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Video interview; a simple method summarizing a discussion

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After having an intensive discussion about work and social life as a development professional in Kenya, a young professional from Mensen met een Missie interviewed a senior. Practicing the focused conversation method was one of the practicals of the training facilitation methods, which was organised by the Hendrik Kraemer Institute on the 19th and 21st April, 2011. See video - interview young professional meets senior professional


Participatory video making is on of the participatory methods, which are applied by facilitators. The group becomes the producer of a movie. They do the research, create the scenario, do the filming and finally edit and compile the video. All with the support of a facilitator and a videomaker/ editor. A video interview is one of the most easiest steps in getting acquainted with videomaking. During the training facilitation methods, it appeared that a visual interview is an excellent and simple tool in summarizing a discussion. And therefore videomaking is a…

Organisational development advisors as a biologist

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Organisational development advisors can take more the role promoting the art of a biologist. This is one of the conclusionsI drew in discussions with my colleagues from Nedworc Association and research I conducted the last couple of months about Chimpansee behaviour in organisations.Frans de Waal and Patrick van Veen published a number of books about the similarities between chimpansee communities and organisations. Chimpansees are the animals which are genetically the closest to human beings. Ninety-eight percent of our genes are similar. Chimpansee versus human behaviour Many of our instincts and intuitive decisions as humans can still be related on how chimpansees behave. In a recent television documentary Frans de Waal provides an interesting example. "When I am in a hurry and snatch a place in a parking plot in front of somebody else, I can always give a rational reason why I did that. However in most cases my intuitive behaviour is different. What if the other car had bee…

Outcome Mapping versus Logical Framework Approach

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Since recent years Outcome Mapping has been winning recognition and popularity amongst donors and international development organisations as a new tool for Project Cycle Management. Sofar the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) has been the most applied method for planning, monitoring and evaluating projects. What is Project Cycle Management (PCM)?; What is the Logical Framework? What is Outcome Mapping? PCM, LFA & OM Project Cycle Management (PCM) is a management method introduced by the European Commission (1992) for the identification, formulation (appraisal), implementation and evaluation of projects. It aims at assuring quality through a consistent approach to all phases of the intervention cycle, ensuring beneficiary-orientation (relevance), a comprehensive perspective on interventions (feasibility and sustainability) and effective monitoring and evaluation. (Source: PCM Group)
Both the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) and OM (Outcome Mapping) are tools for doing PCM. Th…

Moldovan youngsters present participatory videos

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"Young people interviewing adults in their community about the life as a youngster...." "I want to become a journalist and go to New York!" - Youngsters share their dreams in a sleigh. "Dancing, taking care of the ecology, cultural festivities" and "A slapstick bringing youngsters together through the mobile telephone...." Four different stories told by video through the perspective of young people. All video's had in common that they were directed, filmed and produced by youth from 4 communities (Ulmu, Vadul Rascov, Cotiujenii Mari and Varnita) showing implicitely and explicitely what they had accomplished during the last 2 years. During the Conference Youth (R)Evolution, discussing the State of the Art of Youth Work in Moldova on the 24 - 25 March, 2011 the videos were presented. See video:



Participatory Videomaking was one of the final training activities during the project 'Youth in the Center' (financed by Matra). The pro…