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New publication: Learning to share knowledge for global agricultural progress

In 2008 the ICT-KM Program’s Institutional Knowledge Sharing project led by CIAT undertook the design and delivery of a series of successful knowledge sharing workshops.

Together with Nancy White, we conceptualized a 3 phase event (online, face-to-face, online) with the ambition to help CGIAR and partner staff to reflect, learn and practice knowledge sharing principles, methods and tools. A group of participants of the very first edition of this workshop wrote this paper in order to document, share and analyses the experience.

KS workshop participants

Publishing in a peer reviewed journal was an experience in itself and new for the most of us. On a private wiki space, each of the authors drafted their chapters and a journalist and science writer, Gerry Toomey, did the overall editing. Well, this was the easy part of the exercise. The back and forth with the journal and the discussion on copyright issues however made us aware of the long process related to peer-review publishing. While we were debating during and after the workshop the pros of blogging and instant sharing of resources, learnings and information as a way of strengthening the research and development process and its communities, the journal experience required a completely different practice.

All of us have continued our carriers in strong connection with knowledge sharing. And almost two year later we are proud and relieved :-) to see the publication online.

Learning to share knowledge for global agricultural progress

Simone Staiger-Rivas, Alessandra Galie, Bernhard Hack, Maria Alexandra Jorge, Vanessa Meadu, Florencia Tateossian, Gauri Salokhe, Nancy White   Email author(s)

International Journal of Web Based Communities 2010 – Vol. 6, No.2  pp. 209 – 226

Web 2.0 tools combined with face-to-face methods offer new opportunities for better knowledge sharing across disciplines, languages and borders. This article comprises an overview and case studies – the personal accounts of six participants and one facilitator of a 2008 Workshop on Knowledge Sharing, sponsored by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. It lays out the rationale for, and lessons learned from, those efforts, as well as from a second workshop hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It explains why, in today’s culture of self-directed learning, group experiences remain essential. The authors describe their learning trajectories and application of knowledge sharing tools and methods in their work.

Download and read the full article in the final galley version.