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Share Mo Lang Voters' Forum 2022

ESML: SHARE MO LANG VOTERS’ FORUM AN ONLINE FORUM FOR MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERATE VOTERS

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ESML: SHARE MO LANG VOTERS’ FORUM AN ONLINE FORUM FOR MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERATE VOTERS

SML or Share Mo Lang Voters’ Forum is an online event organized by Media and Information Literacy (MIL) advocates: Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC), Break the Fake MovementFoundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), Out of the Box Media Literacy Initiative (OOTB), and Yabong Philippines together with PinasForward and eboto.ph. The event will provide a safe space for democratic discourse among young voters while promoting critical thinking and fact-checking. It will be conducted in zoom and will be broadcast live on Facebook on April 9, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. 

The objectives of the SML Voters’ Forum align with the outcomes of the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP), such as the empowerment of youth to “exercise their right of suffrage responsibly,” as well as the objectives of the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Framework in Youth Civic Engagement in the Philippines, developed by Filipino MIL advocates and youth organizations in 2021.

While different organizations continue to implement webinars/workshops and forums on fact-checking and addressing misinformation and disinformation, and candidates are being engaged in media/social media interviews as well as debates, there appears to be a gap in terms of creating venues for democratic discussions on the issues young Filipinos are most concerned about and where the candidates stand on these issues.

The SML: Share Mo Lang Voters’ Forum goes beyond the recommended online action in the MIL Framework in Youth Civic Engagement (.e., social media campaign on voter registration and voter education) by implementing a more interactive activity that promotes active listening as well as an understanding of diverse perspectives. The forum will foster meaningful, respectful, and civil discourse among voters, and encourage citizens to step out of echo chambers in order to understand other people’s experiences and points of view.

At the end of the forum, we are expecting participants to recognize the value of active listening and civil discourse; deepen their understanding of fact-checking and critical thinking (including managing one’s biases), and acknowledge commonalities and differences among fellow citizens who may not share the same perspectives.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The following are the objectives of the online forum:

  1. Provide a space for discussion of different perspectives as a way of breaking echo chambers;
  2. Promote active listening and engagement in civil discourse;
  3. Identify issues young Filipino voters care about;
  4. Encourage discussion and analysis of presidential candidates’ stand on issues; and
  5. Discuss practical critical thinking and fact-checking techniques in analyzing issues and candidates’ statements.

PROGRAM FLOW 

  1. The three-hour program will begin with a brief overview of the forum, its objectives and the eboto.ph website. Followed by the introduction of speakers.
  2. Ten to twelve (10-12) speakers will compose the forum–ten (10) of which are supporters of the presidential candidate of their choice while two (2) are “undecided” voters. The speakers are not introduced as representatives of neither their chosen candidates nor their organizational affiliations. In addition, speakers have an option to use an alias; they will not be required to turn on their cameras during the discussion.
  3. Five to six issues will be discussed throughout the program. Each round has a time allocation of Fifteen minutes. The facilitators will provide context about each issue at the start of each round. The issues will be selected primarily from those discussed in the televised presidential debates.
  4. For each issue, clips from presidential debates and additional research will be presented to show the stand of the presidential candidates. These may be referred to as “resibo no. 1,” “resibo no. 2,” and so on.
  5. Per round, speakers will discuss their perspectives on the issue while facilitators gather audience comments from the Facebook live stream and brought into the discussion. There will be a time limit for each speaker. In some parts of the program, speakers will be invited to answer through a show of hands or a poll.
  6. A fact-checker and/or expert on each issue will come in before or after each round. Alternatively, a slide may be flashed on the screen for the fact-checking segment while the facilitators discuss the key points.
  7. There will be two fact-checking games/icebreakers, with five questions per game/icebreaker between the rounds. Prizes will be given to the winning audience members.

For interested participants, you may click this link to register.

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