SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:43:32 +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: 20th SuSanA Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, 22nd August 2015 - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13624-20th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-sweden-22nd-august-2015#14385 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13624-20th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-sweden-22nd-august-2015#14385

I would find it useful to have the information on the different Working group meetings (date, time, venue) also on this agenda for ease of organization and prevent confusions.... would that be possible?

Cheers, Dorothee]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:00:21 +0000
Re: 20th SuSanA Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, 22nd August 2015 - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13624-20th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-sweden-22nd-august-2015#14374 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13624-20th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm-sweden-22nd-august-2015#14374
a first draft of the agenda of the 20th SuSanA meeting on 22 August is now available.
We are happy to have great speakers that will join our meeting and give input on various topics: Sessions are planned on Cities and Planning, Sanitation and Nutrition, Market Development, Knowledge Management and Political Processes.

On 27 August we will have an open workig group exchange in which all wokring groups that meet in Stockholm will give an update about their activities and in which we will have some time to discuss strategic topics relevant to all working groups.

If you haven't registered so far, please use the link below: www.susana.org/en/registration-20th-susana-meeting

We are looking forward to meeting you in Stockholm!

Best regards,

Annkathrin (on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat)]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:46:49 +0000
Re: Why the name change from formerly Business & Governance category to Market Development? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/11312-proposed-new-icon-for-category-on-market-development-formerly-called-business-a-governance#14288 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/11312-proposed-new-icon-for-category-on-market-development-formerly-called-business-a-governance#14288
I am just wondering if anyone else has any opinions about the new icon for the "grey" category (called market development)? I feel a bit lonely, discussing it only between Genevieve and myself. Any other opinions about the possible new icon please? See posts above in this thread.
Thanks.
The current icon really isn't very good and I would like to change it sooner rather than later.

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:08:19 +0000
Registration opened for the 20th SuSanA Meeting in Stockholm - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/14149-registration-opened-for-the-20th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm#14149 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/14149-registration-opened-for-the-20th-susana-meeting-in-stockholm#14149
Registration is open for the 20th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting will take place on 22 August prior to the World Water Week (WWW). Furthermore, several SuSanA working group meetings are scheduled during the week and on the 27 August an open working group exchange will take place. The registration for the SuSanA meeting is free of charge, but you must cover your own travel expenses and accommodation. Please note that SuSanA secretariat does not provide financial support to attend this event.

Your registration will assist us in the preparation of the meeting, so we request all attendees to register for this reason. Please feel free to contact the SuSanA secretariat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for any queries.

Please register here:
www.susana.org/en/registration-20th-susana-meeting

We are looking forward to receive your registration and to see you in Stockholm!

Best regards,
Jona
on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat
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General announcements from or about SuSanA Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:25:03 +0000
Re: Why the name change from formerly Business & Governance category to Market Development? - by: kengelly http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/11312-proposed-new-icon-for-category-on-market-development-formerly-called-business-a-governance#14091 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/11312-proposed-new-icon-for-category-on-market-development-formerly-called-business-a-governance#14091 Worst-case scenario, I can always take these back to the drawing board with our graphic designer if none quite fits the theme.

Personally, my favorites are No. 2 and No. 5.

No. 2: I disagree that "endless growth" is a negative thing. We want to see not only sanitation coverage to increase exponentially, but also to see local and national economies grow as a result of increasing sanitation coverage. So I see that upwards arrow as optimistic and aspirational. And of course from the hand shows that work is required by everyone, NGOs, governments private sector etc. to create that growth. It won't happen on its own.

No. 5: I feel as though this is the simplest way to convey, fostering the 'market.' Two hands showing to be supporting/uplifting a marketplace, i.e. market development.

Hope others will share their thoughts as well. ]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:31:42 +0000
Happy Birthday, dear forum! Four happy years. - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/14083-happy-birthday-dear-forum-four-happy-years#14083 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/14083-happy-birthday-dear-forum-four-happy-years#14083
the SuSanA forum is turning 4 this Thursday, 09 July 2015! So (early) Happy Birthday on behalf of the secretariat!


Within just 4 years you grew from a podium with a couple of supporters to a platform with well more than 5000 members from 155 countries around the world. May many more prosperous years come!

Within this thread you can gives us (the SuSanA secretariat) your thoughts, your feedback and your suggestions. And also your wishes to the forum of course!

Kind regards,
Lasse, on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat


P.S. Here is a link to the thread where we celebrated the second and third birthday of the Discussion Forum: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-gen...-forum-2013-and-2014]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:18:06 +0000
Re: Why the name change from formerly Business & Governance category to Market Development? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/11312-proposed-new-icon-for-category-on-market-development-formerly-called-business-a-governance#14064 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/11312-proposed-new-icon-for-category-on-market-development-formerly-called-business-a-governance#14064
Thanks a lot for taking the initiative here and for getting your designer to work on this. Much appreciated!

Reminder for the others, the current icon for the grey category on market development looks like this:



It is not reflecting very well the market development side and therefore we want to improve it.

I like the ones that Genevieve has proposed (note we decided to keep the number of symbols inside of the icon to a maximum of two so that it doesn't get too complex).

I really like icon number 6 with the shopping trolley, as it's an unusual but easily understood symbol for market. However, it would not really apply to rural contexts in developing countries where there are no supermarkets and hence no shopping trolleys, I guess? But perhaps that doesn't matter?

I don't like the others as much for the following reasons:
Icon 1: no symbol for government?
Icon 2: same as icon 1 and also looks like we want limitless growth...
Icon 3: again the limitless growth, plus no government symbol
Icon 4 and 5: unusual but could be OK
Icon 7: don't like it, looks like we are whorshipping money and also it's clearly a male person (would need to be made gender neutral or together with a female).

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:21:14 +0000
Re: Why the name change from formerly Business & Governance category to Market Development? - by: kengelly http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/11312-proposed-new-icon-for-category-on-market-development-formerly-called-business-a-governance#13997 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/11312-proposed-new-icon-for-category-on-market-development-formerly-called-business-a-governance#13997
Following from John Sauer's post with regard to changing the name to "Market Development," we have put together a few icons for everyone to look at and see if we can effectively capture this concept. Or at the very least, update the icon a bit. Please see suggestions below and let us know which ones you like!

Presented, in no particular order (with corresponding captions below each image):

1.


In both this one and the next one, the hand is used to capture a human element for market development, and the "fostering" that is required. Because market growth means economic growth, different presentations of financial growth are being presented here.

2.

See description above for Icon 1 - different way of demonstrating "market growth."

3.

Again, market growth.

4.

This image aims to represent the growth that means fostering the "system" for sanitation growth. (Not sure if this looks too government-focused.)

5.

Growing the marketplace.

6.

Market/economy plus government engagement.
As asked by Elisabeth, is a shopping cart perhaps too "western"?

7.

Raising the market! Hurrah!

Please share your thoughts and opinions and we can take these to our PSI graphic designer to incorporate elements and adjust as you see fit. Let me know which ones you prefer. Note: the final icon will be in gray, just like the current one.

Cheers,
Genevieve]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:43:16 +0000
Re: New "partner of SuSanA" logo? Ideas please - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13406-new-qpartner-of-susanaq-logo-ideas-please#13957 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13406-new-qpartner-of-susanaq-logo-ideas-please#13957
Thanks a lot for bringing up the idea of redesigning the partner of SuSanA logo!
I agree that it could be designed in a more modern way, but at the moment the SuSanA secretariat does not have the time and energy to take this idea forward.

However, we welcome if all good ideas on a new partner of SuSanA logo design are placed on the Forum and brought to our attention.

Maybe we even have some designers among us, who have a great proposal?

Best regards,
Annkathrin (on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat)]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:19:31 +0000
Re: Decision reached: SuSanA is making its publications open access - by: WikiDocJames http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/12204-decision-reached-susana-is-making-its-publications-open-access?limit=12&start=12#13953 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/12204-decision-reached-susana-is-making-its-publications-open-access?limit=12&start=12#13953 ]]> General announcements from or about SuSanA Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:52:42 +0000 Decision reached: SuSanA is making its publications open access - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/12204-decision-reached-susana-is-making-its-publications-open-access?limit=12&start=12#13941 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/12204-decision-reached-susana-is-making-its-publications-open-access?limit=12&start=12#13941 **


Dear all,

I just wanted to update you on the process regarding the issue of open access for SuSanA publications (Dorothee and Carol: thanks for your helpful inputs in this thread above this post).
We had a consultation round with the SuSanA core group and the clear consensus was that this is indeed a good suggestion.
Therefore, I am happy to announce that the licence of all SuSanA publications (past and future) will be one of open access: CC BY SA (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

This means that the clause at the end of the SuSanA vision document, SuSanA factsheets, case studies and other SuSanA publications* will be:

All SuSanA materials are available under the open access licence CC-BY SA. Proper acknowledgement of the source should always be made when used.

Some pages of the SuSanA website will also be shown as being open access, in particular the new Wiki pages:
SuSanA Wiki Sanitation Portal

(but not the SuSanA library page as it contains documents by other people and organizations)

As you can imagine, it will take the secretariat a while to update all the pdf files and to check through with all the authors to see if there are any exceptions that need to be made (e.g. for certain images that were used in factsheets).

As an easy first step, the SuSanA vision document pdf file will be updated soon:
www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/267

I think we should also make an announcement about this on Sanitation Updates at some point in the near future as it's quite a big step forward for better sharing and dissemination.

By the way, here is also a statement by Jack Sim (World Toilet Organization) on this topic that was received by e-mail on 15 June 2015:

++++++++++
Open Access is the best way forward.
In this internet age, social development cannot be the exclusive domain when we want to solve an inclusive challenge like Sanitation.

Let people who wants to ask questions have a Concierge service to match them with the resources or if the authors are happy to allow direct access to their contact details you can do so.

Jack Sim

++++++++

Regards,
Elisabeth


* I want to stress one more time that this does NOT apply to the 1900 publications that are in the SuSanA library, but only to the 100 or so publications published by SuSanA.

** Icon made by www.freepik.com from www.flaticon.com is licensed under creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:02:06 +0000
Re: 5000 member milestone achieved for SuSanA on 17 June 2015 - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/6403-5000-member-milestone-achieved-for-susana-on-17-june-2015#13842 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/6403-5000-member-milestone-achieved-for-susana-on-17-june-2015#13842
there is now a mp3-audio file of the presentation of Samyuktha, our 5000th member, during the open microphone webinar last week available here.

And here is also the corresponding short video clip (3 minutes):



Best regards,
Lasse, on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:09:54 +0000
Re: Feedback: Have a chat with us: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar 18 June - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13610-feedback-have-a-chat-with-us-open-microphone-susana-online-webinar-18-june?limit=12&start=12#13841 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13610-feedback-have-a-chat-with-us-open-microphone-susana-online-webinar-18-june?limit=12&start=12#13841
Trevor Surridge's presentation about SuSanA and Elisabeth von Muench's presentation of the statistics report, both given during the webinar, are now also available as mp3-audio files. This might be of help especially for those members without access to YouTube, and also for those who like to listen to podcasts on their mobile phones.
  • For Trevor's presentation about SuSanA, and Madeleine's words about the 19th SuSanA meeting in Dakar last month click here (presentation starts after 20 seconds of silence)
  • for Elisabeth's input about the forum statistics report click here (the sound starts after 8 seconds of silence)
Best regards,
Lasse, on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:02:17 +0000
Feedback: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar Thur., 18 June - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13610-feedback-have-a-chat-with-us-open-microphone-susana-online-webinar-18-june?limit=12&start=12#13809 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13610-feedback-have-a-chat-with-us-open-microphone-susana-online-webinar-18-june?limit=12&start=12#13809
I am posting here the links to videos on Youtube, but for people without Youtube access we will also make them available as sound files (mp3 files) later today or tomorrow.

This video here shows Trevor's presentation about SuSanA (which he also gave at the 19th SuSanA meeting in Dakar, Senegal in May), followed by some words from Madeleine Fogde providing her views of the 19th SuSanA meeting:



Madeleine's input starts here:
youtu.be/nd5ZaS24nhc?t=11m58s

The slides that Trevor used are available here:
www.susana.org/images/documents/04-meeti...tions/1-Overview.pdf


And this video shows the part in the webinar where I spoke about the forum statistics report, just highlighting some important trends (which I had also mentioned here on the forum):



Another video clip about the 5000th member announcement, I will post in another thread here.

We have selected these three segments of the webinar for "general consumption". If you have a particular interest in the entire open webinar - and this applies particularly to those people who had registered but couldn't attend due to sound problems; but also to others with a special interest in SuSanA - we can make the sound file of the entire hour available to you on request.

Please send such a request for the mp3 file link to the SuSanA secretariat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(we decided not to post the entire sound file here, as it was an open, free discussion and as such probably not so relevant for non-SuSanA members)

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:22:16 +0000
Feedback: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar Thur., 18 June - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13610-feedback-have-a-chat-with-us-open-microphone-susana-online-webinar-18-june?limit=12&start=12#13777 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/13610-feedback-have-a-chat-with-us-open-microphone-susana-online-webinar-18-june?limit=12&start=12#13777
Thanks for your valuable feedback and all the great suggestions that have come in so far! Very interesting.

I have to apologise to Dorothee and Sowmya, who made great suggestions on what we should discuss in the webinar (scrol up to access their posts), but we were only able to scratch the surface on some of them. One hour is very short, although on the other hand it's amazing how much came up in just this one hour of focused time in an energetic group. (I reckon we might need to move their suggestions into dedicated threads in order to not lose them)

Some people had problems with the sound or even getting into the virtual room (which was a real pity but had to do with non-updated flash players apparently) but also very many didn't have technical problems. It seems that the video quality from our participants in Mexico was even so good that they could read the name on the shirt of my son who was far behind me at the end of the webinar when he was getting bored with waiting....
They wrote in the chat:
Team WTR: (17:18) Elisabeth we can see Lionel Messi jumping on a bed behind you


I have attached the log from the chat field which gives a good overview of topics that came up (note that the webinar officially ended at 17:00 but some people continued chatting for a while longer - like in real life):



And here is also a screenshot to give you a visual impression (I took it at the beginning of the webinar when only few people had entered the room so far). In the end we had about 35 participants.



I think we succeeded in providing an open space for active participation from the floor - something which I have missed in many other webinars which consist of 90% presentations and 10% discussions. Ours was more like 20% presentation and 80% discussion (maybe the inputs by Trevor and myself should have been even shorter, in fact).

I really like Trevor's suggestion of coming up with a format for an open SuSanA webinar that can become a regular feature in our diaries and does not take up much time for setting up and advertising (for this particular webinar, I did a lot of advertising upfront via twitter, Sanitation Updates and e-mails; which took up quite a bit of my time in the days leading up to the webinar).

Personally, I really like the user experience that Adobe Connect gives. However, perhaps indeed something simpler which works with slower internet connections is needed. Mind you, I do find having webcams or at least sound quite important for the experience. If it was all just typing in the chat field it wouldn't be the same...
What do people think about Google Hangout? I have never used that but perhaps others have made good experiences with it? Let's keep on exploring and testing until we find the tool that suits us best.

Greetings,
Elisabeth

P.S. I like Madeleine's idea to make the next SuSanA meeting in Stockholm into a parallel e-meeting as much as possible. That would really be good and should be planned and advertised well in advance. One needs to block out one's Saturday if one wants to attend though (21-22 Aug.).]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:31:40 +0000