NEWS October 2011

October 18, 2011 LND Methods & Tools

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Social Reporting – SDC Lessons to be Learned

March 29, 2011 Adrian Gnägi Methods & Tools

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by Adrian Gnägi

SDC has been experimenting with Social Reporting for roughly 2 years now (see two earlier blog posts by Tobias and by Adrian). After the latest experience with the meeting of SDC’s “decentralization and local governance” network (dlgn) in Sarajevo in March 2011, we think we are ready for mainstreaming. Below please find some of our main “lessons to be learned”.

Who should report?

The basic idea behind social reporting is that “all” participants in an event should report, thereby providing for polyphonic narration and democratic representation. While I fully endorse the value position this concept is based on, we found serious practical constraints when trying to implement it. There are attention & time use tensions & trade-offs between “participation” and “reporting”: social reporting turned out to mostly be night work. When disentangling issues, we realized that in using video reporting, voice can be separated from reporting work. Our current thinking therefore is that not everybody should be pushed to report on everything using all reporting media, rather: (more…)

Learning with photos and videos

January 12, 2011 Manuel Flury Methods & Tools

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Kuno Schläfli

Kuno, you have always used photography in your professional life. Why do you do this? What is the value added of visual means in international cooperation, compared to classical tools of communication and expression such as written reports, booklets, etc?

  • Photos speak a more universal language than formulated text in a specific language. Photos can better be understood by persons not familiar with a professional context. Of course, an image must always be interpreted in relation to the cultural background of the person who looks at it: an Ethiopian child would probably not read the same message from a photo showing a group of young people outside a bar in Berne on a cold winter evening as you or me would. (more…)

Social Reporting on Training “The learning SDC Mongolia country program”

November 23, 2010 Adrian Gnägi SDC Experiences

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By Adrian Gnägi
Social reporting is a new approach  in reporting about events. Its purpose is to overcome some of the well-known knowledge management shortcomings of normal reporting:

  • After an event, participants usually go back to their busy routine and, even though they might have planned to do otherwise, end up writing their reports with considerable delay.
  • When the reports finally are distributed, the event has somewhat faded away already and interest is often rather low. Reports frequently are not taken account of.
  • Reports typically come in the form of texts. Busy people increasingly are reluctant or unable to take up written information. Reports often end up unread in files or archives.
  • Reports are often one-sided. They are written by organizers, moderators, or individual participants, but the full flavor of different perspectives, insights, and judgments present during the event is missing.

With social reporting, reports are being 

  • produced during the event,
  • by different authors, 
  • published immediately on the web, and
  • using many different reporting formats like interviews, video testimonials, blog posts, pictures, audio recordings, power point presentations etc. – including of course texts.

Social reporting can be used whenever there is an interest by a broad audience to get information about the event. (more…)