Thursday, February 19, 2015

Introduction training to Knowledge Management (KM) in the Agricultural and Rural Development Sector

From 3 - 7 November, 2014 CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU) organised a five day pilot training on Knowledge Management for development practitioners working in the agricultural and rural development sector. This pilot training was attended by knowledge management practitioners and development practitioners working on agricultural and rural development projects in the ACP (Africa, Carribean and Pacific) countries. The training was conducted by Lucie Lamoureux, trainer/ facilitator and knowledge management expert working with KM4D Associates. This five day training was held in Ede and was closed with a knowledge fair at the CTA Office in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Watch the video: 

The training provides an introduction into Knowledge Management.  Key questions which are answered during the training are;  What is Knowledge Management? What do I already do with KM in my organization and how do I create the proper conditions for having the appropriate cultural environment to do KM?  In addition participants learn a number of tools and methods on how they can initiate and encourage knowledge management in the organisation.  The course is very practical and provides a lot of useful tips and hints.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Knowledge Management for Senior Management in the Agricultural and Rural Development Sector

From 10 - 12 November, 2014 CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU) organised a pilot training in Knowledge Management for Senior Management in the Agricultural and Rural Development Sector. The training was attended by Knowledge Management and project managers and practitioners and experts in knowledge management. The 2 day training was composed of 6 units aiming to expose the participants with the basic concepts and tools of knowledge management. The training was conducted by Jaap Pels and Simon Koolwijk. Watch the video:

The video gives a logical explanation about the theory, the principles and the definition of knowledge management and it explains the process of the two - day training for senior managers. It shows how the senior management gets acquainted with some of the key models in knowledge management and how to relate this to the work in the own organization. During the video the participants comment on how they experienced the exercises and the training as a whole. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Advanced Training Participatory Video August 2014, Ethiopia

From 27th - 29th August, 2014 thirty participatory video facilitators and practitioners attended a three day advanced training in participatory video. The thirty pv facilitators are representing 15 social accountability implementing partners (SAIPs), that are involved in implementing social accountability processes in the sectors of health, education, agriculture, water & sanitation and rural roads in the whole country of Ethiopia. The pv facilitators conducted pv interventions between march and july, 2014. This training gave them the opportunity to share their experiences and update their knowledge on pv, to learn to work with advanced software in video editing and to present the M & E results and to discuss the opportunities and challenges on how to sustain participatory video in their organisation. On the third day of the training, the participatory video oscar reward 2014 was given to the Social Accountability Partner who best applied Pv in helping their community to support the process of change in improvement of service delivery in their community. Watch: 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Results PV Oscar Reward Competition 2014 - Ethiopia

On the 29th August, 2014 the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program Phase 2 (ESAP2) organized the Participatory Video Oscar Reward ceremony in Addis Ababa. Fifteen organisations had submitted each 5 videos for participatory video interventions, they had conducted between March and July, 2014. Five organizations, who were nominated, had to compete prior to the PV Oscar Reward ceremony. Finally the winner was selected and rewarded in the Washington Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In this video some of the participatory video facilitators and a community member comment on how PV impacted and influenced their work. The PV Oscar competition brought some surprising result for them.Watch:

PV supporting community dialogue on improvement health service - 7 steps

The training participatory video, applied in the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program, consists of 7 steps on how participants from social accountability partners learn to apply participatory video for dialogue with the community. The third training took place from 1 - 5 September, 2014 in Hawassa, Ethiopia. The participants inteviewed and involved 7 stakeholder groups in the discussion on the improvement of health care in Meki, Ethiopia. Both user groups and service providers were involved in this participatory process. The training was implemented by a team of participatory video trainers coming from Ethiopia and The Netherlands. Between October and December, 2014 the participants will apply the participatory video in their own workplace and social accountability projects involving their communties. The participatory video training and program is part of the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program Phase 2.  Watch the video:  

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Powerful stories sustain

Good stories sustain. From scientific research it has been proven, that people remember powerful stories best. Especially if stories are true-ish and told with emotion, people do not tend to forget them. In the course ‘Facilitating Storytelling’ held on the 15th April, 2014 participants got acquainted with some major principles on how to tell and share powerful stories. Powerful stories are used for:
  1. Branding/ marketing;
  2. Organizational change;
  3. Knowledge transfer;
  4. Lobby, campaigning and awareness raising;
  5. Games
 An example of a powerful story, you can watch at Specsavers Emergency Drone Delivery:

Through the application of some useful tools, such as the symbol, the river, the Little Red Ridinghood and the Bad Wolf practice was gained on how to develop a powerful story. By the end a stripcartoon was designed visualizing a story about the added value of education.  Read strip cartoon about Education.

The next training on ‘Facilitating Storytelling’ will take place on the 28th October, 2014.  Read more about the course ‘Facilitating Storytelling’. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Participatory Video supporting the dialogue on social accountability – 7 steps

From 9th to 14th February, 2014 Simon Koolwijk conducted a participatory video training for 20 representatives from 10 social accountability implementing partners in the Ethiopian Social Accountability Programme Phase 2 (ESAP2). This program aims to improve the communication and relations between local stakeholders such as local government (Woredas and Kebeles), civil society organisations, local citizens groups and service providers in the areas of health care, agriculture, water & sanitation, education and rural road construction. The process of better communication aims to help to improve the services of service providers (the suppliers) so that citizens needs (the users) are being met. The participatory video was initiated to help to stimulate and support the dialogue on social accountability and the improvement of social services.

In the one week training, participants got the opportunity to apply participatory video in Metehare and Adama City.  In Metehare City they interviewed key stakeholders working on health service improvement in their community.  In Adama City they interviewed key stakeholders in the area of water service delivery.  You can watch the participatory videomaking process in 7 steps.

Another video of this training, produced by one of the local trainers, you can watch the video PV training february 2014 overview.

Currently,  15 social accountability partners from the ESAP2 programme are implementing participatory video in their own social accountability projects.  It is expected that by the end of May, 2014  between 15 and 20 community dialogue meetings will have been conducted where videos have been presented and discussed.  It is ESAPs intention to organize a mini film festival later this year, where experiences and lessons learnt about participatory video will be discussed.  The participatory videos which have already been produced you can watch at the ESAP2 youtube channel  

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Impressions about the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘The Future of Storytelling’

From October to December, 2013 I participated in the MOOC Course ‘The Future of Storytelling’ facilitated by Iversity. Iversity is linked to the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany.
MOOC means a Massive Open Online Course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. The ‘Future of Storytelling’ helped me to get a better insight on:
  1. How fictional stories work;
  2.       How new technologies influence the ways stories are told and perceived;
  3. How technologies engage and audience fast and continuously;
  4.       How I can develop and implement my own story ideas or how I can facilitate storytelling.
Content of the course
The format of the course was very practical.  Every week, I got the opportunity to watch video lectures about storytelling basics,  storytelling on tv, the web and role play games.  Later on I got acquainted with new modern techniques of storytelling such as transmedia storytelling and augmented reality and location-based storytelling.
At the end of each online weekly session, we got the opportunity to do a creative task. One of the assignmens which I liked the most, was to compile a visual story about Aunt Renie visiting an interesting location in one part of the world of the online participants.  You can watch my story at youtube:  Aunt Renie visits the Devils Mountain Forest. Within a period of three weeks, it gained more than 700 hits.

We also created a ‘Nick Name’ person telling and sharing stories through a social medium. I created the ‘Devils Mountain Rust Wat Tree’.  You can read some of the ‘Devils Mountain Rust Wat Tree’ at its Facebook Page   From now on I use the page, to share and add some interesting stories about forests, forest conservation and the Devils Mountain Forest.

I liked the course a lot.  It was structured and every week I had a fixed time I could read and learn more about storytelling and challenge myself to do a creative task. For me as a freelancer, it is an advantage I can do this course in my own time,  at my own rhythm and the creative tasks encouraged me to experiment with some new ways of storytelling.  Through the forum I was inspired to read more about what other participants had produced. What I missed was the face-2-face  teamwork in doing assignments. Somehow, a MOOC should also look into the possibilities on how groups tasks between 2 or 3 participants can be stimulated. 
Conclusion: The online course was fun to do for me!  I am looking forward to any new online course that will match my interest and domains of work.