Sunday, October 19, 2008

Web2 at the CONCORD Communication Network

On 15 October, participants in the CONCORD Communication Network met in Brussels for a two day workshop on information, knowledge and communication. The purpose was to share and discuss the results of the 2008 media work, to define actions and opportunities for 2009, and to address the issue of communicating better as a group and with the members of the different national platforms and networks.

As part of this effort, Euforic has been invited to present the possibilities offered by the social web and to share with participants some of the lessons learned from 'doing' web2 for more than 3 years now.

Peter Ballantyne updated participants on ways that emerging ‘social media’ are empowering citizen to citizen communication: what's the social web and how are people using it, to communicate, collaborate, exchange information and knowledge?

A practical hands on session followed, and participants have been introduced to the basics of the 'new' web. Working in pairs or small groups, they created a personal home page and started working with feeds, seeing and understanding how content can 'travel' and how it is now possible to 'read' the web in a different way.

Further, they also saw how to easy it is to 'write' the new web, by publishing content in a blog. A short intro on videos, pictures and presentation sharing concluded the day.

At the end of the day, we asked Laura Sullivan from ActionAid some reflections on what she saw and practiced with. This is what she had to say:

This workshop forms part of the Euforic web2share initiative that supports Euforic members in using the new web tools and services and working collectively.

See Euforic newsfeed, dossier and wiki on web 2.0.