Next week the Knowledge Sharing project will start its Pilot Project Inception Workshop. The 9 pilot project coordinators will meet at IRRI HQ with the Knowledge Sharing project leaders. Enrica Porcari will join us and we get support with documentation by Mary Schneider. Boru Douthwaite from CIAT will be our main workshop facilitator, and guide us through the Impact Pathway methodology. The KS team hopes to achieve the following:
- Discuss and learn as a group about knowledge sharing, at an institutional and research level, its role and value, and how to practice it.
- Design the pilot projects: objectives, process, expertise, resources, timeline
- Come together to foster a team of pilot project leaders who will share their findings and experience throughout the process.
Organizing the workshop is quite a logistical on-line challenge: The workshop will take place in IRRI, Nadia is based in Ethiopia, I am working from Colombia, Enrica and Jenin are based in Rome… We are using a wiki, which was so far of great help, and we are using skype to talk and chat. We also use a Dgroup to get in touch with the participants, and assure that everybody knows who is who. My hope is that the participants don’t feel overwhelmed by the messages to the Dgroup, and the preparative work that we asked them to do.
I am looking forward to this event and to meet new CG colleagues!