Saturday, May 30, 2009

Working with web 2.0 tools, 29th May 2009

"I will start my own netvibes link". "It will save me a lot of time!" "Netvibes and delicious are terrific tools for me." "I will further discuss the new ideas in my organisation and am considering to start up a Ning forum for discussion within our network!".
Participants were delighted and inspired after the 4th course "Working with web 2.0 tools", which was organised on the 29th May 2009 in Utrecht by the "Werken met Web2.0" consortium. The training was conducted by Simon Koolwijk and Elmine Wijnia who are both (e-) facilitators and advisors for developing digital learning products. Joitske Hulsebosch and Sibrenne Wagenaar are the other partners in "Werken met Web2.0" consortium.
During the course the participants got acquainted with the whole history of web 2.0 in the last 10 years. Flicker started in 2003, Linkedinn in 2003 and Youtube in 2005. The webworld and availability of webtools is changing very rapidly. After the coffee break up till mid afternoon the participants practised with 1. How to work with discussion fora - Ning, 2. How to do social bookmarking with Delicious, 3. How to get the information come to you by Netvibes and 4. How to develop documents and stored information through a wiki.
The day provided us a possibility to play. The set up of the day was very dynamic! Fine to play a practise during this training. My fear for webtools has been taken away! These were some of the positive comments of the participants on the day. "How to convince the Management Team about these tools", "What are pitholes to get other people enthousiastic and involved!" was provided as feedback on how to improve the course.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Participatory Video Youth Centre Uganda, presentation 16th May 2009

"Fantastic that the youth can film their own centre!" "It gives an actual impression of Kawempe Youth Centre" on how the youth see it". "A worthwhile initiative which helps the youth to improve their future possibilities!".

On the 16th May 2009 members and supporters from Stichting Kapini saw the participatory video "Youth about KYC". This video made by the youth from Kawempe gives a picture on how the youth and the staff see, feel and think how the Kawempe Youth Centre is functioning. Esther Kyazike, director of the centre, was proud to share her views during the video presentation which was held at Stichting Oikos in Utrecht. "It is nice to see in the video that the youth are happy that the facility offers possibilities to read books, do sports and make friends, and that the centre makes a difference in their lifes!"

The process of the video making was facilitated by Simon Koolwijk on the 28th February 2009 when Kawempe Youth Centre organized a Youth Day. Emmanuel Sserklaniko and Geofrey Lule filmed and interviewed the people at the centre. "It is another way of making youth feel part of the centre!".

Community participation, impact assessment & video making

"The video making was very inspiring!", "You have to involve the youth in making the scenario and doing the video making", "I see many situations where I can apply the community development methods", "The idea on how to do impact assessment, is now much clearer now!" These were the comments of Hanneke Velthuijsen at the end of the training "Community participation, impact assessment & video making" which was held on the 19th & 20th May. The training was conducted by Simon Koolwijk. The training was hosted by ICCO, who provided the training space and logistics. ICCO is one of the organisations for which Hanneke did research on youth in Guatemala.

At the moment Hanneke Velthuijsen is working as sport development advisor for Safe Passage in Guatemala City. Her role is to develop a sports development programme for the youth. Main focus is to help the youth to develop skills and gain tools which will direct them to positive action in their lives. Many youth in Guatemala City become involved in youth gangs, and this programme is focused to empower them to choose other directions in their lives by empowering them. Hanneke is currently under contract of Change the Game. This organisation is focusing on promoting sports as a tool for development in various countries around the world. Hanneke is sponsored by Vodafone.
On the first day Hanneke got acquainted with the project cycle and community mobilisation methods, that enables citizens to participate into community projects. Social mapping, venn diagram - stakeholder analysis, problem- and objective tree and action planning were some of the methods which were demonstrated and discussed. Some more tools can be found in the sports development toolkit box. On the second day Hanneke got acquainted with the principles of monitoring & evaluation, how to do impact assessment, and how to plan for a impact assessment by using the medium of video making. Ben Haagsma from IC Consult was one of the resource persons who shared his views about monitoring and evaluation. He is one of the authors who contributed to the book 'Planning, monitoring and evaluation in development organisations'. This book is stressing that monitoring & evaluation is process oriented. It should both focus on improving and proving, and the ownership for the evaluation should be with the main stakeholders in the project.
Finally Hanneke made a scenario for the video. This training was the topic and based on the video scenario she made more than 10 video shots. Through the editing program Power Producer Hanneke was trained on how to compose the video according to this programme. "This part is very inspiring to me!", Hanneke commented.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Methods for citizen participation - Hogeschool Utrecht & SWA Amersfoort

"Very practical!", "Useful for our work", "We become more aware about what we are already doing!" "I can use the methods with young kids, and also very useful tools for policy making!".These were some of the comments of the social-cultural workers who are members of Stichting Welzijn Amersfoort (SWA). SWA aims at improving the social conditions of the citizens in the city of Amersfoort (counting around 200.000 inhabitants). The social cultural workers focus their work on empowering and guiding children, eldery and migrant communities in life skill training, coaching and group activities.

The training conducted by Simon Koolwijk and which was organized by Hogeschool Utrecht on the 12th May 2009 aimed at inspiring the participants in learning methods for active citizen participation. The role of the facilitator and brainstorming were the key parts of the first day of this training.

The methods for citizen participation are called Technology of Participation and have been developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs. These methods are successfully applied in social development work in more than 40 countries around the world. Simon is promoting these methods in the basic facilitation training courses, since they provide key insights in the principles of facilitation.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Start up project Youth in the Centre - Moldova

From 4 - 8 May 2009 Procommunitate and Kontakt der Kontinenten met to start up the project Youth in the Centre in Moldova. This project aims to strengthen and build sustainable structures for youth work in Moldova. Beside Procommunitate and KdK, Proni Centre for Social Education, Hogeschool Windesheim, State University of Moldova and the Moldova Social Investment Fund are involved in this project. The project is focused at building partnerships between youth, government, parents and local organisations. The youth will be the ones in the centre, making their own choices with support from the stakeholders. During the start up KdK and Procommunitate shared their views and thoughts on how to implement the project. Visits were made to 3 of the 4 partner communities such as Cotiujenii Mari and Vadul Rascov in Soldanesti District and Varnita in Aneii Noi District. "For more photo impressions"

Simon Koolwijk is part of the KdK team and is involved in the training & capacity development part of this project.