The first ICT-KM Knowledge Sharing Workshop was in the Spring of 2008 online and at the ILRI Campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. FAO joined the ICT-KM Program of the CGIAR to hold the second knowledge sharing workshop online and at Bioversity International Headquarters outside of Rome in the Fall of 2008. You can read all about the past workshops, including evaluation information, here.
New and effective knowledge sharing approaches and tools have been developed and proven to strengthen collaboration. Recent possibilities of the “Participatory Web” (sometimes called Web 2.0) open new doors to more inclusive and transparent collaboration for excellence. The ICT-KM Program of the CGIAR and FAO are offering a unique capacity building opportunity to work and learn with colleagues and other partners in an innovative 3-phase action-research-based workshop.
Phase 1 – DISCOVER - 5-week-long online event
Participants are encouraged to explore knowledge-sharing challenges and opportunities, discuss and experiment with possible ways to make the most of face-to-face and virtual collaboration, and explore the crucial role of networks in research projects and institutional settings. The focus is on providing participants enough structure to become engaged, and enough flexibility to meet diverse needs.
Phase 2 – FOCUS - 3 days Face to Face
For those who choose to attend the F2F, they undertake in-depth team work on areas of specific interest identified during Phase 1, and design activities for their work and organizations using various tools and methods. The focus here is application within the context of participants' “real work,” and a chance to experiment and practice with tools and methods in a safe, supportive environment. The agenda is crafted based on the needs expressed in Phase 1. Extensive notes and report outs are captured and shared online for those Phase 1 participants who could not attend. For example, see October 2008 KS Workshop Face to Face Information
Phase 3 – APPLY
On-going post-workshop activity
Using the Phase 1 online space, participants apply the KS principles and methods covered in Phases 1 and 2 to a specific work project with virtual support from peer and facilitator coaches.
“Thank you for this great learning opportunity! I was immediately able to apply it in my work.”
Michael Riggs, Food and Agriculture Organization
“It’s what we, the participants, make of it — contacts, the toolkit, links, and so forth, which are all there for us to pick up and use. That leaves one with a good feeling, like the end of the course is just the beginning.”
Andrea Pape-Christiansen, ICARDA, KS workshop participant
“We have a growing network of boundary partners, and we want to build a community of practice to share experience, knowledge, tools, and other resources with different communities. This course helped me pick up some useful technologies and techniques for facilitating information sharing in a large and diverse network!”
Dady Demby, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa