No Longer a (KM4Dev) Virgin … and Catching Up with Social Media

Last night I attended my first KM4Dev (Rome) informal gathering in a quirky little joint just off Piazza Navona. Michael Riggs of the Food and Agriculture Organization and Roxanna Samii of the International Fund for Agriculture Development shared their take on the uneasy role of social media at the WSIS conference at which they presented in May this year. My mental capacity was a bit stunted by the two gin tonic, but this is what I can recall of what was shared:

All this is very amusing but probably not for those presenters who were called out by the twitterers. There is no escaping this groundswell of participatory engagement, so they might as well learn to live with it. I have had conference delegates asking me for the hashtag and sometimes even free wifi so that they can tweet. Presenters have to learn not just how to engage with their audience more but also how to deal – in real time – with tweet comments that tend to be more forthright and less sugar coated than face-to-face query.

On a lighter note, Piazza Navona is a lovely place to spend a summer evening. Nine of us showed up. Two Africans, one Iranian, one Italian, one Indian, one American, one British, one Malaysian and one Singaporean. Four Brazilian tourists asked me where we were from, and I replied, “the United Nations of course”.


5 Comments so far


Edgar, thanks for the great post.  I wish Allison Hornery and Anand Giridharadas were with us last night!!!!

Posted on June 04, 2010 at 06:31 PM | Comment permalink

Nice recap, Edgar. Especially after your 2 drinks!

Posted on June 04, 2010 at 07:13 PM | Comment permalink


Welcome on board, Edgar, hope to see you at future meetings as well…

Posted on June 04, 2010 at 11:00 PM | Comment permalink


Thanks for blogging the meet-up.. impressive what 2 drinks actually doesn’t do for you!

Posted on June 04, 2010 at 11:39 PM | Comment permalink


Suoer great, such a fun United Nations group ... Thank you Edgar for your post!

Posted on June 06, 2010 at 08:12 PM | Comment permalink

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