Bak Bak 20*20: A Live Blog of PKN Presentations

If it is true that the quality and character of our institutions is determined by the way in which we communicate. If it is true that we are communicating in dramatically new ways and if it is true that there is a tremendous yearning for change in the way our government systems work then perhaps it is time for Democracy 2.0.

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We will hear from Anil Verma from the Association of Democratic Reforms, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Informatics researcher at HasGeek Media LLP, Aditya Gupta, People for Parity, Prukalpa Sankar, Social Cops, Sumeeta Banerjee, UNDP, Surendran Balachandran, Change.org and Dheeraj Dwivedi, winner at Start-Up Weekend. 7 Presentations, 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Let the chit chat commence!

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5 Innovations for Early Grade Reading : A Live Account of Presentations

Participants collaborated by voting for 5 short listed ideas, out of the 20 we heard earlier, that were then worked on further. These emerging teams engaged in a 30 minute ideation session addressing scalability, implementation and sustainability of ideas. Here’s what came out of the proverbial oven! Continue reading

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Enhancing Ideas for EGR: The hum of the room

The space was abuzz with teams talking through the 5 most voted-for ideas -arguing value propositions, execution and viability.  Groups discussed solutions through the lens of implementation, scalability and sustainability. Group 1, Read and Unite, discussed how to develop strategies to mobilise key stakeholders to build community reading environments, given that stakeholders would vary as per community contexts.

The conversations in Group 2, that was working on fleshing out the Teachers Reading Movement, were focused on contextualizing change. They noted that technological interventions in a society that is unfamiliar with technology would result in a simulation of context, and when money is pulled out, or in case the initiative dissolves, the idea will break down. Sustainability of a solution was a key concern for group 2, and therefore their idea draws upon existing systems such as DIETs, that are already in place, to improve teacher training programs.

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Ideas from the first round of Innovations at Early Reading Innovation Workshop

So here is a list of the ideas that each participant came up with some time ago. The workshop has gone beyond this, to actually developing some selected ideas, but I’m a tad behind with all the jumping between physical and virtual spaces. So, I track back a bit and present to you this very interesting list. Continue reading

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Crunching out Innovations at the Workshop

Participants have broken away from the group, each finding a space within the larger space and an idea within their pool of knowledge.

Each person has picked one or more of the Seven Steps which they most want to address and are working on developing a quick, dirty and very interesting solution that aims at the challenges in achievement of that step.

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Participants at the READ Alliance Innovation Workshop take the First Step to Innovation

Groups gathered around each Step of Reading. Discussions ensued, with each person bringing forth their own experiences on the Step in question, adding to the statistics and the theory already presented on the poster.

Now, one member from each group takes center stage and in sixty seconds, presents the points discussed by the group, each thought highlighting the various issues that make achievement of that step a challenge for children.

All of the groups seem to agree that it is essential to identify the target group most in need of intervention. Migrant, girl children, children from poorer families, and children who need to transition from oracy to literacy are seen as most vulnerable. Meaning making as well as skill acquisition are both important parts of reading and both of these aspects must be addressed in order to ensure that reading is addressed as a holistic activity and not just as a mechanical process towards acquiring literacy.

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Challenges in Early Grade Reading: A Live Blog on #7s2r

The READ Alliance launched its Seven Steps to Reading report synopsis on March 13th, earlier this year. Over the following weeks, tweet marathons have harnessed public opinion and understanding of these seven steps. Today, participants of the Early Grade Reading Innovation workshop, have each been allotted one of these steps and just a few minutes ago Nita Agarwal, Director READ Alliance, requested participants to gather in these groups, and get in to quick discussions about each step. We’re joining in now to hear from each group on their interpretation of each of the #7s2r.

15:01 – STEP I: Nurturing a stimulating environment in early years

Group one looks at the challenge in terms of a lack of interaction between parents and children, in both rural and urban areas, for different reasons. reasons for a lack of nurture in environment cannot be universalized. In rural India for example, a lack of learning materials, open spaces,literacy of parents, a lack of availability of reading materials. A family is not sufficiently equipped to encourage reading – parents are not fully convinced about education in schools either and children are engaged in sibling care or child labour. This is not only a rural problem but can also be noted in urban areas. Even in areas that are economically sound, parents have busy work schedules and a lack of interaction and engagement is prevalent.  We don’t characterise a society that works consciously toward the cognitive development of children.

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READ Alliance Early Grade Innovation Workshop

The participants have gathered. The Seven Steps to Reading are displayed around the space. These steps make up the framework for innovation in early grade reading developed by the READ Alliance.

The idea is to allow the participants to understand the Seven Steps and the challenges posed by ground realities in India that make achievement of each step a difficulty for children, especially those at the bottom of the pyramid. Continue reading

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#CivIL Waste Management Workshop: Accosting the Wicked Problem!

People from various sectors including technology, governance, policy-makers, activists as well as the users need to come together effectively to deal with the wicked problem of garbage! With that undertone, the workshop on waste and garbage management saw experts and activists advocating different ideology of waste management and debating on the most efficient way to deal with the hazard.

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The workshop started with participants introducing them and their expertise. Each expert was then asked to make a ten minute presentation, talking about their understanding of the problem and their contribution in rectifying it.
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Meet the Speakers for Pecha Kucha Night #26 on ‘Democracy 2.0′

If it is true that the quality and character of our institutions is determined by the way in which we communicate. If it is true that we are communicating in dramatically new ways and if it is true that there is a tremendous yearning for change in the way our government systems work then perhaps it is time for Democracy 2.0.
Much of the architecture of governments around the world was innovated in a period between 300-150 years ago after which there have only been incremental changes. With social and mobile media, citizens are often more aware of the ground realities. The question is how can governments change to be able to take advantage of all this big new data? How can governments use the power of data, media and technology to become more participatory, responsive and citizen centric? These are the themes of our Pecha Kucha Democracy 2.0, staged bang in the middle of one of India’s most exciting National Elections.

As always, we’ve got an exciting and varied line up of brilliant speakers. Also added to our stellar line-up will be the top 3 teams from Start-up Weekend Delhi’s latest edition, speaking on how their business ideas work with Democracy 2.0 (as they see it).

Anil Verma

Mr. Anil Verma photoAn Army Officer, who retired after 37 years of distinguished service in the Indian Army. During his tenure in the Army, he has held various staff and command appointments all over India in different terrains and operational conditions. He was awarded G0C-in-C Commendation and Chief of Army Staff Commendation card twice for his distinguished service. He joined ADR in December 2013.

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