Knowledge is Power!

Valerie Burgener • 10 June 2021

Have you ever thought about...
How we can create tools and virtual spaces to effectively reach different target groups at different scales and across different models of learning?
How do we enable learning networks to build capacity in and between communities?
What has changed since COVID and how we can tackle this?
On World Ocean Day we heard first-hand from practitioners from Indonesia and Solomon Islands on these topics! See the recordings here
And let's continue the conversation! How are you tackling these challenges? What digital tools are you using? How can we best bring digital learning into low-income settings with tech barriers?
We'd love to hear from you!

Comments (2)

Jeff Young

Hi Valerie! I love the questions you posed, and the general topic of finding better ways to reach people and connect with them, all while meeting them where they are at. Although the COVID situation created challenges (and not discounting the tremendous hardships so many folks encountered / continue to encounter), one positive outcome in my opinion is that it really pushed folks to be more intentional about how they designed their events, trainings, workshops, and other virtual engagements. And the lessons learned, I think, can help us come back and do even better moving forward. We've in a way been forced to level-up, and for the better.

For example, I've been involved in running and setting up a crustacean working group, brining together practitioners from across Asia to collaborate on crustacean science and advance management. We've had a bunch of online workshops and utilized interactive tools like Miro to help folks understand their experiences, challenges, needs, and eventually were able to work together to define four specific projects folks want to collaborate on over the next year. Doing this all virtually would have seemed impossible prior to the pandemic, but with care and thoughtfulness in design, along with some help from technology tools, I think we have been able to collaborate better than we would have in a pre-COVID world.

I'd be more than happy to share about our experiences (or show examples of our Miro boards) with this community at any time.

More on the project can be found here:…


  • Pam Ruiter

    One of the things that struck me in how many of the stories I hear about how communities have adapted to COVD and that also stood out during the conversation at this TBTI event was that a local community member or sometimes a local hire by NGOs or government frequently plays a critical role in connecting the work being done and the stories at a local level to national or regional scales. I wonder how we can continue to build on this role or capacity within communities?

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