ICT-KM of the CGIAR

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Author: Meena Arivananthan

Social Networks: friend or foe? (#4 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

It would be hard to use the Internet and not come across a slew of social networking sites. Facebook, MySpace…these are just two of the popular sites that regular Internet aficionados use to keep in touch with family and friends and/or meet new people. Social networking sites allow users to create their own personal virtual…

Blogging for impact (#2 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

In the online publishing world, blogs seem to have taken off like wildfire. While the blog may have humble beginnings as a personal journal, it has transformed into a powerful tool for communicating online.   Not too long ago, research ideas were written in closely guarded notebooks, discussed in hushed tones over coffee and within…

Twitter as a fundraising vehicle?

Over the weekend, a popular film actor, Hugh Jackman (of X-Men fame), posted an interesting challenge to charitable organizations. He pledged to give USD 100,000 to anyone who could convince him as to why their charity deserved the money. But wait, there’s a catch. The person would have to use Twitter! Twitter, a microblogging service, allows users to write…

Microblogging (#1 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

Microblogging is a form of blogging based on short posts. A real-time communication platform, microblogs are short, tight snippets of information that tell others what you’re doing, where you’re going or even how you’re feeling at any given moment. In a social context, you could essentially be keeping tabs on your friends’ activities and vice…

Coming soon: Blog series on social media tools

Twitter, Yammer, Social bookmarking, Facebook…facewhat?…are you feeling overwhelmed?  Well not to worry. Fresh from the Online Social Media Workshop that kicked off early this month, ICT-KM is ensuring that the wealth of knowledge generated is distilled into golden nuggets that are bound to keep you coming back for more. The workshop featured discussions on several Social Media tools (yes that’s…

Speed Dating at WorldFish

When the Business Development and Communications Division (BDCD) of the WorldFish Center wanted to introduce new services and tools for knowledge sharing, they decided to pique staff interest with a ‘Speed dating’ session.   Having participated in the recent ShareFair 09, Silvia Renn who works with BDCD and Natural Resources Management in WorldFish was insistent…

Triple-A Benchmarking rolls out

The Triple-A Framework developed by ICT-KM seeks to assist CGIAR Centers/ Programs and their scientists decide on the level of availability and accessibility they want for their research outputs, and also the pathways to get there. For that to happen, ICT-KM is benchmarking the outputs of  selected Centers against measures of availability and accessibility. The Centers that have been quick to sign up for this…

Facilitation buzz

After a mad dash through the Colosseo to get into FAO this morning, I barely have time to acknowledge that this will probably be the last time I use this route for this week anyway – Sharefair 09 ends today. On that note, my first task is to facilitate discussions on ‘Assessment Methodologies and Learning for Policy-making’. A quick check-in with the FAO presenters…

Keeping Institutional Memory Pt1

What a morning?! The plan was to catch the GoogleApps session–but they ran out of space. Quelle suprise.. So that’s how I zoomed in on  “Keeping Institutional Memory (Pt 1)”. And what a great idea that was! Using the Fishbowl technique of having a group sitting in a circle in the middle of the room and others sitting outside,…

Video in knowledge sharing

Videos are all the rage at the ShareFair 09. So it was an interesting experience facilitating a Video Presentation this afternoon. Three colourful videos that tell stories about innovation (Karim Hussein, Caroline Bidault and Chiara Calvosa from IFAD), best practices (Stefano Gavotti from FAO)  and traditional knowledge (Frank Bertelmann from GTZ Bolivia with IFAD). Participants were engaged even though one…