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Archive for March, 2009

Giving the Sleeping Giant a Voice – An Interview with Klaus von Grebmer

During the recent CGIAR Strategic Communications Workshop in Penang, Malaysia, Klaus von Grebmer, Director of Communications, IFPRI, spoke about the need to implement collective communications activities among the CGIAR Centers. In an interview conducted at the conclusion of the first day of the event, he elaborated further. “To illustrate my point,” he said, “take the recent…

CSI Annual Meeting starts today-looking at spatial solutions for sustainable development

Today on the ILRI Campus in Nairobi, Kenya- a large group of people have gathered to discuss, learn about and plan around spatial analysis. This is the Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Spatial Information (CSI). This event includes: Two days of meetings around the CGIAR CSI Two days of a AgCommons workshop WhereCamp The…

Finally, a CGIAR Reform Initiative with Legs

From the length and breadth of the CGIAR they came, communication experts eager to be reunited as a group and keen to examine collective possibilities together. Despite their obvious enthusiasm, though, many of them admitted to a certain cynicism about another item on their agenda: a dialog session with the Transition Management Team (TMT) charged…

Enabling the mobile Web beyond the phat factor

Yesterday, TechCrunch published a guest post by Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering for Google’s mobile and developer products, with the title: Follow the Mobile User. Kudos to the editor for combining in one short title the three very keywords that made all ring bells go off in my monday-morning-challenged brain, on day 2 of…

African Geospatial Week: Nairobi 31 March–4 April, 2009 – why is it important?

Three-quarters of Africa’s food is produced in the often remote rural areas by small-holder farmers who largely rely on their instincts in deciding what and when to plant, weed and harvest their crops. These farmers have seen their entire season’s crop wiped out by unexpected droughts, floods, frosts, diseases and pests. Even in the best…

The Rise and Fall of Future Harvest – An Interview with Ruth Raymond

Day one of the CGIAR Strategic Communications Workshop kicked off in earnest in Penang, Malaysia, with a history lesson of sorts. Chronicling the joint efforts of CGIAR communication specialists over the last two decades, Collective Communications in the CGIAR: A short history of a longstanding effort elicited a lively discussion among participants, some of whom…

Coming soon: Blog series on social media tools

Twitter, Yammer, Social bookmarking, Facebook…facewhat?…are you feeling overwhelmed?  Well not to worry. Fresh from the Online Social Media Workshop that kicked off early this month, ICT-KM is ensuring that the wealth of knowledge generated is distilled into golden nuggets that are bound to keep you coming back for more. The workshop featured discussions on several Social Media tools (yes that’s…