping rules Keep the allocated time for presentations and discussions Be brief in comments and questions Use the chat to comment or ask questions during presentations
  4. 4. Facilitation team Alice Van der Elstraeten FAO Pier Andrea Pirani Euforic Services/Dgroups Foundation
  5. 5. Speakers Saskia Harmsen C4C Alliance & Dgroups Board Suzanne Phillips FAO Giacomo Rambaldi CTA Neil Pakenham- Walsh HIFA
  6. 6. Guiding questions for case studies What issue are you trying to solve with Dgroups? How have you used Dgroups? Why would you recommend Dgroups to others?
  7. 7. An introduction to Dgroups Dgroups-FAO Webinar 22 March 2018 Saskia Harmsen Dgroups Board
  8. 8. Dgroups is… Dgroups
  9. 9. Dgroups is… Dgroups A Partnership & Foundation
  10. 10. Full Partners (15) • 5000 Euro / year Associate Partners (9) • 500/1000 Euro / year Project Partners (3) • 500/1000 Euro / year
  11. 11. Dgroups vision: “A world where every person is able to contribute to dialogue and decision-making for international development and social justice”
  12. 12. Dgroups is… Dgroups A Partnership & Foundation A web based platform – Community- Cloud
  13. 13. Dgroups platform – Key data • Public/private; open/closed; moderated/unmoderated 700+ communities
  14. 14. Dgroups platform – Key data • Public/private; open/closed; moderated/unmoderated 700+ communities • International organizations, Government agencies, National/international NGOs, Interested individual, Professional groups 290,000+ registered users
  15. 15. Dgroups platform – Key data • Public/private; open/closed; moderated/unmoderated 700+ communities • Int’l orgs; Gov’t agencies; Nat’l/Int’l NGOs; individuals; professional groups 290,000+ registered users • over 50% exchanged with & within African countries 400,000+ email messages delivered daily
  16. 16. Dgroups platform – Key features Simple
  17. 17. Dgroups platform – Key features Simple Multilingual
  18. 18. Dgroups platform – Key features Simple Multilingual Flexible and scalable
  19. 19. Dgroups platform – Key features Simple Multilingual Flexible and scalable Non commercial & respectful of privacy
  20. 20. Dgroups platform – Key features Simple Multilingual Flexible and scalable Non commercial & respectful of privacy Target to low bandwidth users
  21. 21. Dgroups is… Dgroups A Partnership & Foundation A web based platform – Community- Cloud A global public good
  22. 22. Making the case for Dgroups Appropriate technology
  23. 23. Making the case for Dgroups Appropriate technology Effective, flexible tool
  24. 24. Making the case for Dgroups Appropriate technology Effective, flexible tool Shared ownership
  25. 25. Making the case for Dgroups Appropriate technology Effective, flexible tool Shared ownership Reduce duplication and fragmentation of online communities
  26. 26. Some examples Suzanne Phillips FAO Giacomo Rambaldi CTA Neil Pakenham- Walsh HIFA
  27. 27. THE GLOBAL FARMER FIELD SCHOOL PLATFORM DGROUP Supporting quality FFS globally Suzanne Phillips FFS team FAO
  28. 28. Context: The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach • 15-25 farmers/pastoralists meet together over crop or animal cycle • Setup study and experimental fields – ‘the field is the book’ • Learn and experiment about ecology and field management • Uses non-formal adult education approaches, learning by doing Since its development by FAO in 1989 in Indonesia, the approach was adapted to different production systems, regions and organisations. About 10-20 million smallholders had been trained through FFS up till 2012, with FFS initiatives in at least 90 countries
  29. 29. Context: The Global FFS Platform A global FFS platform to: • Facilitate exchange of knowledge, expertise and information • Document and improve visibility of achievements globally • Promote quality of FFS through harmonization, collaboration among teams, develop key tools and studies Suzanne Phillips FAO Rome 22 March 2018 ❖ How to facilitate the implementation of good quality innovative FFS? ❖ How to support the growing global FFS community?
  30. 30. The global FFS platform A collaborative multi-stakeholder effort The FFS platform website was developed and is facilitated by:  FAO’s crop production and protection division, ▪ Many FAO divisions, regional and national offices ▪ A network of FFS partners ▪ FFS practitioners worldwide Suzanne Phillips FAO Rome 22 March 2018
  31. 31. Issue at stake: How to connect the FFS community of practice? Suzanne Phillips FAO • FFS website makes documentation, news and expertise available • BUT practitioners need a space to discuss issues and share questions, innovations and successes • Inclusiveness: everyone should be able to contribute • no matter how far, where they work, independently of quality of internet connection and IT skills… Rome 22 March 2018
  32. 32. How we used Dgroups: the global FFS email- discussion group https://dgroups.org/fao/fieldschools Topics discussed: climate change adaptation, institutionalization, IPM, livestock, post disaster risk reduction; exchange of training material .. FFS Dgroup = Parallel platform for discussions amongst FFS practitioners Over the past 14 months… 1000 members 106 countries 174+ discussions 790+ contributions Upcoming webinars • Livestock FS • Gender and FS • Fisheries FS Rome 22 March 2018 Suzanne Phillips FAO
  33. 33. Using Dgroups: we would recommend it! The Dgroup has allowed us to connect a global community of FFS practitioners. We would recommend as it is: ✓ free of charge for end users ✓ easy to use even if have low IT- literacy ✓ email-based, to overcome poor internet connection and reduce the time needed for exchanges (no passwords, navigating to website…). ✓ easy to moderate (admins’ viewpoint) Suzanne Phillips FAO
  34. 34. http://www.fao.org/farmer-field-schools/en/ THANK YOU ! Suzanne.phillips@fao.org
  35. 35. Some examples Suzanne Phillips FAO Giacomo Rambaldi CTA Neil Pakenham- Walsh HIFA
  36. 36. Webinar 22 March, 2018 Giacomo Rambaldi Senior Programme Coordinator ICTs CTA, Netherlands @iapad on Twitter
  37. 37. Issue at stake Status of national regulations governing the use of drones
  38. 38. www.uav4ag.org
  39. 39. www.droneregulations.info
  40. 40. www.uav4ag.org
  41. 41. 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 Dgroups (en) ~1K contributions 107 countries 943 members UAV4Ag community Born in June 2015
  42. 42. Why ? • Email based • Easily accessible to users affected by poor connectivity • Offline consultable (email client) • Privacy ensured • No parsing of content to profile you or serve you customized adverts • No profiling of members • Ease of use • By admins • By members • Customizable backend • Moderation • Visibility • Contributions • Language • Sub-communities and more …
  43. 43. Best use of • Project Working Groups • Private and invisible on the net • Time bound • Non moderated • By invitation only • Communities of Practice • Public • Moderated • Accepts unsolicited applications after review
  44. 44. Want to know more on Dgroups? Visit: www.dgroups.info
  45. 45. Some examples Suzanne Phillips FAO Giacomo Rambaldi CTA Neil Pakenham- Walsh HIFA
  46. 46. Healthcare Information for All A global community of purpose www.hifa.org
  47. 47. 1. What issue are you trying to solve with Dgroups? Problem: People are dying for lack of knowledge HIFA goal: Every person will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others WHO letter of support: “Healthcare Information For All is an ambitious goal but it can be achieved if all stakeholders work together” 48
  48. 48. 2. How have you used Dgroups? Launch: 2006 Mombassa ($3k from BMJ) Method: Reader-Focused Moderation Approach: 1. Agree/define HIFA goal (2006) 2. Explore how to improve availability and use of healthcare information (2007-) 3. Build critical mass / advocacy (2007-) 49
  49. 49. 2. How have you used Dgroups? (contd) Result: >18,000 members, 5 Dgroups, 3 languages, 300 supporting organisations, 40 funders, 12 projects. • Main strategic partner: • Main funding partner: 50
  50. 50. HIFA Financial Supporters 2018 ($50k) 51
  51. 51. 3.Why would you recommend Dgroups to others? 1. Dgroups works (Community Cloud) 2. Dgroups is a partnership of UN agencies, bilateral agencies and NGOs 3. Dgroups is committed to international development, human rights and social justice 52
  52. 52. Thank you www.hifa.org neil@hifa.org 53
  53. 53. Dgroups: simple solutions for building online communities Webinar – 22 March 2018
  54. 54. How to ask questions?
  55. 55. How to ask questions?
  56. 56. Time for discussion
  57. 57. Dgroups: simple solutions for building online communities Webinar 22 March 2018 Contact: dg-coordination@dgroups.org www.dgroups.info

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