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Archive for August, 2010

Multi-point Videoconferencing Gateway (#4 CGIAR Strategic Technologies Series)

Over the years, videoconferencing has evolved from a bandwidth-consuming unreliable technology to one that consumes less bandwidth and is much more stable. Video has become more and more utilized as bandwidth has increased and prices have come down. As part of the Strategic Technologies for the CGIAR in 2010, Multi-point videoconferencing gateway ranked 4th place.…

Wanted: Social Media Fanatics

It is great and surprising to see how a good thing, born out of enthusiasm, can take off and start leading a life of its own… I am sure the team organising the Rome Share Fair back in January last year, had no idea where they were going to end up… How the concept, the…

Why communication and knowledge sharing in our Megaprograms?

As new  Megaprograms were being finalized, research defined, new partnerships forged for a new more impactful agriculture research agenda… as the  texture, the vital structure of the new CGIAR  was being defined it became apparent that communication and knowledge sharing related issues were “missing in action”…. but not everywhere… signs that there was a growing…

“AgKnowledge Africa”: focus on agriculture and climate change, land, livestock, and water – register NOW!

Join us in Addis Ababa on 18-21  October 2010 for  ‘AgKnowledge Africa’ Share Fair : a new event  to  showcase the ways agricultural and rural knowledge in and of Africa is created, shared, communicated, and put to use. Like the 2009 edition in Rome, and the recent edition in Cali, this event will be a ‘fair’…

‘Insuring’ appropriate delivery mechanisms: Facilitating sharing at IBLI project workshop

On July 12th 2010, an innovative new project hosted at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) held a one day workshop on ‘developing index-based livestock insurance to reduce vulnerability due to drought-related livestock deaths’. The project –Index-Based Livestock Insurance-,  better known as IBLI, has been operating in Kenya already and is now looking to expand its activities into Ethiopia. The objectives…

A picture is worth a thousand words: My experimentation with graphic facilitation

They say  “a picture is worth a thousand words” and I have always been intrigued by pictures, images and visuals and their production as tools for knowledge sharing and learning. The field of ‘graphic facilitation’-in which the creation of graphics are a key part of the facilitation process- is a growing field. According to the…