Amplifying Voices to Bridge the Waste Solutions Expertise Gap – Results from our 2013 Global Dialogues on Waste
Through our 2013 global dialogues on waste, we amplified 20 hours of precious time from some of the best in waste into 500 hours of education. Twenty seven experts from around the globe contributed 45 minutes of their time to share their expertise, experience and vision while responding to doubts, questions and comments on a diverse range of waste management issues.
The global dialogue engaged 500 live audience and 15,000 more through content published after the broadcasts. Out of the 500 hours of waste education, video content and online reading provided 250 hours each. We achieved this within just six months, by removing all barriers of participation for audience, and by producing relevant and high quality discussions. Since the activity is entirely online, need for travelling to learn or disseminate solutions and knowledge was out of question! However, we removed the other barrier, which is cost. We provided all of our content at no financial cost to our audience! This was possible because of Earth Engineering Center‘s sponsorship, and generous time contributions by our contributors.
A Truly Global Dialogue on Waste
By removing all barriers of participation for audience, we made it possible for anyone from anywhere in the world to discuss global as well as local waste challenges and solutions, making the dialogue truly global.
On our journey to create a truly global conversation, we are travelling through a steep learning curve. From the very beginning, we had technical difficulties and Google’s Hangouts on Air technology had limitations. We have and are working with and around these difficulties to provide a better experience to our panelists and audience in our future events. We hope to create a two way communication platform between people who seek solutions and those who can provide them. Anyone looking for waste solutions expertise will be able to find them through published content or can ask and learn from the best in waste. Through this platform, experts are already able to learn further from real world problems and existing global experience.
Be Waste Wise started out of the need for connecting people seeking solutions with those who can provide them. Our aim is to bridge the waste solutions expertise gap worldwide and we are moving in that direction through our knowledge and sponsorship collaborations with a multitude of organizations. We have to work together to solve the new global challenge of waste management. If you think we can work together, write to [email protected] or use our contact us page.
Our team and the scale of our activities during the last six months proved to be very small compared to the work at hand. We are scaling up our operations for future events. Another important hurdle was the schedule of the topics! Due to the breadth of the topics, we worked with diverse partners with specific niche audience. The weekly schedule gave us very little time to promote or follow up on individual panels which covered a wide range of topics. We are currently remodeling our strategy to organize monthly themes, where we will organize multiple panels on a specific topic on a single day every month. We are leveraging this experience to plan The Global Dialogue on Waste starting from March, 2014. Please subscribe or follow us on social media for the announcement.
Our contributors, Athanasios, and Craig generously contributed their time. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them again. We would also like to thank our sponsor, the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University.
Special thanks to our “connectors”, the people who shared their precious contacts and guided us in finding and reaching out to the best in waste. We greatly value them and want to thank Prof. Nickolas Themelis, Nuggehalli Vasuki, Jill Boughton, Jane Olley, Beth Terry, Daniella Russo, and John Carlton. Finally, thanks to Simona Palummo for helping us in promoting our panel on climate change.