THE POWER OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/OWNERSHIP – (PART FOUR): THE ROLES OF INFLUENTIAL AND OPINION…

first_imgThis fourth article of the series centered on the necessity and strength of community engagement considers the roles of opinion leaders of the community. Leadership is key to the survival and success of organizations and institutions. If community engagement is to be initiated and sustained it has to be led by all who play influential roles in the life of the community. These community influential leaders include chiefs, pastors, imams, teachers, leaders of men, women, youth, and heads of wheelbarrows and motorbikes associations. Community ownership can be successfully engineered by shared leadership. The third article on the necessity of effective communication in engaging and maintaining ownership made the following points:A required element of community engagement is appropriate communication. Communication is a two way activity. It requires both speaking through verbal and non-verbal means and listening. One speaker speaks and the other listens and the other speaks and the one listens. Keen listening means the listener attempts to feel what the other feels, hear what the other hears and to put one in the other’s shoes.An effective communication is absolutely vital to any attempts to persuade people to do something, especially if it involves asking them to change their mental attitude and behavior. Any kind of propaganda (whether it is a war of any kind, a political platform, a new policy, a marketing strategy, an evangelistic undertaking, or any human endeavor that asks the voluntary involvement of other people) requires the right kind of communicating if it is to succeed. In fact, communication is a necessity for all who lead or influence others in one form or the other. Sometime the difference between success and failure depends on how one communicates his/her vision.If communities are to find self-generating solutions to their problems and improve their total wellbeing there must be effective communication at every level and stage of a continued process. Those who initiate and remain with community engagement have to be effective communicators.This requires an entry into the community. Community entry is about the strategies employed to get the community open herself up and disclose its true needs, concerns and aspirations. There are all sorts of ways of doing this depending on each particular community. Whatever means one chooses has to include involving the local leadership on the ground.Effective communication takes a lot more listening than talking. It means honestly and earnestly seeking to understand and learn from the community as opposed to telling her what one wants to communicate and coming to teach the community something. When one listens empathetically very often one learns something valuable from and about the people that one desires to engage. Effective communication overcomes barriers and creates countless opportunities for community participation and ownership.This kind of communication should bring on board everyone in the community. The drawing in of everyone is best done when the influential and opinion leaders of the community catch the vision. They in turn can spread and involve those they influence. Therefore chiefs, zoes, pastors, imams, teachers, leaders of the women, men, and youth, and heads of motorcyclists and wheelbarrow boys associations are to be involved in formulating the vision of whatever the community wants to do and in motivating everyone to come on board.The chiefs and zoes are the leaders of the people and what they say and do carries a lot of weight. Community members are likely to listen to them more than outsiders. Likewise religious leaders (pastors and imams) wield a lot of influence. Through their preaching, teaching and other forms of ministry (service) they engage members of the community at different levels on daily or at least biweekly basis (most likely on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Their members believe them and often do what they say and do.Teachers too influence what their students think and do. The kids listen and trust them more than their parents and others. Motorcyclists, wheelbarrow boys and leaders of the women, men and youths also can influence those who make use of their services. They all are to catch and drive community vision, projects and help solve problems and challenges that inevitably come from time to time. They all must play their parts if the community is to attend to its problems and make progress. They ought to help the community generate its own solutions and drive development. The importance of each one of these opinion leaders must be recognized and tapped into if communities are to see themselves as responsible for their own problems and coming up with visions for its own betterment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vivo iQOO Neo is now official: A gaming smartphone with Snapdragon 845 starting from Rs 18,000

first_imgVivo had recently jumped into the gaming phone segment with its iQOO brand a few months ago. After launching the iQOO gaming phone, Vivo has now launched an affordable version of the iQOO in China, called the iQOO Neo. The phone starts from a very low price of Rs 18,000 and offers a comprehensively powerful specifications sheet. The highlight of the iQOO Neo is that it uses Qualcomm’s last year’s flagship Snapdragon chipset.The iQOO is probably the only gaming smartphone you will see this year that doesn’t go for a wild and impractical design. Instead, Vivo has gone for a design that makes it look like any other premium smartphone these days – it has a glossy gradient finish at the back and conventional narrow-bezel display with a teardrop notch on the top. There’s a slight chin at the bottom as well.While the iQOO looks like any other smartphone, it has some gaming-specific features. The iQOO gets an eSports mode as well as a dedicated Game Space launcher to show only gaming-specific modifications. Also, the phone features 4D vibration system that will provide haptic feedback in supported games.However, the interesting part about the iQOO Neo on paper is the chipset. Instead of using this year’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, The Snapdragon 845 is more than a year old now and has lesser computing abilities than the Snapdragon 855. However, since most games are optimised well enough for Snapdragon 845-powered phones, gamers shouldn’t feel a massive loss in performance.Apart from that, the iQOO Neo sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a teardrop notch on top. The screen also houses an in-display fingerprint sensor. There’s a triple camera setup on the back which houses a 12-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the front-facing camera relies on the 12-megapixel camera.advertisementThe phone also comes with liquid cooling technology to ensure higher and sustained peak performance. The phone uses a 4500mAh battery with 22.5W Vivo FlashCharge system. It runs on Funtouch OS based on Android 9 Pie.The iQOO Neo starts from CNY 1798 (approximately Rs 18,000) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. There’s another variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that comes for CNY 2298 (approximately Rs 23,000).ALSO READ | Vivo Z1 Pro review: Killing it with a price of Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Vivo Z1Pro with Snapdragon 712 processor, in-display camera launched in India, price starts at Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Vivo V15 review: Cheapest pop-up camera phone with great design and battery lifelast_img read more