Flap your wings for the ‘butterfly revolution’ of learning and change


A simple idea: change yourself and you might see entire systems transform. Aren’t we all butterflies fluttering our wings somewhere and causing tsunamis on the other side of the world? We are connected, and global change starts with individual change. Or perhaps it doesn’t, but what is certain is that without individual change we won’t […]

How to navigate complexity in M&E and where KM can help


What’s happening in the world of monitoring and evaluation? How is complexity – the thinking and the reality – affecting it, highlighting gaps and creating opportunities? What can KM help to do about this? Here are some of the questions that this Prezi addresses. I’ll be presenting this in the course of next week at […]

Power your communication with ‘KM inside’


Where to nestle knowledge management in the work place? Is it a field or discipline that deserves a unit in its own right – with its own breed of specialists (the knowledge manager) – or is it a mainstream support function that shoulders every other process? The answer differs in every organisation. In many cases, knowledge […]

Dotty dotted communication – can we avoid this please?


Sometimes, the best example one can offer is a counter-example. My colleague and boss Peter Ballantyne recently proved this point when sharing a presentation, and later a blog post, about what communication in a (research) project could and should look like – and what NOT. The presentation depicted the general direction of communication and engagement […]

Putting learning loops and cycles in practice


On this blog, among the (by far) most successful posts are two posts about a) learning loops and cycles and b) a stock-taking post on learning cycles. This success might not even be founded as much on the quality of the posts as on the relative interest of many people for single-, double- and triple-learning […]

Communication, KM, monitoring, learning – The happy families of engagement


Many people seem to be struggling to understand the differences between communication, knowledge management, monitoring, learning etc. Let’s consider that all of them are part of a vast family – the ‘engagement’ family. Oh, let’s be clear, engagement can happen in many other ways but for the  sake of simplicity, let’s focus on these four […]

A simple KM and communication strategy… with double focus on the context


A lot of KM strategies end up in the dustbin. Or in the cemetery of good ideas that never took off. There are many reasons for that, explored and explained ad infinitum in the KM world. I’d like to zoom in on two of them though: From the inside, the KM strategy may be disconnected […]

What is good in a project?


Where to start again on this blog after such a long interruption? Not with a digression (*) straight away! Anyways, I’ll start again with a question that has been tickling me for a long time: What are the good parts of a project to keep and use? Development, oops rather aid (i.e. donor-driven development) is […]

What is learning?


Time for new stuff!!! Ah, love the learning! After over three weeks hectic weeks that kept me away from blogging, I’m happy to finally be back on the (WordPress) dashboard to share some recent work. And the biggest item on a long list of ‘to blog’ is this presentation that I just prepared about learning. […]

The power of three learning approaches and their combination? Capitalising, systematising, documenting processes and experiences


Working with partners in Francophone West Africa always feels to me as a refreshing experience – except perhaps in a meteorological sense. It puts the concepts, approaches and tools we play with from my IRC base in the Netherlands in stark contrast with the local reality on the technological, conceptual and linguistic side of things. […]