ICT-KM of the CGIAR

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Author: Nadia Manning-Thomas

Helping us learn: Participants give feedback on Day 0

Day ‘Oh now I know how to…‘ (Day 0)- the learning and training day of the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 18th October 2010, is now over and done, but we hope the learning that started there isn’t. And while we hope that the participants are learning, experiencing, using and…

Making ag knowledge travel: Travel tips from the Share Fair

“Sometimes I liken my job to being a travel agent“, I shared in my interview in the new Growing Talents: Young Voices in Agriculture series when asked about my work on ‘making ag knowledge travel’. But why the analogy of travel? “The knowledge that exists within various institutions, people and places often stays within the…

‘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…

African ‘carrots': Results of a consultation at the African Agriculture Science Week

On 5th July 2010, I posted a blog entitled “How to motivate more knowledge sharing in research: using the carrot or the stick?” to explore what makes or would make researchers and research projects share their agricultural research knowledge. This received some interesting responses. This discussion was initiated as part of the ongoing work of two related…

How to motivate more knowledge sharing in research: using the carrot or the stick?

As the CGIAR moves ahead with its change process, it is continuously being told that it needs to do a better job at sharing its vast wealth of research-generated knowledge, so that this knowledge can be applied to solving real problems. While the publications written-the major output of most projects- are a key source of high quality information these…

Sharing project outcomes using a “cattle corral”(FishBowl) approach: What’s in a name?

Knowledge sharing tools and methods come in all shapes and sizes, and with some very interesting names often too. Many can be found on the  Knowledge Sharing Toolkit. Have you ever heard of a Samoan circle, brown bag lunch, world cafe, chat show, DeBono’s six thinking hats, icebreakers, knowledge expeditions, open space, round robin or…

Part 2 – My first back-to-office blog: ‘AAGW and CIARD- a match made in space!”

So in this second part of the blog about back-to-office blogs, I am actually writing a back-to-office blog about my recent trip to Nairobi, Kenya to work on the 2nd Africa Agriculture Geospatial Week (AAGW10), held on the ILRI Campus from 8th-11th June 2010. In my blog post about re-joining the CGIAR ICT-KM program, I…