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On board of a WIKI ship
It is true, we have to make videos. And that is the most visible product. But that is not the only one. We also have to prepare manuals about “how to communicate development cooperation work”. And in any case also video production starts with writing. We have to decide what is our target. What is our approach. What our format. And what the content. All this will have to be written. And in a partnership will have to be written together. Writing together? And that also at a distance? In a spirit of partnership? How to do it?
The technical solution came from Giobi, the young communication expert hired for managing the project web site. Let's use a WIKI! It is the same technology used by Wikipedia. It allows multiple authors for each page. And at the same time you always keep a record of previous editions so nothing is ever lost and you can always roll back to previous editions if you want to. Great! That was the tool we needed.
The adoption of the WIKI has been one of the most successful choices we have taken in the project. It allowed us to integrate the work of many different persons and keep on improving the process without ever losing any work done before. The WIKI has since ever continued to remain on line. And if you are reading these pages from a published hard copy of the book or are watching the video documentary can always do to the wiki and not only read what is written there, but also contribute to it by writing new pages or helping rewriting the old ones.
At the beginning I was a bit skeptic about the feasibility of this collective writing system. Writing is such an intimate and personal action. How there is any possibility in making it “collective” ? But I was surprised at seeing how all contributors, internal and external, have been spontaneously disciplined and very respectful to the contribution of the others. While writing is a personal thing, a book may be not. And in our project definitely it is not.
Even this story, which I started alone, I have been putting on the wiki as it is proceeding, with the hope that the other team members also see it and that they write their own pages of their own diary of the documentary production process. Since we are members with very different cultural background, if we do that then we can really write the text of the documentary episodes avoiding a single sided approach. We can then make it equally valid for the different nations who joined the MDG program. And that is the real objective we would like to achieve.
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