Swiss expert visits Williams CRC

At BeingThere you know we’re proud of what we do and the services we provide, but what you might not realise is how proud we are that we can help local communities achieve their goals despite their location.

Not so long ago, a group of people in the Williams area of Western Australia embarked on a campaign to explore the question of using GM crops in their area after the WA State Government lifted a ban on genetically modified.

On the one side of the fence, quite literally, was the pro GM team. Their arguments received much media attention; they had the funding to commission key international lobbyists; and endeavour to influence decision makers.

On the other side there was concern and strong feeling that the genetically modified crops would contaminate local farmland and produce that many in the area had spent a lifetime cultivating, growing and nurturing. However they did not have the financial clout to be able to fund experts to participate in the local debate.

David and Goliath battle.

In conjunction with the Williams CRC (Community Resource Centre) the community was able to facilitate a balanced discussion on the matter using the BeingThere video conferencing service. The community and various representatives gathered at the CRC to hear from both sides.

Using our video conferencing service and support the GM campaigners concerned about the local impact introduced topic expert Jochen Koester by his joining into the discussion from his office in Switzerland. Jochen was able to provide a fully interactive presentation from the other side of the world – the quality of the audio and vision made this incredible geographic separation hard to believe.

Gerry Murphy from BeingThere said the service was ideal for this sort of scenario.

“For a tiny fraction of the cost of an airfare from Switzerland to WA, the local group was able to access some of the best and brightest talent in the world to enable a more balanced discussion,” he said.

“We’re thrilled that we can provide seamless connections of excellent quality to experts around the world.

We challenge you to think about how you could use a guest expert to champion your cause or improve your success if distance and location were no issue?

Please CLICK HERE to share your ideas on how CRC video conferencing can be used to benefit you local community. Look forward to hearing what you have to say.

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