My first shoot: the “scaling up” silver bullet


2012 offers new opportunities for this blog. One of these opportunities is to blog more often, with (some) shorter posts. At first I thought I’d call these ‘tumblers’, with reference to the great (micro-) blogging platform Tumblr. Instead, I’ll call them ‘shoots’. Because they might be seen like shooting stars, spangling the sky for a short […]

IKM-convergent? Annual programme meeting, Wageningen, day 1


A while back I blogged about the IKM-Emergent programme and its tendency to dispersion. The programme has evolved since then and a number of things are coalescing on this first day of the all-peeps IKM-Emergent  workshop (which brings together the three working groups, but also a number of new guests that are working on issues […]

Gardening in organisations: how to cultivate expertise and make it blossom


It’s almost summer and the nature is at its most luxuriant, even in Holland – so famous for its Dutch summer (rain, rain and more rain). The case of Holland (and by Holland I actually mean what it is: the Western provinces of the Netherlands) is quite interesting because it is an area that has […]

KM4D journal issue on learning, KM and collaboration in the water sector


The call for papers for this issue of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal is closed since 11 May. Thank you for your understanding and feel free to contact the editors’ team to explore other avenues to publish your paper. The December issue of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal is dedicated to effective (and […]

Communicating inside to learn outside?


In justifying a proposal we submitted to a donor supporting learning at IRC, I came to revisit my ideas of internal communication and its link with the learning activities that we carry out or promote as an organisation. In the proposal we submitted, we focus on three levels: internal communication capacities and channels, experiences and […]

A frame to work with learning alliances?


In the week of 20-24 April, IRC will be organising an internal workshop (including a few external participants) on the learning alliance approach. The aim of the workshop is to develop a framework to set up and facilitate a learning alliance process, looking at practical tools and taking into account all the lessons that IRC […]

Sector learning – scouting in the dark


After several discussions internally at IRC, the decision was taken to set up a new discussion group to build upon the recently held ‘sector learning’ workshop (Delft, November 2008 ) where a lot of our partners came to present their resource centre initiative, national information systems or learning alliance approaches. As usual with (nice) workshops, […]

Live and direct from Almada: from KM4DEV to learning4change?


Almada, Portugal. Watching over Lisbon from the other side of the bridge, a group of over 70 people have gathered at the KM4DEV annual event. I am one of them and loving the interaction as usual. This non-event (no formal rules, no death by powerpoint, no stress on formality, no sweat, big fun), the great […]