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Diplo Backstage: the Gaborone, Botswana Workshop follow up

Things keep going very fun and dynamic at the Diplo IGCBP team - here is a follow up email sent by Ginger to our Gaborone group:



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Hello everyone,

First, a warm hello, and thank you to each of you for your interest
in the Gaborone workshop, and your energy to making it a success. It
was a pleasure meeting you and learning a bit about Botswana. I was
amazed by the positive, willing energy shown by the people of
Botswana and workshop participants. A short summary can be found at
the far bottom of this email.

The ACP Internet Governance and ICT Policy
training workshop was held in Gaborone, Botswana, with partner
Botswana Information Technology Systems on October 19 – 20, 2010.
It offered a workshop training for 27 participants from regional
and sub-regional southern Africa institutions and organizations
and included:


  • Overview of Internet governance issues, actors and processes (Ginger Paque)
  • Infrastructure overview (Benson Ncube, Botswana)
  • Introduction to linguistic and communication negotiation techniques (Dr. Biljana Scott)
  • Regional Case Study of infrastructure building (Dr. Benny Ben Otim, Nigeria, Umojanet)
  • ICT strategic planning (Jean Paul Nkurunziza, Burundi)
  • Simulation of an IGF agenda-setting meeting 'Understanding Multistakeholder Diplomacy'
  • Drafting of a IGF SA steering committee draft proposal (Towela Jere, Botswana)

The multistakeholder simulation of an agenda-planning meeting
involving business, government and civil society teams was a very
dynamic exercise in negotiation, diplomacy and dramatic
exaggeration as stakeholder teams and their representatives tried
to reach agreement on a proposed agenda, and explored many levels
of interaction necessary for consensus. Facilitators and IGF
veterans alike were amazed to see how closely the simulation
followed actual IGF discussions. While it was realistic in its
approach, the exercise clearly showed the dangers to be
encountered when stakeholders do not listen to each other and
'push' their own agendas without working together to achieve
common goals. A follow-up exercise by Dr. Scott demonstrated the
advantages to working together (the only possible way to achieve
optimal win/win outcome) over unilateral and/or 'forceful'
strategies.

Particularly valuable was the networking to form a steering
committee for a regional IGF in southern Africa. Led by Towela
Jere, a draft document was prepared, signed and circulated, and
will be taken to the larger southern African regional members.
Towela will invite participants invite participants to continue
their dynamic discussions and networking on the ACP ICP SA
regional group at www.diplointernetgovernance.org.
You will hear from Towela soon.

A particular thank you to our presenters, and all of you for your
interventions. Thanks to BITS, Neo, Shirley and Gao for organizing
efforts, and Eva for her support.

To follow updates related to Diplo ACP IG project, including
information on future workshops and courses, visit:
www.diplomacy.edu/acp

To follow other updates related to all Diplo IG projects, and
courses, or to sign up for the newsletter to receive course updates
by email visit:
www.diplomacy.edu/ig

Let me remind you again that all the IG-related materials of Diplo
(online version of IG booklet, IG movie, comics and illustrations,
other papers) are available online and for free download and use at:
www.diplomacy.edu/ig/resources

Internet Governance Forum information: www.intgovforum.org

Civil Society IG Caucus web: www.igcaucus.org
(where you can also subscribe to their email list).

Also, let me again invite you to join our dynamic online IG
community, where you can link up with folks from all over world that
might be sharing your interests in IG and related issues:
www.diplointernetgovernance.org

Warm regards!
Ginger

If you are receiving this email, you planned to attend, or attended
the Diplo EU ACP Internet Governance and ICT Policy workshop in
Gaborone, Botswana on October 19th and 20th. If you do not want to
receive further information on this subject, please let me know in a
private email, using only 'reply', not reply all.
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Ginger (Virginia) Paque
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Coordinator
DiploFoundation
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www.diplomacy.edu/ig


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