ICT-KM of the CGIAR

Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Author: Mary Schneider

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…