Alignment and authenticity


This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time. I alluded to it in ‘Radical ideals and fluffy bunnies’ and in ‘Using dissent as a driver’ but not head-on. Here is a shoot that I hope will settle this matter for a while, for me at least, but I hope it […]

The chemistry of magical facilitation (1) – mind the BOSSY HERALD


I had mentioned that I would sooner or later set my blogging foot again on facilitation island and would seek the island’s treasure trove to trace the original chemistry that makes magical facilitation happen. Well, I guess I’ve just landed on the island and am now on my way to find the trove. This journey will […]

Net added value in an event: networkshops and the power of contextual webs


I’m going to preach against my chapel here: Is there actually much of a point to design workshops to get the best user experience? It seems obvious from various studies and own experience that unless a workshop (or event) is embedded in someone’s own context (see this brilliant IDS report on capacity for a change […]

Stop taking hostages! The ills of poor event design and facilitation


Since there will be a lot of event facilitation for me to do at ILRI, it is likely that I blog more about it in the coming months. It makes sense after all, since productive conversations (and learning) are central to my understanding of knowledge management, and well-designed events generate truly productive conversations. Badly designed […]

A tiny little bowl full of talking fish – A ShareFair “day 0” session


So we’re back to day 0 right? And back to fishbowl? I hope this time I’ll make a better job at giving the context and gist of a fishbowl than when I did itfor the AgShareFair.   But this time the situation’s tough: it’s only the five of us. Perhaps Etienne Wenger’s excellent introductory session […]

Except in KM, accepting KM


Last Friday I gave a spontaneous (read: non annually planned, unofficial) KM/Learning and identity workshop for the amazing networked organisation Except (Integrated Sustainability consultancy) founded by my mate Tom Bosschaert. Except is one of those few very modern coming-of-age-like companies with a core staff of 7-8 people and 50 associates satelliting and scintillating around, getting […]

Rethinking facilitation and engagement


Time to sharpen my skills! And get to do what I like doing best: dreaming up creative solutions! Since I will have to facilitate a lot of events in my upcoming function, it is a good time to think about workshop facilitation methods and approaches I have been using and might want to make use […]

Share Fair Addis: Fishbowl and fishbowl battle


O(h) now I know how to use the Fishbowl  methodology in another way. The Addis Ababa AgKnowledge Africa ShareFair (1) has just started and on this day 0 (2), a host of training sessions have been organised. Together with the KM4Dev group (Charles Dhewa, Gauri Salokhe, Roxana Samii, Pete Cranston) I am fighting for a […]

Using dissent as a driver


These days it’s difficult to get away from the Twittermania, but I will refrain from doing so on this post and go against the stream, perhaps indirectly proving the point of dissent as a driver. So what about dissent? Why do I want to talk about this? It started all with some simple ideas about […]