ICT-KM of the CGIAR

Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Archive for August, 2007

Working together, working better

One of the main efforts of the CIO office is to strengthen collaborative efforts with CGIAR partners. This has translated to participating in conferences to conducting knowledge sharing workshops and sessions. One of the more successful partnerships strengthened has been with the FAO. Main focus of the CGIAR-FAO partnership as lead by the Program focuses…

DAY THREE – A DAY FOR UMBRELLAS

A good workshop agenda should be flexible enough to allow attendees to explore relevant issues in-depth if the majority feel there is a need to do so.  Based on participant feedback, the facilitators shifted the focus of the morning session to enable participants to concentrate on concerns specific to their individual projects.  The two umbrella…

DAY TWO, P.M. – LOOKING AHEAD

After lunch, participants developed another network map to reflect the expected status of their projects 1.5 years hence, showing any new and/or strengthened relationships with the various actors.  Each project leader then had an opportunity to present both maps to the plenary. Once again, peer review played an important role.    Future Network Map  Most…

DAY TWO, A.M. – BRINGING ON THE MODELS

Weather update: Still overcast, with scattered showers predicted throughout the day.   The workshop continued from where it left off yesterday, with project coordinators explaining their problem trees.  Once again, peer review featured largely in this process.  Among other issues, the trees highlighted the plight of Ghanaian people who often fall sick after consuming vegetables…

DAY ONE, P.M. – OF INFOMERCIALS, FEAR OF OPEN SPACES, AND PAYING HOMAGE TO THE GREAT PPT

Infomercials After lunch, Simone, Fiona Chandler and Tonya Schuetz, who had all donned wizard costumes ala Harry Potter, participated in an infomercial that introduced participants to “open spaces”, a tool used to conduct meetings where attendees are responsible for deciding the agenda. Many participants reacted to the bad press they felt PowerPoint presentations were being…

DAY ONE, A.M. – A SINGLE TREE DOESN’T MAKE A FOREST

Dark rain clouds may have hung heavily above IRRI headquarters on the first day of the Knowledge Sharing Inception Workshop, but the climate inside the room was anything but gloomy.  Although many participants had crossed several time zones to get to the Center’s campus at Los Banos in the Philippines, enthusiasm was high, with no…

Inception Workshop starts today!

The leaders of the pilot projects selected as a result of the ICT-KM Knowledge Sharing call for proposal gather today at IRRI headquarters.    The three-day workshop (August 21st – 23rd) provides all project leaders an opportunity to share ideas and knowledge regarding their projects and experiences, in addition to working with project leaders to refine…

Nancy White comes to CIAT

 The one-day workshop on Web-based collaboration was co-sponsored by the Institutional Knowledge Sharing Project and CIAT. The 32 Participants also contributed with a small inscription fee. It was a successful joined effort and we were lucky to be able to catch Nancy on her trip to Colombia where she will also work with the Ministry of Education.…