“How many of you are on Facebook?” asks Pete Cranston from OxfamGB during his session–most of the audience raised their hands. He told us that we are some of the approx. 42 million Facebook profiles.
So how many of you are on Facebook? do you only use it for personal use?
What about using Facebook for work?
Oxfam has been. They have set up Facebook groups or used applications in Facebook around the G8 meetings, Darfur, and the Starbucks and Ethiopian coffee issue. And they have had a really good response and managed to reach a very large group of people…many of whom are not usually targeted or reached by more traditional communication avenues.
Oxfam has also used MySpace, Flickr, and YouTube for communication, awareness raising, campaigning and interacting with others.
Could the CGIAR, its Centres, progams, projects etc also use such Web 2.0 tools in our work?
Some already are :
-Ask Luz Marina Alvare and Nancy Walczak from IFPRI who have been using blogs and wikis for sharing knowledge and enhancing collaboration of the institution on both an internal and external level
-Find out from Thomas Metz of IRRI how he has been achieving more open collaboration in an Institutional Context using Web 2.0 tools.
In the conference we have been learning about:
wikis, blogs, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, RSS feeds, tagging, vlogging(video logging), Dgroups, social bookmarking
…and despite recognised problems of connectivity, capacity, and infrastructure, these tools have been used in:
-research, development work , by communities, in rural areas, in the North and the South etc
-share knowledge, increase collaboration, widen access to and from groups, discuss, plan, implement, store, manage, analyse and much more.
Why not try something out…