Talanoa Sessions at the LCOY Fiji
The Talanoa Process(es) serves significant importance to the people in Fiji and as well as to those in the Pacific region. The Talanoa sessions are supposed to be interactive and an open medium of sharing (sharing what you know and openly asking what you wish to know.)
This is a brilliant concept that can be made effective in the LCOY’s that we will each respectively organize.
Best practice LCOY Fiji:
For the purpose of the National Local Conference of Youth in Fiji, I have created a plan to divide the Official Working Group members into each unique area/topic that is of major significance and importance and the participants can choose the topic(s) they are most interested in.
The important topics that we have decided to have in the LCOY here in Fiji are:
- Climate Action and Mitigation and Adaptation
- Ocean Protection
- Climate Change Health, Agriculture and Security
- Climate Finance, Policy and Advocacy
- Climate Change and Technology
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Climate Change Gender, Women and Children
These topics will be used to initiate a Talanoa Session. The participants of the sessions will be grouped into different tables with labelled topics of their interest and the participants they can generate and start a session.
It is expected that each Talanoa Session revolves around Three Central Questions:
- Where are we?
- Where do we want to go?
- How do we get there?
We can use these questions to start the “Talanoa” among the Participants where they can share each of their individual experience(s), and opinions to address the challenges driven within the topic area they have chosen. We can also write down the shared ideas and valuable contents from the Talanoa sessions and effectively feed it into a Talanoa Output document which most of us have agreed to make. It can also be suggested that all the LCOY Organizers can bring the Talanoa Output documents from their respective LCOY’s and present it in the Global 14th Conference of Youth in December this year.
A presentation of the Talanoa Dialogue Video is a brilliant idea as well and the videos from all LCOY’s can be presented in COY14 as well. We can also ask the participants to share their experience of participating in Talanoa and if they found it effective in anyway.
The Talanoa Process is considered as a safe space where anyone can share whatever they like without any hesitation, this sometimes involves people sharing personal experiences as well. So we might have to be careful while recording a video during a Talanoa Session is being coordinated.
However, we can record (1) should the participants feel comfortable and okay with us recording (2) record for the purpose of our overall Talanoa Video but mute certain portions.
The Basic Steps for Talanoa:
- The following steps can be used to facilitate the Talanoa Dialogue:
- Participants are to choose an area of interest/theme/focus topic.
- Participants are required to sit in a circle.
- Basic round of introduction as to what the Talanoa Dialogue is and its importance.
- We can ask the participants to introduce themselves
- Initiate the Actual Talanoa Process with the first central question.
- Participants can start sharing their inputs from one side.
- Expand the Talanoa with the second Central Question once you feel the first question was well addressed.
- Continue with the third central question.
- Try and relate the three central questions with relation to the area of interest/theme/focus topic.
- Try and address the issues and problems related towith the area of interest/theme/focus topic chosen.
- Did the Talanoa thrive possible solutions from everyone’s perspective?
- Conclusion of the Talanoa Session with a vote of thanks from the person facilitating.
Expectations after all the Talanoa Sessions:
As mentioned, we all should feed all the outcomes of each respective Talanoa Session and compile it into an Outcome Document of the entire Talanoa Process and it can highlight the following:
- How the Talanoa was conducted (The basic processes involved.)
- How each Central Question related to the topic being discussed?
- How each Central Question was used to tackle the issues and problems associated with the topics that was being talked about in the Talanoa.
- Present the discussed solutions associated with the topic of the Talanoa Session. Discuss the solutions that was talked about to address the problems associated with the topics that was being talked about in the Talanoa
- We can write down the thoughts the participants had before and after the Talanoa Session.
- And we can discuss if the Overall Talanoa Process was a success or not.
- Finish with a fruitful conclusive statement.
Produce a Talanoa Dialogue Video showcasing how the overall Talanoa Sessions were and highlight the general steps, contents discussed and shared and the productive outcomes of the overall Talanoa Dialogue.
I feel the Talanoa Video Can be made with the following structure:
- INTRO: A general statement about what the Talanoa Dialogue is, possibly its significance in the Pacific culture and how we can use the elements and the concept of the Talanoa to share our thoughts and ideas to address Climate Change related issues.
- A quick overview of how the Talanoa Dialogue was practiced in the LCOY.
- A discussion on what climate areas were address in the Talanoa Sessions.
- We can visualize content and showcase active engagement during Talanoa sessions to display the idea that discussions and gathering of ideas was effective.
- We can highlight a few ideas that were significant from the Talanoa Sessions and could be of importance.
- I also agree with the idea of interviewing the participants and I feel before we end the video we can interview a few participants and asks them if they found the Talanoa Session effective and a good platform for them to share their thoughts and opinions about how they feel climate change can be addressed.
- We can end the video with a strong conclusive statement.
Please feel free to add anything else should you feel is important.
Finally, the video can be released on Social Media and can be presented in the Global Conference of Youth and finally we can have it presented at the Fijian Pavilion in COP24 Conference