During its 3rd Global Knowledge Conference (GK3), to be held in December 2007, and entitled “Emerging People, Emerging Markets, Emerging Technologies, the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) will explore concrete solutions and possibilities within the interplay, interface and interweaving of issues related to the Knowledge for Development (K4D) and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) in the context of our globally evolving societies, economies and technologies worldwide
As part of GK3, a variety of online interactions and online events are engaging a broader audience. If you would like to join the discussion lists, have a look at: http://www.gk3onlineinteractions.net/. The current discussion is on Organizing Interactive and Participatory Sessions, an issue very close to the heart of the knowledge sharing project. Here is an interesting post from a participant, Veronica Cretu, President of the “CMB” Training Center (NGO, www.cmb.md).
“From my almost 10 years of experience in designing/organizing sessions as well as conducting training programs, I want to share the Basic Principles hat after me, contribute essentially to a successful participatory session(compared to traditional formats of the sessions):
1. Adults have a rich life experience and they know many things – building or developing further on their knowledge and experience is a more efficient way rather than a training or session based on the fact/assumption that adults do not know anything.
2. Learning by doing is more efficient than a lecture. It has been proven/demonstrated that people memorize only 10% of what they are told, 20% of what they are told and shown, and over 50% from what they try to do by themselves.
3. Learning is more efficient when it is based on a real situation, or a real experiences rather than being based only on theories without real practical application;
4. All the participants participate equally in the training/session process – thus, they contribute to their own learning as well as to the learning of their colleagues.
5. Every participant is responsible for the success and efficiency of the training/session program – everyone has the possibility to share his/her points of views vis-à-vis the issues tackled/discussed in order to increase the program efficiency.
If these principles are implemented/followed, the sessions are much more interesting, participative, opened, fun, and at the end of the day, you feel reat with the results achieved:)!