Kini: Linking Water Management Peers in Australia and the Asia Pacific
Kini, Malaysian for ‘current’, signifying the flow of knowledge, seeks to expand the dialogue about solving water problems more broadly throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific. It is about providing opportunities for those who are unable to take part in the more concerted, ‘project’-style AWP activities, to connect with one another and share knowledge.
However, Kini is not primarily about building a new online platform. Instead it is an effort to connect people using whatever their preferred communication platforms are – e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, WeChat, or special purpose online communities for water e.g. SuSanA
Kini connects individuals and organisations to timely, useful, quality knowledge – whether that be documentation, discussions, learning tools, conference videos, or other suitable electronic media.
The Kini initiative serves to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between Australia and the Asia Pacific. Kini looks to achieve two main objectives:
(1) Translate Australian knowledge into products that can be taken up more easily by those who may be able to use them both in Australia and in the Asia Pacific;
(2) Share knowledge through connecting practitioners using existing platforms and channels.
Kini recognises that learning requires face-to-face connections, and aims to supplement this with available information through virtual means.