SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:51:51 +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: 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):

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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:

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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

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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
Re: Feedback: Have a chat with us: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar Thur., 18 June and statistics report - by: joeturner 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#13771 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#13771 General announcements from or about SuSanA Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:23:18 +0000 Re: Feedback: Have a chat with us: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar Thur., 18 June and statistics report - by: joeturner 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#13770 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#13770 General announcements from or about SuSanA Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:07:44 +0000 Re: TODAY: Have a chat with us: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar Thur., 18 June at 16:00 CEST (Geneva time) - and statistics report - by: JKMakowka 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#13769 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#13769 joeturner wrote:
I was thinking we should do some more research about available meeting services to test to see which are best to use for those with limited bandwidth. One thing is that this system maybe causes problems as it tries to load video and images even for those who (maybe) can't use it. I wonder if there is something which could be used which has two options (ie one which loads all the videos and one which doesn't). It is nice to see each other's faces, but maybe this is causing a problem for some.


There is the open-source option called Big Blue Button bigbluebutton.org/ that could be directly integrated into the SuSanA website and which uses modern WebRTC audio that might solve some of the issues.]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:59:21 +0000
Re: Feedback: Have a chat with us: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar Thur., 18 June and statistics report - by: madeleine 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#13762 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#13762 Thank you for organizing the revitalizing chat yesterday. I have not been that active on the forum lately but this was a nice comeback, hopefully there will be more opportunities.
Yesterdays open mic session indicates the strength of SuSanA. The convening power of SuSanA mission and vision bring together people with a lot of experience within the sector people who want to connect share experiences and learn together.

It is also timely to reflect on the ICT development that has taken place with the development of SuSanA. The possibility of global connection is truly amazing and SuSanA has also been able to make a very good and timely use of the technology. WE could probably use the technology out there much more. Based on yesterday´s conversation I think we actually more than ever need a communication and capacity development strategy in place. Already from the start we worked to develop a capacity development strategy and the initial drafts have ended up in a file somewhere in a members hard desk. It would be a good investment to develop a strategy that would enable us tailor and organize our resources making them accessible by using different communication tools for our different target groups referring to practitioners , researchers, students etc

As an example I think SuSanA could use Twitter much more efficiently to lead people into interesting resources, articles on the website etc. WIKI is powerful and so is indeed Twitter and requires less work . Twitter can be programed long time a head and it is an easy channel to present our interesting resources on a regular bases.

Furthermore my recommendation is not see other sanitation online communities as competitors on the a contrary they are complementary and attracts other very important user groups. More than ever before we are working towards the same goal sanitation for all and Susana take the additional step to make this goal sustainable.

To blame limitation in growth of SuSanA on a ecosan stigma is contraproductive in a time where we are heading toward integration of the development goals and in time where the agriculture sector is proactively posing a demand on the nutrients and want reuse to become part of national and global food security strategies www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe/en/. In Sweden the agriculture sector has pushed forward certification standards for Urine and Blackwater to make the agriculture products acceptable for the Swedish market see the resume from the Emilie Jung and Ola Palm attached.The long term connection with the productive sectors is rather a merit than a liability for future growth of the network.

This and much more will be discussed in Stockholm please share the invitation for our SuSanA meeting in Stockholm on August 22 and we will really try to prepare the meeting so that it can be a productive online meeting as well.

Greeeting from a Sweden in midsummer time : Madeleine]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:54:45 +0000
Re: Feedback: Have a chat with us: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar Thur., 18 June and statistics report - by: BPopov 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#13761 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#13761
I am mysef would be very interesred to talk on technical issues of sanitation systems.
Like say the subject "Public Compost Toilet problems" or "Competition aspects of CW and compact SBR" or even "Toilet ventilators".

Thank you very much everyone! Was very nice to hear you and I hope to do it again.]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:50:08 +0000
Re: 5000 member milestone achieved for SuSanA on 17 June 2015 - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/6403-5000-member-milestone-achieved-for-susana-on-17-june-2015#13758 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-general-announcements-from-or-about-susana/6403-5000-member-milestone-achieved-for-susana-on-17-june-2015#13758 open microphone webinar today where she introduced herself. How fitting that it is someone from India where we have so much activity and interest around sanitation in India these days, also here on the forum.

Her name is Samyuktha Varma. Samyuktha is based in Bangalore, currently an independent consultant with some very interesting plans (and past activities in sanitation with IWMI in Sri Lanka for example). We will let her introduce her plans and reasons for joining SuSanA in her own words in this thread.

Here is a warm welcome to our 5000th member, Samyuktha from India:



And of course a warm welcome also to all the other new members who have been joining these weeks, making this 5000 milestone a possibility. We all look forward to reading your posts on this forum and to interacting with you - perhaps in a future SuSanA webinar as well!

Kind regards,
Elisabeth]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:25:23 +0000
Re: TODAY: Have a chat with us: „Open microphone“ SuSanA online webinar Thur., 18 June at 16:00 CEST (Geneva time) - and statistics report - by: joeturner 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#13757 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#13757
Another thing maybe we could think about is to not try to have slides on the same service as the conference - if they are available on the forum to download, maybe participants can download them beforehand and we can have an audio-only conference with each of us looking at our own copy of the pdf.

I think most people had a better experience than when we were talking about the SDGs with the JMP the other week. So that's good ]]>
General announcements from or about SuSanA Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:50:16 +0000