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Place, people, and the author’s voice: Three key ingredients for storytelling

June 09, 2016 | Blog-Admin1 | Change Stories, Let's Talk Visual, SDC Experiences |

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NadiaSoyolmaa, a great storyteller herself, supported three colleagues from the SDC Cooperation Office in Mongolia to create their very first story. These three short stories demonstrate important key ingredients of making stories: People, place and the author’s voice.

Nadia von Holzen, SDC

 

 

Soyolmaa joined the digital storytelling initiative in the very beginning of 2015 (see how we produced our stories here). She made several stories herself (see two of her stories here and here). Now she has supported three colleagues from the SDC Cooperation Office in Mongolia to create their very first stories. These three short stories demonstrate key ingredients of making stories: place, people, and the author’s voice.

Place

A story does not happen in a void. A story needs a place where it is ‘taking place’, where something is happening. In Enkhjargal’s story, An Old Song, the place plays a crucial role. Her story evolves around one key moment that is strongly linked to this special place – rural Mongolia. It is a moment of deep revelation and insight, in which Enkhjargal, a woman who grew up in the city, reveals how she came to understand cultural diversity as a key element toward sustainable development.

We have to evoke a sense of place where the story is unfolding.
Darcy Alexandra, PhD, Inquiry Media

I always find it hard to explain ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ or ‘Sustainable Development’ in few sentences. I think sustainable development is about caring what is happening around us. So, maybe, by understanding where they belong and who they are, people feel more responsible for the local area and act in a more sustainable way. My story can be an example of it. This story is my personal story that happened in 1996. For me, it was really a turning point in my view of life and a trigger that made me understand who I am and where I belong.
Enkhjargal, SDC Mongolia

The author’s voice

I was immediately touched when I watched the story about the herder woman, Dulmaa. The storyteller, Ts. Enkh-Amgalan, recounts the story of Dulmaa’s struggle to maintain her family as a single mother after the death of her husband. From her unique position, the storyteller makes connections between her experiences and those of Dulmaa. She tells us, “listening to Dulmaa made me think of my own mother who raised four of us on her own.” The author gives us a vivid sense of the value of Dulmaa’s example by concluding, “I take great inspiration from women like Dulmaa. I think they are humbly maintaining the integrity of the nomadic way of livelihood among Mongolian herders.” …

A good story is one you can picture, is one you can feel.
Mark Schenk

For my work, I travel a lot and meet herder men and women. Oftentimes, I encounter and listen to many interesting and inspiring stories told by the herders themselves. The story about B. Dulmaa, a herder woman from a remote village in western Mongolia is one of them. After the death of her husband, Dulmaa confidently and skilfully maintained the integrity of her family livelihood, her 5 children. During the difficult wintering period this year, she made it without losing a single animal while many of her neighbours lost half their livestock.  She was so humble and yet so strong and determined to run her business successfully for the sake of her children. 

Dulma is a member of the Pasture User Group. The Green Gold Project is helping to establish the rangeland use agreement with the local authority. The main purpose of the rangeland use agreement is to protect traditional user rights of nomadic herder families for their rangelands. 

Ts. Enkh-Amgalan, SDC Mongolia

People

Stories need people, as well as dialogue. In Learning by Doing, Burenbayasakh is the main protagonist. She is a veterinarian who takes what she learns in training and applies it in the field to strengthen her learning through practice. Burenbayasakh works with the Animal Health Department in the Gobi-Altai province. The storyteller, Zolzaya tells Burenbayasakh’s story as an example of inspiring practice. She writes,

The Animal Health Project has conducted lots of trainings for medical doctors and veterinarians. Sometimes, it is difficult to measure what trainees apply from the learning. It has been interesting to meet with trainees several years later as they have been using their skills in the field. In 2014, Burenbayasakh attended the two weeks training for medical doctors and veterinarians for collaborative disease control to protect human and animal health. It was so nice to see that Burenbayasakh used her newly gained skills and kept close collaboration with medical doctors long after the training.
Zolzaya, SDC Mongolia

Resources on (digital) storytelling

Anecdote provides fabulous resources and an inspiring blog for storytelling in work-related contexts.
http://www.anecdote.com/blog/

See also the fabulous platform Transformative Storytelling for Social Change.
An online handbook, a forum for conceptual reflections, practical experiences, and methodological guidance on transformative creative and visual storytelling methods.
http://www.transformativestory.org/

Dare to facilitate

May 25, 2016 | Blog-Admin1 | Change Stories, Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |

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Nadia

Facilitation is (also) a question of confidence, of daring to “stand there” and to be the facilitator. But first facilitation is a question of good preparation and of getting the 3 Ps clear: purpose, people and process. The key task of a facilitator is helping the organisers to clarify the purpose of the workshop, to understand people’s needs and questions, and to design a good process that is interactive, relevant and meaningful. 

Nadia von Holzen, SDC 

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Physical Design of Space to Support Learning

May 18, 2016 | Leonie Pock | Methods & Tools |

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Polona SirnikJana Repanšek_smallLearning being in the center of our work, we are constantly thinking of innovative ways to   bring it to the next level. Based on our substantial study of theories of learning and change, we about a year ago decided to devote our attention to the question of how physical design of the environment supports learning. We have teamed up with an architect to help us translate our understanding of learning into the physical design of our lobby that became an important part of our learning space.

By Polona Sirnik and Jana Repanšek, Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF)

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What does it need to pick up a story and to share it?

May 11, 2016 | Blog-Admin1 | Change Stories, Let's Talk Visual |

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NadiaIn a work related context sharing stories happens spontaneously during coffee breaks. But what about more formal settings? Picking up a story during a meeting feels different; we hesitate, think twice, we don’t remember the stories and in the end the story disappears: we share our opinion and make statements. So what does it need to pick up a story? There are two essential conditions for storytelling: first, the belief that stories are valuable and can make a difference; and secondly the opportunity to remember and to share a story.

Nadia von Holzen, SDC

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Kanban – an amazing technique to get a grip on your work

April 26, 2016 | Leonie Pock | Methods & Tools |

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nadjaschnetzler_1321302641_63Kanban is a Japanese word which signifies «visual signal». In the industry, for instance in car production kanbans are used to singnalize important information in the workflow: When do I need to reorder materials, for instance. The idea of kanban has spread to other industries in the last 15 years. Two pioneers of kanban in knowledge work are David Anderson and Jim Benson. They started using kanban to optimize the flow of work for individuals, teams or whole organisations. If you are interested in their work, you can read «Personal Kanban» by Jim Benson and Tonianne de Maria Barry or «Kanban – successful evolutionary change for your organisaton» by David Anderson. Using kanban for your own individual work is fairly straightforward and easy. What is demanding is to keep using it and evolving with it. 

By Nadja Schnetzler

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Are you preparing social reporting for your next face-to-face meeting? Here are 6 points to remember

March 09, 2016 | Leonie Pock | Methods & Tools, SDC Networks |

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Nadia von HolzenThe idea behind social reporting during a learning event is not only to jointly produce a report and reach out to a wider audience. The beauty of social reporting is that it adds an additional layer of reflection to the workshop conversation. This blog post gives some tips how to include participants and how to make the task of the social reporting team doable and meaningful. The most important of the 6 tips is: Prepare what you can prepare and be flexible at the workshop.

Nadia von Holzen, SDC

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Joint Learning on Pastoralism – a process of experience capitalization among SDC Programme Officers

March 03, 2016 | Leonie Pock | Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences |

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Manuel Flury SDC Programme Officers of West Africa and the Horn of Africa engaged in a joint learning process on pastoralism. In a series of meetings they collected, synthesized and exchanged experiences in eight key topics of this area. Manuel Flury and Charlotte Nager take a step back and reflect about the added value and the limitations of such an experience capitalization process.

By Manuel Flury, SDC, Addis Ababa and Charlotte Nager, SDC, Berne

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The Story behind the Story

February 24, 2016 | Leonie Pock | Methods & Tools |

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_I0A2470 (Large)Behind each story there is another story. Our stories are connected. So is the story about the Mongolian herders connected with Udval, a young leader supporting herder communities in Western Mongolia. Udval uses participatory video to give the herders voice and to support their sharing and learning. Soyolmaa Dolgor, communication specialist working for SDC Mongolia, travelled with Udval to Tsetseg soum, Khovd province to document her meeting with the herders’ community.

Soyolmaa Dolgor, SDC Mongolia

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Playing the Cupid’s Role: Creating Connections for Collaboration

February 18, 2016 | Leonie Pock | SDC Experiences, SDC Networks |

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Alfonso Team LAlfonso Flores is a networker. He definitely has a networked mindset when he has the idea to connect his Latin America team with the Learning & Networking team based in Switzerland. After having participated in the digital storytelling workshop organized by the Learning & Networking team, his aim is to bring not only the idea of short digital stories back to his colleagues, he also wants to connect them with the Swiss team. To do so he asks the Learning & Networking team members to explain their services in short video statements. And what he shares back to the Swiss team is this blog post.

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The power to share, learn and cooperate in networks – el poder de trabajar en red

February 03, 2016 | Blog-Admin1 | SDC Experiences, SDC Networks |

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MariCarmen AlarconIn 2008 Maria del Carmen Alarcón Lizón started working as communication specialist with the SDC Cooperation Office in Bolivia. Over these years the communication approach within SDC Latin America has evolved from diffusion of information to a more integrative and participatory approach putting communication in the service of programmes and projects. An essential factor in this shift to communication for development (C4D) was sharing and learning among the communication practioners in SDC, for example in the communication network Redcolatina. A manual named “Comunicación para el Desarrollo – Una guía práctica” is the tangible result of this cooperation. 

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Reality check of knowledge sharing and networking in a project team

January 28, 2016 | Blog-Admin1 | Learning Elsewhere |

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Carsten Schulz

The end of an assignment offers a great opportunity for reflection.  Carsten Schulz shares some of his “take away points” as Team Leader with Georgian experts in a market systems development project. He underlines the importance of creating, using and sharing knowledge in a project context. “Knowledge is like a garden: if it’s not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.” A sharing and learning culture needs to be cultivated and cared for by the leader and requires action and engagement of all team members.

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Going digital – a new experience of sharing your story

January 20, 2016 | Blog-Admin1 | Change Stories, Let's Talk Visual, SDC Experiences |

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Thinley ChenzomThinley Chenzom, Social Events Manager at the Swiss Cooperation Office in Bhutan, gained a new experience by creating digital stories. She inspired her team to create digital stories for the annual report. This idea resulted into several 3’ stories.

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Documenting the process: The long road to a good story

December 23, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences, SDC Networks |

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Hynek X-masThis post tells the story of documenting a learning process. The initiative to systematize experiences in the area of pastoralism was launched in collaboration with the Agriculture and Food Security network. The Learning & Networking team decided to document exactly this process. Two ‘reporters’, Charlotte Nager and Hynek Bures, joined the workshop in Kenia, where around 20 people gathered to learn from each others’ experiences in the field of pastoralism. While the participants were involved in thematic thinking the two ‘reporters’ added an additional layer of reflection. This challenging endeavor will hopefully inspire future stories about learning.

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Where to use videos in your work – some ideas

December 09, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Let's Talk Visual |

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Hynek Bures neu

Picking up the smartphone and recording a sparkling idea from the workshop is not unusual anymore in SDC. 213 videos have been uploaded to the SDC YouTube channel, this year only. That is why the next step needs some attention: How to use the new tool of expression and the videos produced in the work. This is a question of smartly combining the various communication channels: videos, PowerPoint slides, written reports, oral stories.

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Creative Facilitation – an inspiring book for facilitators

November 18, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Methods & Tools |

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Nadia

The new facilitation book by Viv McWaters and Johnnie Moore for designing and conducting inspiring and creative meetings is available online. It is a book about the art of facilitation. The book is an invitation to reflect our role and our understanding as facilitators. It is not a book about techniques; it is a book about BEING the facilitator.

By Nadia von Holzen, SDC

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Creating a digital story is deep learning

November 11, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Change Stories, Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |

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AlfonsoNadiaThe beauty of digital storytelling is that the results are not only visible but also shareable. The beauty is also that the process of creating stories within a 3-days workshop triggers deep reflection and learning for the each storyteller.  

Alfonso Flores, communication specialist working for SDC’s Water and Sanitation programme in Central America shares his personal learning experience.

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Need to explain a project? Why not use a story!

October 21, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Let's Talk Visual |

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NadiaIn our work we are confronted with many issues. Some are easy to explain, others need more words. A good way forward is sharing a story. Stories have the force to illustrate complex issues naturally. The images and voices you have in your mind make our sharing and learning more concrete, lively and contextual than a report can do.

Nadia von Holzen, SDC

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Input planned – speaker invited? Go for an interview!

October 14, 2015 | Carmen Eckert | Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences |

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There are alternatives to the over-used format of PowerPoint presentation followed by Q&A and discussion. Making an interview with the (guest) speaker is an interesting and easy to realize option. All it needs is curiosity and openness from the side of the interviewer and interviewee; and a bit of preparation.

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Sharing knowledge and experiences: create events that inspire and set free energy for work

October 07, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Methods & Tools |

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My personal social media storyLet’s create learning events that really generate motivation and impulses for our work! This blog post suggests three approaches how to plan for more inspiring and powerful events: ask more than you tell; inquire one case deeply; and make it a learning experience for all senses.

Corinne Sprecher, Agridea

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How to make 1-minute video statements with your smartphone – Part 3: Edit and share

September 30, 2015 | Carmen Eckert | Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |

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Hynek Bures neu

Do you want your message to have an influence? Share it! Here is how:

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How to make sense in a complex environment

September 23, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Methods & Tools |

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During a 4 days-training, Dave Snowden, the founder of Cognitive Edge, introduced his audience to the challenges, risks and opportunities of working in complex environments. With the Cynefin-framework he proposes a tool to get a better understanding of the working environment and the appropriate strategies in order to be effective. Collecting stories from all the involved stakeholders is in his view the only way for making sense.

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How to make 1-minute video statements with your smartphone – Part 2: Record your message

September 16, 2015 | Carmen Eckert | Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |

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Hynek Bures neu

When you have drafted a concise statement and you want to pass your message in an effective way, record it on video! You can do that simply with your smartphone. Here is how…

Hynek Bures, dubbed perceptions

 

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How to make 1-minute video statements with your smartphone – Part 1: Draft your statement

September 09, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |

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Hynek Bures neu

Would you like to use your smartphone to record videos and share them with your colleagues? 

Hynek Bures, dubbed perceptions

 

 

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Why Do We Love Digital Storytelling?

September 02, 2015 | Carmen Eckert | Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |

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It can move mountains, it is creative, it touches the heart… all of this makes digital storytelling valuable for the participants of the second storytelling workshop at the SDC.

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Learning together – what it needs and what it means

August 26, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools |

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Nadia von HolzenBringing together 95 learning practitioners does not provide a guarantee to joint learning nor community forming. Learning together needs space for joint inquiry and deliberation. Learning together needs true and deep conversations. Conversations are connecting and connections are the condition for deep conversations.

 Nadia von Holzen, SDC
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