SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:59:41 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Please take part in our SuSanA Discussion Forum User Survey - and win one of over 150 prizes! - by: Florian http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10651 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10651
So I want to join those above in encouranging everybody who has not yet, to take the 5-10 min and fill out the form. Its done really quickly and will help to have a much more meaningfull result of the survey. It's also a good chance to express wishes for new or better forum features.

Regards, Florian]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:18:28 +0000
Re: 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm: Videos and presentations available on the SuSanA website - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9402-presentations-and-videos-now-available-from-18th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-in-sept-2014#10597 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9402-presentations-and-videos-now-available-from-18th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-in-sept-2014#10597
You-tube is banned in Pakistan, as you know already. Would it be possible for the SuSanA administration to put the presentations in USB and, mail the USB to me?

Regards,

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:11:30 +0000
Re: Please take part in our SuSanA Discussion Forum User Survey - and win one of over 150 prizes! - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10594 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10594
I would like users to note that the moderators have taken pains in developing this exciting survey, and we are morally bound, as responsible persons, to respond accordingly.

I can't wait to see the results!!

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:27:27 +0000
Re: Please take part in our SuSanA Discussion Forum User Survey - and win one of over 150 prizes! - by: Carol McCreary http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10574 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10574
I love the SuSanA forum and so does everyone I know who uses it. At PHLUSH we get lots and lots of unsolicited questions on topics ranging from public toilet access issues to microbiology. We cannot possibly even try answer them. So we send people to the Forum, ask them to sign up, and become part of the conversation.

Now here's an opportunity for all of us to make the Forum even better. TAKE THIS SURVEY! docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZaO6UIuG68XufQh...oJ_fXWPpQH4/viewform And if you scroll down below you see the prizes! Books include acclaimed favorites and some brand new titles. Hard copies!

Wouldn't you like to get away from your screen and curl up with a great paper book? But first you have to invest 4 or 5 minutes and TAKE THE SURVEY!

Carol


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Note by moderator (EvM): We have by now 212 responses for the survey but we are aiming for a response rate of 10%, meaning 400 responses. So please do take part in the survey, even if you have not used the discussion forum so much in the past!]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:08:33 +0000
Re: Two more prizes for the discussion forum user survey - by: canaday http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10565 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10565
I am writing to encourage everyone to participate in this user survey.
We would really like to know the opinions of the 4000 members of this forum, especially the Silent Majority, who we never hear from.

For example, if you just like to read the posts and it is useful to you, you can say so.
If you do not participate because you are disappointed for some reason, tell us so we can try to fix the problem.

An important section of the survey is on how to best serve members for whom English is not their native language. If you would be more comfortable to post in a different language, tell us what language you would like to write in so we can try to set that up.

One of the key goals of the survey is to try to figure out how to get more people involved and to make the Forum more interactive. I mentioned some suggestions in the second part of my Featured User Interview:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/145-fe...m-california-ecuador

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:51:59 +0000
Re: Two more prizes for the discussion forum user survey - by: cecile http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10563 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10563
Yes, it does only take 5 minutes to answer the survey's questions and it even give you hints on icons you've never noticed before !
It is really good to have the chance to make this forum even more user friendly.

Actually while making this post I was wondering, what difference does it make when replying to a post if I click on "quick reply", "reply" or "reply to topic". I have the impression it makes no difference.

Thanks

Cecile]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:29:38 +0000
Re: Two more prizes for the discussion forum user survey - by: Doreen http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10562 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10562
I completed the survey and now that I have seen the prizes to be won, I wish I could have all of them

The survey is really easy to fill in and takes about 5 minutes. I encourage everyone to participate as it will assist in improving your experience in the forum. Plus it gives you a platform to share your ideas on how best to improve SuSanA.

Best regards,

Doreen]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:12:58 +0000
Re: 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm: Videos and presentations available on the SuSanA website - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9402-presentations-and-videos-now-available-from-18th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-in-sept-2014#10561 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9402-presentations-and-videos-now-available-from-18th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-in-sept-2014#10561
I am so happy that the second day of the SuSanA meeting was filmed (as I couldn't attend myself), and I have now added all the individual times to the post above so that you can jump straight into that part of the meeting that interests you the most.

The footage from Day 2 is provided in 3 videos of more than hour duration each, which is perhaps not as good as individual clips but it was easier and faster to upload it that way.

Now with the exact timings you can still easily find what you are interested in.

For example here you can view and listen to Trevor's presentation on the new SuSanA website at 1:13:00 - click on the blue hyperlink below:

Trevor at 1:13:00 for Trevor Surridge (GIZ, Germany): Launch of the New SuSanA Website

And here you can listen to Arno speak about the SuSanA Discussion Forum and where it is heading at 1:40:54:

Arno at 1:40:54 for Arno Rosemarin (SEI, Sweden): Update on SuSanA Discussion Forum

I think this video footage is excellent and gives a good impression of what was discussed. I know it's quite long but I can recommend listening to it like it's a radio podcast while doing a task that doesn't require much thinking or while doing the ironing, cleaning up the room etc. That's how I did it.

Thanks so much to the SuSanA secretariat and SEI for financing this (whoever paid for the film crew)!

If you have any questions about anything that was talked about in the SuSanA meeting, please put them here. I believe the minutes are also forthcoming and will soon be here:
www.susana.org/en/events/susana-meetings...na-meeting-stockholm

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:19:09 +0000
Two more prizes for the discussion forum user survey - by: arno http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10425 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10425
As one of the organisers behind this users survey, I warmly invite you to participate. Your responses will greatly help us in planning the next steps in improving the Forum!

Here is the link again:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZaO6UIuG68XufQh...oJ_fXWPpQH4/viewform

We have decided to make two more publications available as prizes - 25 of our Erdos book and 10 of our health compendium.

If you want to compete for these, you need to leave your e-mail address at the end of the survey. You can also state your preferred prize, but we will contact all winners again in early November to confirm their preference (subject to limited stocks) also asking for your postal address.

Details for these two books:

The Challenges of Urban Ecological Sanitation: Lessons from the Erdos Eco-Town Project, China
By Arno Rosemarin , Jennifer McConville, Amparo Flores. Practical Action Publishers.

It’s not in the SuSanA library for copyright reasons but you can view it e.g. on Amazon here.




Stenström, T.A., Seidu, R., Ekane, N., Zurbrügg, C. (2011). Microbial exposure and health assessments in sanitation technologies and systems - EcoSanRes Series, 2011-1. Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm, Sweden
www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/1236




Best wishes]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:46:52 +0000
Re: 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm: Videos and presentations available on the SuSanA website - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9402-presentations-and-videos-now-available-from-18th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-in-sept-2014#10421 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/9402-presentations-and-videos-now-available-from-18th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-in-sept-2014#10421
The video of the 18th SuSanA meeting filmed on the 6th of September is now available in the SuSanA website. All the presentations by the speakers (except the working groups presentations) have been uploaded in the same page as well.

Here's the link to the webpage:
www.susana.org/en/events/susana-meetings...na-meeting-stockholm

Part 1 of the second day of the SuSanA meeting:



If you would like to watch individual presentations in particular, please jump to the following timings (the blue times here are hyperlinked to take you to the right time in the video):

Arne at 14:19 for Arne Panesar (GIZ, Germany): Introduction to SuSanA

Katherine at 53:09 for Katherine Cross (IWA, UK): Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigation (WaCCliM)

Trevor at 1:13:00 for Trevor Surridge (GIZ, Germany): Launch of the New SuSanA Website

Hans at 1:26:36 for Hans Merton (Akvo, NL): SuSanA Website - Overview and Demonstration of the Integrated WIKI

Arno at 1:40:54 for Arno Rosemarin (SEI, Sweden): Update on SuSanA Discussion Forum


Part 2 of the video contains feedback from the working groups and a discussion on task force formation, SDGs and other topics:



Click on the blue hyperlinks below to jump to the correct place in the video:

1:08 Feedback about Working Group 1 meeting on Capacity Development (Dorothee Spuhler, seecon)

5:21 Feedback about Working Group 3 meeting on renewable energies and climate change (Stefan Reuter, BORDA)

10:59 Feedback about Working Group 6 meeting on cities (Arne Panesar, GIZ) - he spoke about the "Shift Flow Diagrams", a term that you may hear more often in future

13:01 Feedback about Working Group 7 meeting on community, rural and schools (Claudia Wendland, WECF)

17:50 Feedback about Working Group 9 meeting on sanitation as a business and public awareness (by Katja Neubauer, Water for People)

20:44 Feedback about Working Group 11 meeting on groundwater (Arne Panesar, GIZ) - this group merged with the "shit flow diagrams" group (part of working group 6 now)

22:04 General discussion about how the working groups can get action items done, using the SDG process to provide momentum, use of online meetings, regional meetings, using Trello for online project management, reducing the "signal to noise ratio" with the help of structuring discussions, ...

43:17 Discussion about formation of task forces and general discussion on: do we need task forces for topics on nexus, nutrition, monitoring of SDG targets? Functional sanitation ladder; question by Visvanath: "is SuSanA too intellectual? Too much talk on SDGs? The domain of se few, need reality check with on the ground work"; suggestion by Arno to re-visit the vision document, could be updated? Arne Panesar said it's our constitution though, would need to get renewed buy-in from partner organisations; Thilo mentioned humand rights; Madeleine mentioned institutions/governance (discussion moderated by Thilo Panzerbieter)


Part 3 of the video contains the wrap-up session moderated by Arne Panesar which included a discussion of upcoming events worldwide which are of relevance to SuSanA partners:



(Posted by Shobana and Elisabeth)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:55:58 +0000
Re: Prizes that can be won by participating in the SuSanA Survey - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10391 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10391
We have all these exciting prizes waiting for you All you need to do is fill the SuSanA survey form and give us your opinion on how the forum can be modified to make it better.

10 of these:




10 of these:




100 of these:




10 of these:




10 of these:




30 of these:



(Posted by Shobana)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:29:49 +0000
Re: Please take part in our SuSanA Discussion Forum User Survey - and win one of over 150 prizes! - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10356 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10356
  • The survey is open to anyone, whether a SuSanA member or not, but is designed for people who have used the Forum at least a little bit, be it for reading only or for posting as well.
  • The aim of this survey is to get your feedback on proposed improvements to the Forum and to find out a bit more what your preferences are when you are using the Forum. There is also ample opportunity in the survey to add your own ideas (e.g. in the comment box at the end).
  • We are aiming for a response rate of at least 400 participants.
  • The survey and resulting Forum improvements are part of the co-funding that was received by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the Discussion Forum via a grant to SEI (I last posted about this in July here).
  • By taking the survey, you will also learn about some of the lesser-known features of the Forum.
  • The survey questions were thoroughly reviewed and optimised in a review process spanning several weeks that involved the SuSanA Forum Committee as well as some additional people, and I am very grateful for their help!
  • The survey will run for the entire month of October.
  • The survey was created in Google Forms.
  • The survey results will be treated anonymously and will be presented on the Discussion Forum in early November.

We know that 5 minutes or more can feel like a long time for a survey, so we have looked for incentives for participation and have collected prizes to be won, which were kindly donated by various SuSanA partners and by SHARE (which SuSanA partner WaterAid is part of).

We have over 150 prizes waiting to be given out to a randomised selection of survey participants who fill in the survey and leave their e-mail addresses. Of course leaving your e-mail address at the end of the survey is optional, but we need it if you want to win one of the prizes.

Whether you leave your e-mail address or not, all responses will be treated anonymously.

The winners of the prizes will be notified in early November, after the survey has closed.

Details about the prizes on offer (each winner will get one prize; while stocks last, they can indicate their preference of prize):

We would really like to know from you what we could do to make this Forum even better!
So please do take the survey, how about right now?

Here is the link to the survey:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZaO6UIuG68XufQh...oJ_fXWPpQH4/viewform

Thank you very much in advance and good look in winning your desired prize if you are going to participate in the draw for the prizes!

Kind regards,
Elisabeth]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:01:02 +0000
Please take part in our SuSanA Discussion Forum User Survey - and win one of over 150 prizes! - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10353 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10353-please-take-part-in-our-susana-discussion-forum-user-survey-and-win-one-of-over-150-prizes#10353
Now that this forum has grown to over 4000 members, it is a good time to invite you all to take part in a Forum User Survey! It is the first of its kind for the SuSanA Forum!

Here is the link to the survey:
docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZaO6UIuG68XufQh...oJ_fXWPpQH4/viewform

If you are eager to get going with the survey, just click on this link and get started. It takes about 5 minutes to fill in (a little more if have have plenty of comments).

If you want to know more about why we are doing the survey and what you can win by taking part in it, then please read my next post in this thread.

We are very much looking forward to many responses and good insights into what our 4000+ members desire from the Forum!

Thanks and kind regards,

Elisabeth (in my role as consultant for SEI)

Together with: Trevor Surridge (GIZ, SuSanA Secretariat) and Arno Rosemarin (Stockholm Environment Institute)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:48:44 +0000
Re: Reply: Updated standard set of Powerpoint slides to explain SuSanA - by: petecranston http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10293-updated-standard-set-of-powerpoint-slides-to-explain-susana#10310 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10293-updated-standard-set-of-powerpoint-slides-to-explain-susana#10310
Elisabeth, I think it'd make sense to set up a secretariat account (free) on Slideshare, so that other items, like updated from different WG, can go in the collection. And the 'community' is more of a generic social media community. The ability to instantly view presentations means slideshare is good content for Tweets and FB posts, for example, so people tend to visit from there. But slideshare presentations also come up quite high in google searches, depending on the title of the slide and the tagging you do. So traffic continues to build, in the classic way, over time.

And thanks for the link to the maps discussion. When that is resolved, I'd be interested to see it

Cheers

Pete]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:17:42 +0000
Re: Reply: Updated standard set of Powerpoint slides to explain SuSanA - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10293-updated-standard-set-of-powerpoint-slides-to-explain-susana#10301 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/10293-updated-standard-set-of-powerpoint-slides-to-explain-susana#10301
Putting this important presentation about SuSanA also on Slideshare is a good suggestion, I think. I don't think the SuSanA secretariat has used Slideshare yet (?). I have never uploaded anything to there either, only accessed other people's ppts on there. There is actually a "Slideshare community" out there?

If SuSanA members have Slideshare accounts would you suggest that they also upload it or is it better if only the secretariat uploads it?

I would also like to thank Friederike for the hard work she did on updating these powerpoint slides. As you can imagine, it was quite tedious work because every single number on every slide had to be checked and updated... The screenshots from the SuSanA website used in this ppt are still screenshots from the old website layout, so I can see the need for another update coming up soon.

I helped Friederike with some of the slides. In particular the slides in Chapter 9 about the Discussion Forum were updated by me.

You can see just that chapter here:
www.susana.org/_resources/documents/defa...02-7-1412002229.pptx

or attached to this post here:




About the mentionend map:
Friederike mentioned a map of partner organisations but I think she actually meant a map of members (i.e. individuals).
I think you are referring to the map on slidge 39 (in chapter 4)?

I have put my answer for this into this existing thread where we discussed the map before (just to keep things neat and tidy):
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/148-yo...er-forum-users#10302

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:40:08 +0000