Last December 2, 2011, an audience of policy-makers, industry leaders, academics, and other members of the private sector and telecentre community, gathered around a panel of seven telecentre experts at eAsia 2011 in Bangladesh, Asia’s premier ICT event.
Telecentre.org Foundation, a global leader in the growing telecentre movement, teamed up with the eAsia 2011 organizers, namely Bangladesh Computer Council, Support to Digital Bangladesh, Prime Minister's office and CSDMS in India, to host the session “Five Pillars of Telecentre Sustainability”, under the theme “Connecting People”, one of the 5 thematic areas of eAsia 2011.
The sustainability of telecentres is one of the crucial topics discussed and debated among the telecentre community. During the session, the audience had the opportunity to listen and participate in a productive discussion as the speakers delivered comprehensive presentations and discussions on each of the five sustainability components namely: financial, social, political, operational and organizational sustainability.
The session began with the Welcome Address by Maria Teresa Camba, Director of Operations for Telecentre.org Foundation, who briefly introduced the session topic and the panel of speakers. She was followed by Miguel Raimilla, Executive Director of Telecentre.org Foundation, who delivered the Keynote Address. In his talk, Miguel highlighted the significance of telecentre sustainability and how sustainability can support telecentres to emerge as a social enterprise. Miguel, who is a telecentre expert with over 18 years of experience as a founding member of various multinational/multicultural initiatives linked with social enterprises, social development and youth throughout Latin America, Asia, Europe and the United States, further elaborated on the inter-relationship between the sustainability of telecentres with social entrepreneurship and the means by which telecentres can grow as a business entities.
The five pillars of telecentre sustainability were covered by the following resource persons:
Talks from the panel were followed by a question-and-answer (Q&A) with the audience who actively participated as they shared their concerns, ideas, and questions to the panel of speakers. All the session attendees had high regard on the session structure and thanked the speakers for their presentations. The session was successfully concluded as the speakers walked away with their token of appreciation received from the eAsia organizers.
The panel of speakers at the "Five Pillars of Telecentre Sustainability" session, hosted by Telecentre.org Foundation. From left to right: Kamolrat Intaratat (Thaitelecentre.org), Mukesh Hajela (NICC), Angelo Ramos (PhilCeCNet), Tess Camba (Telecentre.org Foundation), Siaosi Sovaleni (SPC), Miguel Raimilla (Telecentre.org Foundation), Dil Piyaratna (ICTA)
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