Discourse, dialogue and translation

Working Group 1 has re-named itself as ‘Discourse, Dialogue and Translation’. It intends to make full use of its members’ experience and local contacts by developing four areas of empirical work with local knowledge processes. These are:

1. Cultural literacy: building on and disseminating existing local experience of development-oriented pedagogy and exploring its potential to transmit local environmental perspectives to the international arena (Para, Brazil – 2008/09);
2. Digital life stories on water: articulating and comparing local knowledge on water in a context of competing strategies for its ownership and management (Costa Rica and Nicaragua – 2008/09);
3. Local Multimedia: organising locally produced multimedia as a local development resource and exploring its potential links to and use by the development sector at other levels (South India and Sri Lanka 2008/10);
4. Research on local knowledge loops: exploring the consequences for local development and for research or more active and appropriate (format, language) reporting of research results to the researched communities (worldwide 2008/10).

In addition, we are still hoping to support the making of a participatory video of a participatory spatial modelling exercise in Burkina Faso. This had been planned for 2007 but had to be delayed because of local unrest.

WG1 intends to draw cross-cutting lessons from this work by conducting an open on-line dialogue about the methodologies experienced in such work and the potential for local discourses, relevant to development, to connect with and influence more formal development discourses.

Translation, interpreted here in its widest sense to include communication across any barrier not simply that of language, is likely to become the key cross-cutting theme of this group. These issues will be pursued using the methodology of a series of linked, co-constructed workspaces.

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