The Grassroots Radio project encourages the community radio stations to live broadcast the meetings where community members make decisions about the station, and, in general, all of the assemblies that the communities consider worth making public. If you are part of a community or a social group, or are interested in creating a community around a common interest or concern, you might want to check this set of tutorials the project has developed in order to support you with live broadcasting using RootIO and a standard smartphone.
Community radio stations can be very different from country to country, but they all share some features: they allow non-professionals to take part in the communication arena, they promote dialogue within communities and it is not necessary to have particular skills to listen to them. These elements can support you as citizen and/or community member in having access to public decision-making, and to communicate your concerns. To make this happen, we believe it is crucial that the system of roles, tasks and rules that guides the stations — i.e. their governance — fulfils some requirements:
We believe that the live broadcasting of the community radio stations’ meetings, through the use of RootIO, can support the achievement of these goals. First, this operation puts the focus on the importance of transparent assembly decision-making processes that can be heard by all the community. Second, the opportunity to intervene during the assemblies through a simple phone call increases the possibility of people’s inclusion in the discussion arena.