The online Participatory Video and Most Significant Change (PVMSC) training sessions are held virtually in several series via Zoom.
Innovative capacity building and knowledge sharing approaches, including the PVMSC process, are important to enhance and enable our collaborative work to contribute to the project outcomes under the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The PVMSC process will support project outcomes such as target stakeholders’ understanding of, and access to geospatial data and knowledge products to support Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018-2030). Additionally, the resulting narratives, case studies and videos will help support and inform illustrative examples of common data formats and integration, identifying sector specific needs of member States and publications on good practices of the use of space applications for monitoring purposes. Finally, the resulting videos will be used as components of the workshops, trainings and knowledge products developed and delivered under both projects, as well as in the 25th session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) on RESAP and the 4th Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.
These online activities aim to facilitate an online knowledge sharing process that will capture the impact of utilizing and sharing geospatial information for resilient and sustainable development, with the aim to enable horizontal communications between lower and higher-level government workers and to inspire investment in the technology applications themselves. This process will incorporate diverse practitioners’ perspectives, capacity development needs, building trust, improving digital cooperation necessary for data sharing and innovative digital approaches in COVID-19 remote working circumstances.
Participatory video can capture what surveys, questionnaires and bar charts fail to communicate: the human stories behind technology applications in development. The PVMSC methodology empowers participants to formulate their own criteria for impact and evaluation, by allowing them to tell and select their own story of most significant change through a self-determined selection process. With consent, videos can be shared with decision-makers who might not otherwise hear these important stories. This methodology will improve understanding of spatial and mapping technologies among stakeholders, by amplifying the experiences of innovators and focusing on their experience of change. By creating a space for mutual understanding, we aim to increase investment in these technologies.