Hello to all members of the CBR Cluster (and other curious BrotherALTA and SISters) We had a good initial conversation by teleconference. Hope you all received the minutes. To start this online conversation (BLOGing) there are three things Ana Maria and I would like to put on the table.
1. We talked about the BALTA-SIS partnerships with communities that is part of this Partnership Development Grant. One aspect of the conversation was the sentiment that there are already lots of community partners at the table. So, a first request – those of you who represent a ‘community’ partner, can you send a note via e-mail to Sandy in Ana Maria’s shop so we can generate a list. We will then consolidate the list, send it out as a Blog on this site and use that as a conversation starter around engaging existing and new community partners including the 2nd item that came out of our initial teleconference (criteria for selection of community partners).
2. One of the tools we want to use for knowledge Mobilization is Webinars. The other clusters have identified and begun to schedule Webinars which all of us are welcome to attend. We would like to identify Webinars and webinar leaders of course, that would benefit our work and also be of interest to the wider partnership (the other clusters). We will shortly set up a CBR RC2 Webinars Blog where that conversation can happen.
Ana Maria and I think a strategy here is to identify Webinars in thematic areas of the Partnership – Food, Energy, Housing. Perhaps there are resource people external to the partnership we may want to invite to do a Webinar. Perhaps you (our cluster members) would like to offer a Webinar? The goal of the Webinars would be to share knowledge about working with a community in Scaling Up and Out of Social Economy Innovations. A second goal of Webinars would be knowledge sharing about Methodologies used in this work. Sometimes rather than talking in abstractions about PAR we can get further ahead in our understanding by talking about applications of PAR.
3. There was a lot of lively discussion about the Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology – being clear in what we mean by that and issues around ‘authentic’ PAR including the potential pitfalls and the need for diligence in its application. We talked about our ‘conversation ‘ about PAR being a research project in itself – our ongoing conversation can be a tool for evolving consensus around what we mean by PAR and how we want to employ it in this project, and as a data source for an academic piece on PARcraft (capturing the process of creating a PAR research methodology in such a diverse practitioner-academic partnership).
So to summarize we are asking you to
a. Send in your notes to Sandy on existing community partnerships within this group. We will use that to start a Blog on Community Partnerships and selection criteria.
b. Look for the new Blog on CBR Cluster Webinar speakers and topics and contribute you ideas via the comment string
c. Look for a new Blog post to kick off the conversation about PARcraft and join in the conversation.
Note: For those not familiar with Blogs, you simply find the Blog post on the running list of posts on the BALTA-SIS website, read through it and then post a comment. The ongoing conversation will be capture by the ongoing comment string.
We’ll monitor the Blogs to see if it working as a means of communication supplemented by the tele-conferences, and make adjustments to the plan as we go.
Noel and Ana Maria