Discussion space to improve resources and processes for Local Representatives.
Well defined guides.
A Guide to Your Village Webpage
..the world will make a way for a man know where he is going..
The best people to define this are Local Reps, both experienced and new. So if you are a LR who has ideas in this area, or can produce relevant documents etc, please post here!
Jst a few comments from me to get discussion going...
For guides, I would say keep them short and simple, no more than two or three pages where possible. There will be exceptions e.g. a guide to using the website may be longer.
For more detailed information on subjects not directly related to the Nabuur website e.g. on engaging the local community, planning etc, there are websites out there that provide this. If we can find them, we can provide links to them. Examples are Community Toolbox http://ctb.ku.edu/en/ and Civicus Toolkits http://www.civicus.org/toolkits
If you have sites that you have found effective, please post details.
For direct support a few things have been suggested in previous discussions:
* We already have groups for Local Reps and New Local Reps. Would it be better to keep these two groups separate, or to have one LR group that is used for all discussion? The group(s) should have one or more people who commit to keeping them going (similar role to a facilitator), to make sure that questions get answered etc. They also need to contain a set of tasks that are relevant - that may be the current set or it may not!
* Country groups e.g. the one recently set up for Uganda, the Nairobi meetup group etc, will allow LRs (and others interested in sharing their experience) in a specific country to share information and maybe meet face to face if its practical. If there is interest, groups could be set up for all countries where there are Nabuur villages. Again, each group would need one or more owners to keep them running smoothly.
* A 'buddy' system where all LRs that wish to be are directly linked with another LR, or small group of LRs, who can provide them with advice and support. Again, this would require people to take on the role.
Any LRs (and others) reading this, you are very welcome to disagree with what I have written - to get this right, we really need your input!
Dear Mary and all friends of LR
I think it is very good place that we can share our concern and difficulty about village development and share project to other. As my idea I would like to see more detail explain to LR on how to more develop the village page. The link of all villages should be appear in Nabuur home page more easier visitor access to or (go to village direct)from homepage after they sign in. I found very complicate of new information and old information of my village, it should be divided from source of village information and source of nieghbors sharing so that the visitor easy compare and can come to join. The last one is village project progressive should keep one place for post the advance of project after implement like report, support from volunteer and donor on work because some nieghbor wish to know what happen and who involve on the project which one is remaining need.
Nice to work in group for progress the volnerables in less development
Moung Russey LR
P.O. Box 296 Battambang city, Cambodia
Tel: (855) 17860068
You asked for the information on Project Management. I hope this is the correct location for it!
You can find the original material I created at
It may take a while to download as the files were intentionally large to preserve detail for printing and not just for internet viewing. The files can be reduced in size if they are required for internet use only.
This is amazing! I did not know that such great guide exists.... let´s use it. The challenge is to have something nice and handy in a format that you can open even with a very slow connection. We actually thought about maybe a kind of slide show that you could see on the website but also print. Do you think your webguide could be transformed into something like this without having too many bites? Would you like to help with this?
I will carefully read through your document again - just had a quick look - and maybe some LR could give us feed-back if anything is missing, then we could complete and try to find an adequate format.
Mary and all, I agree there should be a central place where everybody can easily find all kind of material. What do you think about a separate Help & Support site (as tab besides the volunteer opportunities). This page could contain a web guide for everybody and then different section for different people and topics.
That´s for now,
The guide was done about two years ago when Romina was looking for help on PM. It was intended as a first look at 'let's see what can be done and if it would help LR's and Facs' understand PM.
It is not in a final finished form yet. Somewhere along the line interest focussed on the website issues rather than the content so it was never released, as far as I am aware, to the Nabuur general readership.
Romina and me talked about producing a Powerpoint Presentation format (in fact I probably still have a version in an archive somewhere) and also having the information available as a .pdf file that would be easy to download.
I do not think it would be too difficult to do these things. Once the content is finalized that is easy enough to put together.
We would need some space to publish it, probably on the Nabuur server (rather than have it sitting on my private one).
Looks like a great starting point! Few bits of wording may need to take account of how Nabuur will be organised e.g. will we have a central team who can advise on project management/definition, or will LRs and facilitators rely on the written docs and whatever they can find on the site? Would be good to test it out on a few LRs and Facilitators (new and experienced) to see what they think too.
Maria, yes I agree there should be a central Help section somewhere on the new website in a place that is easy for everyone to find. Also links to relevant info should be added to places such as LR and Faciliator groups.
I remember trying to incorporate your guide into the Nabuur site. It still looks good.
As far as I can remember there were two hurdles:
1. The pages were too heavy to load over a phone line. Shrinking the images messed up the pages (at least when I did it).
2. The navigation/menu stopped working when the guide was hosted on Nabuur.
If you'd manage to shrink the images, then I could look into the menu-issue.
Alternatively: If you have the files in a powerpoint format, then it could easily be shared using slideshare or so.
Ron, Mary & Maria the guide that's introduced, looks attractive. But I, all ready, had a few doubts in my mind & after reading the issues indicated by Pelle. My thoughts presented the views to raise my feelings about:
I afraid it'll be too heavy to open. If yes, again we are on the same stage where plenty of participants were asking, "why does it (Nabuur) take too long to work?
If I'm not wrong, I saw Mary some where complaining & Lynley during chat. Dennis also mentioned, in his country their net speed is too slow to open any heavy website.For your kind information, Dennis is from Africa & from Africa's continent there are too many members who're busy on the platform of Nabuur. It may possible many of them whirl in problems due to heavy pictures or any thing like that.
I mean to say, right from the beginning we've to measure all the things with comprehensive evaluation that in future minimum complains should be there rather than too many.
I hope web developers & organizers will have their keen observation that how any thing new works?
Here is a Powerpoint version of the presentation. It will serve to see if the speed, page selection and transfer to your system will work.
I downloaded the powerpoint but just got blank pages saying with a message "QuickTime and a decompressor are needed to view this picture".
I agree with Adnan and Pelle that its going to be essential to get the presentation/website/document small enough that it can be dowloaded easily over a slow connection. Hopefully someone with the right skills can shrink it, as I do like the look of what you have created.
Running into the same problem as Mary, I can't open it.
And the presentation is 4.5 Mb (quite big)
I don't have a solution at hand. :-(
I have saved these as .jpeg - Let's see if that works.
Thanks a lot. I can open them, but it only shows part of the page. Did you cut them by purpose?
Maybe try to use slideshare for the powerpoint.
Thanks again and looking forward to developing further your guide,
Not intentional Microsoft managed it all by itself!
Pics again. Quality reduced for easy download let's see what happens with these.
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