Conference Blog: Rights, Forests and Climate Change

The program I work for, CAPRi, is supporting the Rights and Resources Initiative and the Rainforest Network Norway in the organization of an international conference on rights, forests and climate change in Oslo next week.

To give our network members, who cannot participate in person, a chance to hear and be heard we created a conference blog at www.rightsandclimate.org. The blog will thus not only serve as the knowledge repository where we post background information, presentations, sessions summaries, short interviews etc., but we hope that it will generate a side discussion as well.

The conference blogs Climate and Health Challenge Dialogue (great idea to post arguments in the form of short quotes) and Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People (thanks to Pete for sharing his experience in running that blog) helped a lot in preparing this event. An invaluable tip by Beth Kanter is to use a blogging software to be less vulnerable to failing connections.

Let us know if you have any other tips, dos or donts for us and if you are interested in the topic make sure you check out the conference blog and leave comment.

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3 Responses

  1. Glad you found it useful. I’m also looking into “live tweeting” for events too – are you Twitter?

  2. Hi Stephan, great job as always ;-)
    Can you tell me / us more about blogging software and howe it works?
    Greetings, Simone

  3. Thanks for the comments.

    Beth, I am on twitter (@sdohrn) but have not been active in quite a while. I did however set up ecto and will use the twitter feature to shoot out notices of new posts. Not many people we work with (agriculture development, natural resources management) use web2.0 tools (yet?) and I have tried too often to introduce more than one tool at a time to learn that that does not work at all. This is why we are trying to get the blogging right and so might able to recruit more bloggers next time to free up time for us to tweet, film and do other exciting things.

    We are only two people who will write, so I think rather than live blogging, we will take notes and then post session (or speaker summaries).

    Simone, I am following Beth’s suggestion and will be using the desktop blog editor ecto (I decided to use my mac, not the PC laptop from work, since I feel more comfortable on that, plus it is smaller and lighter). On the PC I use Windows Live Writer, which I like a lot and up to know I used Scribefire (a Firefox extension) on my mac. I decided to try ecto because it runs as a separate program, so my writing won’t be affected by browser crashes.

    All of these programs are fairly easy to set up and are basically desktop text editors that save your work on your computer first and by adding your blog credentials you then publish your post directly from the program without having to login to the webinterface of your blog.

    There is a post on desktop blog editors on problogger and one on Mashable on editors for Windows but they are not the newest.

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