New words for a new world (of networked learning)


A language is a very strong indicator of the vibrancy of its community: if it evolves, it indicates that there are very active elements in the community which push it forward and keep it alive. On the other hand, reactionary forces (like the Académie Française) try to maintain the ‘purity’ of a language. This is […]

Me? A lurker? How ignorant of you! I am an empowered listener!


In our networked world, we hear a lot about ‘lurkers’. The 1% rule  (or 90-9-1 principle) reminds us that in any network or community of practice/interest or just discussion group, 1% of the people actively facilitate, organise and manage the space, 10% actively contribute to it and 90% are ‘lurkers’. It’s time to nail this […]

Social learning in climate change – Of buckets, loops and social LSD?


Last week, I had to facilitate one of the most challenging and interesting workshops in a long time: A very diverse group of researchers, practitioners and donors came together for the workshop organised by the CGIAR program Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The workshop focused on ‘communication and social learning: supporting local decision […]

The wealth of communities of practice – pointers to assess networked value?


The KM4Dev community of practice is going through an intensive action phase, beyond the conversations, as the grant given by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the period 2012-2013 is leading to a number of interesting activities. Among them is a learning and monitoring (L&M) plan which really focuses on learning from all other […]

Believe in empowerment? Then just do it!


A little rant/shoot here. Development work is (IMHO) all about empowerment: finding ways to become fully aware of one’s choices in one’s own livelihood, to become capable to make these choices and to proactively develop this liberty of choice and action so as to continually adapt to ever changing challenges – through learning. Development cooperation […]

The chemistry of magical facilitation (2b) – And play more with the BOSSY HERALD!


In the second part of this second chapter on the chemistry of magical (event) facilitation, I will examine the attendance (the participants), the location and the dynamics of the event, the other three crucial elements to make the HERALD play for you, as well as the matter at hand: the content. Attendance (the participants) The […]