Empathetic and skillful interview conduction

“Everybody has a story to tell – its the matter of phrasing the right questions – which makes people sharing them.” This sentence was the closure of an insightful introduction on “Interview Techniques” held by Philippa Plochberger (coordinator and person in charge for training and education at Radio FRO) in our laboratory.

ToR "Interview" - session

Workshop-session number one completed, a pile of homework ahead of us, as well as some more sessions before we head off to hopefully ask empathetic and skillful questions to get to listen to wonderful stories.

Source Material (just some of it)

There are thousands of lovely templates out there, which have been our inspirational sources in designing the user-interface.

Radio without a receiving unit

While some of us scanning through piles of background information Peter Kuthan from argezim handed out and mailed to us over the last months, others are trying to get the software running which can be seen as the “invisible” backbone of the interface (as in the final part which will be exhibited), still others are busy in assembling the parts of the project shaping user-interface.


Designed as an old-fashioned looking radio-set, without a receiving function though, the interface will enable an audience to switch manually through all narratives and anecdotes collected in a near future.

Journey ahead


There are only a few weeks left until our departure. We are in the middle of “inhaling” all sorts of information, references as well as stories and anecdotes out there on Tonga Culture, on historical and contemporary facts about Zimbabwe and the people we are going to meet in a very near future. Running through, summarizing and expanding long lists of sources which give as an insight in what we might face and help us to prepare for a journey which leads us to Siachilaba, Binga, Bulawayo, Harare (ZIM) and a for a few days to Johannesburg (RSA). Continue reading