The WCOC 2009 is opening in Interlaken with a full pre-congress day of workshops and face-to-face meetings.
This morning we started with a (very short) session on social reporting. The idea of this blog (and the other web spaces created around it) is indeed to capture the conversations as they happen here and bring them to the wider public to follow and participate virtually. Some 7 people from Helvetas and other organisations involved in the conference were present – see their introductury posts below here. Together, we went through the basics of blogging, ‘blipping’ and ‘tweeting’, and they will update this spaces over the coming days with short entries on the discussions that are taking place in here. They are very enthusiastic and keen to explore this way of conference reporting; we very much look forward to hearing their stories!
At the moment, the face to face meeting of the organic cotton platform is taking place. This presents an unique opportunity for the different people involved in the community to get to know each others, and discuss interesting ideas and potential collaboration that have been emerging in the online dialogue. A post on the outcomes of this meeting will follow later.
The programme of the day foresees also an introduction to the seminar on organic and sustainable textile for brands and retailers, and a session convened by Organic Exchange, to bring together its members for an update on the organisation and for discussing current issues.