Introduction to the Toolkit

Why a knowledge sharing toolkit?

This toolkit has been developed by the ICT-KM Program, a former Program of the CGIAR, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). It is a living knowledge repository about knowledge sharing. We created it to be a resource both for KS workshops and as an ongoing place to learn about, improve upon and generally share our knowledge sharing practices. There are other KS toolkits out in the world - many of them listed in our acknowledgments. Most of them, however, are static - not updated. We wanted to provide a place where we can share our practices in an on-going manner. So we invite you to improve upon any of the entries, leave your name and contact information if you can be a resource on a tool or method, and share stories (both success and "uh-oh - failure" types) of these methods and tools in use. Let's help each other.

How the toolkit is organized

The toolkit has three main pieces. Two "libraries" one for methods and one for tools that can be used for knowledge sharing, and a set of perspectives and guidance that can help you choose tools and methods for your needs and contexts. This "choosing bit" is an experiment. We are hoping that many people will help identify what is useful to them and from that, develop some patterns that help in the choosing process.

What we mean by "tools" and "methods"

By tools, we mean web based software and offline physical tools that can be used with a variety of methods. By methods, we mean group processes that people can use to interact with each other, online or offline. This toolkit has an emphasis on online tools and offline methods, but we hope over time we can include a wide range that work in both or either environment.

Tools and Web 2.0

You may hear a lot about "Web 2.0" - the new generation of tools that make it easier for people to do things with each other online. You may wish to read more about this on the KM4Dev wiki.

How to consider tools and methods to meet your needs

We are creating a number of different ways to view the tools and methods according to your needs and contexts. These views are informed partly from some established frameworks in development, and the rest will come from you, the users of the toolkit. Our intent is to create this flexible framework that can grow as we use the toolkit. To begin, please go to our first iteration - What is Your Context?

How can you participate

Want to help support the Toolkit? The ICT-KM program of the CGIAR, FAO and KM4Dev invite individuals and organizations to join us in the growth and maintenance of the Toolkit. Here are some opportunities to contribute. If you are interested, please click on the discussion tab above and leave us a message! To begin, see what are the different options available - Support the Toolkit

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