• BCGH (map)
  • 124 Soi Convent 2
  • กทม, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, 10500
  • Thailand

Stakeholder participation is essential for the long term impact of language development activities, multilingual education, adult literacy and community development efforts. This event explored how we can work in a way that encourages greater community participation in our activities. During the event we grew in our participatory mindsets, shared participatory techniques and tools which we have created or found helpful, and wrestled with problems or challenges we have faced in increasing stakeholder participation. We also had some break-out sessions each day focusing on different areas suggested by participants.


EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday 17th May
08:30-09:00 - Arrival & Registration
09:00-09:15 - Welcome & Introductions
09:15-10:30 - Plenary 1: Sharing of experiences and good practice in increasing community participation
10:30-11:00 - Break
11:00-12:00 - Plenary 2: How does the way that we encourage participation vary depending on who we are working with?
12:00-12:30 - Intro to Open Space
12:30-14:00 - Lunch
14:00-15:30 - Parallel Sessions… Tool demo 1: What We Want Our Children to Know; Topic 1: Explore what helps and hinders community participation; Topic 2: Exploring how to facilitate discussions well with less literate people and communities
15:30-16:00 - Break
16:00-17:15 - Open Space Sessions (see brief introduction here)
17:15-17:30 - Daily Highlights
 
Thursday 18th May
09:00-10:30 - Plenary 3: Vision building, vision sharing, and social mobilization as encouragers of community participation
10:30-11:00 - Break
11:00-12:30 - Plenary 4: Encouraging community participation in Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education programs
12:30-14:00 - Lunch
14:00-15:30 - Parallel Sessions… Tool demo 2: The Flower Tool; Topic 3: First contact with a community and its effects on community participation; Topic 4: Multilingualism and how it impacts education and community development
15:30-16:00 - Break
16:00-17:15 - Open Space Sessions
17:15-17:30 - Daily Highlights

Friday 19th May
09:00-10:30 - Plenary 5: When a community seems to lack motivation or organizational skills, what can we do?
10:30-11:00 - Break
11:00-12:30 - Parallel Sessions... Tool demo 3: Orthography development related tools; Topic 5: Monitoring the level and quality of participation in our programs; Topic 6: What is the relationship between "participation"  and "ownership"? How does this influence what we do as practitioners?
12:30-14:00 - Lunch
14:00-15:30 - Open Space Sessions
15:30-16:00 - Break
16:00-17:15 - Plenary 6: Planning next steps for increasing participation in our programs
17:15-17:30 - Closing


EVENT NARRATIVE

Encouraging Community Participation: A Language, Education and Development CoP Event

Encouraging Community Participation: A Language, Education and Development CoP Event

Join us as we explore what it means, and what it takes, to see communities participating in language, education and development activities. ( 17-19 May 2017, Bangkok)

  1. New photo by Lead Languageimpact Asia
    New photo by Lead Languageimpact Asia
  2. A community discussion - how can we encourage more participation in planning and activities?

  3. DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY
  4. And we're off - day 1 of 'encouraging community participation'! First questions: what is community? What is participation? #LEADCoP
  5. Sue helps everyone start thinking about good practices to increase community participation.
  6. We start this #LEADCoP by sharing good practices to increase community participation. https://t.co/3qfsdG6gqS
    We start this #LEADCoP by sharing good practices to increase community participation. pic.twitter.com/3qfsdG6gqS
  7. We consider the "Continuum of Participation" taken from the book When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.
  8. Some of the Good Practices that were talked about:
    Believe all have something to share, be humble, listen well, leave space for reflection, learn together, eat with the community.
  9. How do we vary the way that we encourage participation depending on with whom we are working? #LEADCoP https://t.co/rihqxdPgXZ
    How do we vary the way that we encourage participation depending on with whom we are working? #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/rihqxdPgXZ
  10. Matt illustrates how to categorize subgroups in different ways.
  11. How do people talk and discuss ideas? Where? What languages do they use? How do people use their surroundings to communicate? #LEADCoP https://t.co/MjeHwTRdHr
    How do people talk and discuss ideas? Where? What languages do they use? How do people use their surroundings to communicate? #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/MjeHwTRdHr
  12. Learning a new tool: "What We Want Our Children to Know". It helps a group to identify what things from their culture they value. #LEADCoP https://t.co/YMfuKXgJZo
    Learning a new tool: "What We Want Our Children to Know". It helps a group to identify what things from their culture they value. #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/YMfuKXgJZo
  13. What We Want Our Children to Know: The purpose of this tool is to help a group of people think about the things they desire the next generation to know and do. It helps a group to identify what things from their culture they value. It also helps them identify the things from other cultures that they desire for their children to know. It should be followed by a planning tool such as Appreciative Inquiry. Its is often preceded by one of the Domains of Language Use tools.
  14. Exploring How to Facilitate Discussions Well with Less Literate People and Communities #LEADCoP https://t.co/5CqMdAKcO5
    Exploring How to Facilitate Discussions Well with Less Literate People and Communities #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/5CqMdAKcO5

  15. DAY 2 - THURSDAY
  16. We start Day 2 of this #LEADCoP with Greg sharing an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Talking about vision! https://t.co/VY23oHGghR
    We start Day 2 of this #LEADCoP with Greg sharing an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Talking about vision! pic.twitter.com/VY23oHGghR
  17. Vision is / must be owned by the group / community / persons (not the leader, the government, the community elder / headman, the CEO, the Board).
  18. Starting day 2 thinking about what vision is, what prevents it, and how we can encourage vision building and sharing! #LEADCoP https://t.co/aHcAD3qVa4
    Starting day 2 thinking about what vision is, what prevents it, and how we can encourage vision building and sharing! #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/aHcAD3qVa4
  19. Vision building, vision sharing, and social mobilization as encouragers of community participation - discussing some case studies.
  20. Encouraging community participation in Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education programs - Why do we value education?
  21. “MTB MLE means different things to different people in different places.” ~ Diane
  22. Identity based education planning - "Identity strengthening education" - a case study in the Torwali language. #LEADCoP https://t.co/blFMRC47uz
    Identity based education planning - "Identity strengthening education" - a case study in the Torwali language. #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/blFMRC47uz
  23. An inspiring presentation by these two colleagues from South Asia.
  24. Hot Topic: Multilingualism and how it impacts education and community development. #LEADCoP https://t.co/IDWwS0INcI
    Hot Topic: Multilingualism and how it impacts education and community development. #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/IDWwS0INcI
  25. Learning to use the "Flower Tool" for community participation. #LEADCoP https://t.co/UKSbCFDZjL
    Learning to use the "Flower Tool" for community participation. #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/UKSbCFDZjL
  26. Discussing: First contact with a community and its effects on community participation
  27. How to help funders/donors/investors/etc understand the time/energy/benefits of community participation.
  28. Googling "River of Life" for a very open session... found it on KS Tool Kit!
  29. The open space session on "River of Life" didn't have a facilitator but they figured it out anyway! #LEADCoP Thanks Google. 😉 https://t.co/XbTn87ctkj
    The open space session on "River of Life" didn't have a facilitator but they figured it out anyway! #LEADCoP Thanks Google. 😉 pic.twitter.com/XbTn87ctkj
  30. They made many lively rivers and shared their stories.

  31. DAY 3 - FRIDAY
  32. Day 3, kicking off with exploring what 'we' can do when communities seem to lack motivation. Big questions! #LEADCoP https://t.co/Ew8DzKY7Qz
    Day 3, kicking off with exploring what 'we' can do when communities seem to lack motivation. Big questions! #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/Ew8DzKY7Qz
  33. Sea Bed Hunting On One Breath - Human Planet: Oceans, preview - BBC One
  34. Xenia shares a story of the Badjao indigenous people from the Philippines.
  35. "Everyone has organisational skills - question is finding out what they have motivation and skills for!” ~ Larry
  36. Learning about Orthography development related tools. It can make your head spin! #LEADCoP https://t.co/3VajDrZTtk
    Learning about Orthography development related tools. It can make your head spin! #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/3VajDrZTtk
  37. Find many more resources on the Participatory Methods website.
  38. Our final plenary session starts with a fun game to demonstrate planning for participation. #LEADCoP https://t.co/lySd1Xwncw
    Our final plenary session starts with a fun game to demonstrate planning for participation. #LEADCoP pic.twitter.com/lySd1Xwncw
  39. Review some outcomes from the final session
  40. Keep in touch with the LEAD Community on our ning website for summaries and resources of this CoP plus information on upcoming events!