Monday, February 16, 2009

Day 1 of Workshop on Democracy in Asia: Combining the Best of Different Worlds

I was excited and nervous, to tell the truth. There were so many uncertainties:
- Would people follow the multiple complexities of the workshop approach?
- Would the folks be ready to accept the idea the change is a journey (hey, these are people sponsored by a German political party!)
- Would participants use the virtual tools that we suggest? Would they be able to handle the technology as suggested?
- Would the network of the hotel hold?

Well, we had a couple of technical issues but those were minor. The workshop concept worked perfectly. These were the steps of today

1. Warming up - asking particpants to mingle and to talk about what they are passionate about and what they want to take responsibilty for during the workshop
2. Setting up the six reporting groups and asking them to define their objectives and working procedures
3. Having short presentations to share the project work of the people from different countries (my personal highlight: A documentary about Jakarta garbage collectors, which was shown at the Berlin Film Festival: "The Wanderers"). See all presentations at See also the Podcasts of Friedrich Nauman Foundation Philippines at
4. I did a short presentation on Why Change Has Changed, which evoked a great discussion about steerability of change processes:

5. At 16h00, people went into their reporter groups and produced photos:, a podcast, a series of blog postings, and a video which yet has to be uploaded.

The Blogger Team in Action

Tomorrow is Open Space, all day long, on the theme
Increasing the impact of our work: Promoting freedom and responsibility in Asia
Here is a screenshot of our common platform which is filled with articles continually (I still work on that it will be made public):


Joitske Hulsebosch said...

Hi Holger, this is interesting because I've experimented with putting stuff online after meetings, but have been thinking how it can support the workshop itself. Would you say working with the tools had an advantage over working without the tools? How did it change participation or the process?

Holger Nauheimer said...

Hi Joitske,

I think it has defnitely advantages, even if I don't want to recommend it for all purposes:

1. It attracts young people who anyhow computer geeks
2. It creates a much more comprehensive and digestive documentation - if you give it the room. Our editorial groups meet every morning and every evening and spend in total 3-4 hours of work per day. The results are breathtaking and I still hope that I can open the community platform on Ning soon.
3. Because it is embedded in the entire process (and because some of the people are working with these tools anyhow), it enhances participation and digestion of results.
4. For the sake of the exercise I let them also do the classical OS documentation.

Hope that helps.

Joitske Hulsebosch said...

Hi Holger, yes that helps, you are quite positive. I like your point about attracting young people and people who already use these media.

I guess I'm looking for how for instance a blogpost by each participant and time for reading each other's posts could create a deeper understanding or reflection. Improve honest feedback. But that might still work better in a f2f-online sandwich.

Blog of Change said...

Hi Holger,

I just wanted to stop by again.
I really liked the presentation you embedded here...and I also like slideshare ;-)!

I tried to contact you. Did you get my mail?

All the best.

The Blog of Change.

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