YPARD was invited at the TOCS2013 - Technical Online Communicators' Workshop organized by CGIAR on 27-31 May 2013.
Three young people in web4agriculture and members of YPARD were waived the fee for the workshop and therefore benefited from this unique opportunity to strengthen their technical skills and practices as young web communicators.
This chance not only opened the door to a one-week workshop but also to a dynamic Community of Practice (CoP) meant to carry on a long run to share experiences, best practices & solve each others problems through their online group!
The workshop covered a wide range of topics:
Surprisingly, I was not that lost technically the workshop had this positive of gathering BOTH content and technical people and therefore helped to understand each others perceptions and facilitate the communications among two different logics of online communications. Thats the way to go to optimize tools and practices around, for serving our overall purpose: fighting against poverty through agricultural development lets not forget!
It is only the end of the beginning. We all went back home with a lot of work to do. I personally gained from the broad overview it gave me on the scope of jobs that online communications includes. None can be expert in everything and none can do everything its obvious but not easy to handle within a very restricted staff team. I need to prioritize our work better and find more people to work with. Nicely enough, I am already in contact with two of the CoPs Bean counting expert and Hardcore Geek to strengthen our M&E plans and some Websites instability.
Francis, another YPARD member, will be able to apply all the knowledge he got as he is soon to revamp the website of his organization one of the most exciting and challenging web experiences ever (talking from experience)!
Check Codrins blog post highlighting briefly but effectively key lessons he brought home from the workshop: What I learned from the #TOCS2013 workshop at @BioversityIntl on technical online communications
You can also go through my notes taken live during the workshop by checking my Storify Tweet string! A bunch of references, tips and tricks for web practices, you should get from there... I hope youll enjoy it and find it useful.
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