THE ePOP CONCEPT
ePOP IN TWO WORDS (OR ONE MORE...)
AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK AT THE SERVICE OF YOUTH, INTERGENERATIONAL LINKS AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING
ePOP is an international citizen network of information and exchanges developed by RFI Planet Radio and theInstitute for Research and Development (IRD). The objective is simple but ambitious: to promote the dissemination of collaborative, accessible and quality information based on testimonials collected by young volunteers, responsible and supportive, the " ePOPers ". This intergenerational approach, which closely associates the international scientific community, is also part of a desire to nourish the archives of the intangible heritage of humanity.
THE ePOPers NETWORK
Young people from the five continents produce video reports that relay the observations and questions of local populations, to report on the direct consequences of climate and global changes affecting their environments, or more simply their daily lives. In these short videos posted on epop.network and on Facebook and Instagram, people confide their feelings and question scientists and experts from around the world. To federate its network, ePOP is setting up workshops in different countries to facilitate the exchange of skills between young ePOPers.
The AFTER-POPMicro public conferences, presented as coffee/debates, will soon be organized in parallel with major international events dealing with environmental and climate issues (COPs, IPCC meetings, World Environment Forum, etc.). Conceived around an audience of experts, politicians, artists and NGO leaders, they will allow local citizens to openly debate the proposals suggested during the day by official personalities and organisations.
FINALLY BECOME AWARE OF THE FEELINGS OF LOCAL POPULATIONS AND PROVIDE ELEMENTS OF RESPONSE
ePOP calls upon experts who take note of the feelings and questions presented in the videos. These respond to these questions and illustrate the role of research in analyzing and managing the issues raised. The themes covered by the network of mobilized researchers cover several fields: erosion, invasive species, freshwater and natural resource management, food security, population displacement, safeguarding cultural heritage, social impacts, etc.
A PARTICIPATIVE INTERNET PLATFORM AND A STRONG PRESENCE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
ePOP relies on its Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/ePOPNetwork/ ) and its intuitive download platform (epop.network), fed by the productions of the ePOPers network. They are all designed as :
- Information areas with a dynamic presentation of the topics dealt with by the ePOPers clubs;
- Exchange spaces that invite Internet users to dialogue with the ePOPers ;
- Documentary resource spaces offered by the IRD's digital media library;
- Interactive tools to inform and disseminate the videos made by the ePOPers.
In order to debate together the testimonies shared in the video capsules, ePOP regularly initiates public micro-conferences with screenings around the world. The After-POPs, that's what they are called, are designed as coffee/debates and are usually held in meeting places such as Breweries, Cultural Centres or University halls. The workshops, built around an audience of experts, politicians, artists and NGO leaders, allow local citizens to openly debate the proposals suggested during the day by official personalities and organisations. The After-POPs are notably organized in the margins of major international events dealing with environmental and climate issues (COP, IPCC meetings, World Environment Forum, etc.).
VERY SOCIAL NETWORKS
Since its creation, ePOP has always been very present on social networks. In addition to the general information available on its website (epop.network) or more specifically related to the Contest (concours.epop.network), the Instagram and Facebook networks host the real ePOP daily newspapers. And by the way, every Friday, when the capsule of the week is published on Facebook, it's the fair for debates and remarks! Posts from all over the world come to comment or support the capsule directors. Between ePOPers, it goes like this...
ePOP IN FIGURES
With a network of ePOPers from 40 countries, and publications in 21 languages and dialects, the ePOP participatory network is doing well. A media library of more than 500 videos from all over the world, growing day by day, a growing community, three regional branches in the world, and capsules exported by hundreds of thousands each year. In addition to its numerous publications on Facebook/Instagram, the life of the community is also fuelled by a journalism of solutions that is shared daily on our tools.