The Forum provided a unique opportunity for people leading grassroots telecentre networks around the world to deepen relationships, share skills and shape the future of the telecentre.org community.
The agenda followed Aspiration's standard interactive and collaborative patterns, and was designed to help network leaders share their knowledge while seeking insights and finding answers to challenges they are facing in their work. Sessions featured projects and innovative practices, while also addressing issues of strategy and sustainability. Network leaders were able to get involved in shaping, leading and growing the telecentre.org community.
All participants were encouraged to take an active role in shaping the dialog and creating concrete event outcomes based on four primary objectives:
- Gather network leaders to shape the future of the telecentre.org community, with the aim of catalyzing increased collaboration across the telecentre movement.
- Share concrete strategies and services that networks are using to support grassroots telecentres.
- Define specific collaborative activities amongst telecentre networks, especially in: telecentre manager training; sustainability; network capacity; research; and knowledge sharing.
- Explore what it means to belong to the telecentre.org community, and develop a concrete vision that will guide this community into the future.
Aspiration was also invited by the Global Knowledge Partnership to facilitate a session at GK3 entitled Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Education, where over 40 participants worked through highly collaborative processes to identify common areas of interest for partnership, and then engage in discussions on potential partnership opportunities.