“From the affective to the effective.”

The first meeting had a difficult challenge to work at the psychological level with the participants to visualize the common cultural identity behind the language differences. The process was also oriented to identify the cultural differences remaining as historical consequences of the colonial differences. The previous conference demonstrated that the construction of the Caribbean information society needs foundations based on  respect for linguistic and cultural diversity.

The facilitation process was dedicated to explore and to construct the common imagination, which is the main intangible product of the first meeting, the tangible products (report and declarations) being of very relative importance compared with the work in perceptions.

This second workshop-conference is seen as one stage further, with an application orientation, attempting to capitalize on the affective gains of the first meeting and the empathy that has clearly lasted in much of the group. The aim is to ground in concrete actions also taking advantage of a global and regional context at the moment particularly propitious for it (CMSI, adoption of the UNESCO agreement on diversity, E.LAC, plans of e.Gob, plans of the EU...).

The meeting considers two complementary factors: the diaspora and the non insular Caribbean, although in a proportional manner so as to maintain the priority in  capitalization.

The direction towards the concrete and the applied does not sacrifice the essential substratum to the project of interculturality which is the live wire of the CARDICIS process.

The manifestation of this will towards concretization and capitalization, without leaving the essential frame of the cultural diversity, focuses in different ways:

  • in the high proportion of people coming from the first meeting,
  • in the determined approach towards existing projects and processes, in particular in the multisectorial community of ICT4D actors called CIVIC,
  • in methodology more synthesis-oriented than analysis-oriented,
  • with the separation of the activities of socialization from the work process,
  • and with the maintenance of the permanent intersection of the subject of cultural diversity with that of ICT4D.

In short, although this speaks to a meeting more traditional than the first, there will always be space for original experiments (like the one to invite the interpreters from the first meeting so that they participate in this meeting as authentic participants) which justify themselves by the nature of idea and by the particular style of process of FUNREDES, where investigation and action are never far from one another.