NEWS October 2011

October 18, 2011 | LND | Methods & Tools |


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New faces in the L&N Team

The SDC Learning & Networking Section has undergone substantial crew change. The longstanding knowledge management specialists Adrian Gnägi and Manuel Flury left the SDC headquarter to take up new challenges abroad. While Adrian Gnägi now resides in Vientiane working as an SDC advisor for quality management in the Mekong region, Manuel Flury is deploying his expertise as a programme manager for food security at the Cooperation Office in Addis Ababa. The two of them will continue to contribute to our blog enriching our field of vision with the perspective of an operational unit.
New head of the Learning and Networking section is Manuel Etter, former country director at the Cooperation Office in Kiew, Ukraine. Continuity in the core team is ensured by Michèle Marin, programme officer for knowledge and learning processes, as well as Dominique Hempel Rodas for Capacitiy Development. The blog administration and publishing tasks are signed Nadia Lanfranchi, the new trainee in the team. We are keen to advance the established services of our section and to break fresh ground.



Visual Facilitation

Reto Wieser and Michèle Marin have participated at the Informal Meeting of Development Organisations on Knowledge Management in Bonn, Germany. An inspiring aspect of this ecounter has been a special form of protocolling the meeting. A professional visual facilitator of captured the main statements by real-time visualisation, adopting a specially developed text-to-picture language. The images below are the stunning synopsis of presentations or group discussions held at the encounter.
Real-time visualisation is applicable to presentations, as well as discussions.  In case of  break out groups a “messenger” is designated to report key elements to the graphic facilitator: This allows participants to fully concentrate on contents.

To learn more about real-time visualisation visit The International Forum of Visual Practitioners Website or go to The Center for Graphic Facilitation.
Got the bug? Attend a course or order a book and dip into the world of visual facilitation.


Video Production

Video production courseFilms are an attractive medium to communicate with a large audience. Morevore, first experiences with video testimonials proved their applicability to SDC-specific tasks. Video production has a promising potential in the area of Social Reporting, exchange of experiences, as well as knowledge securing. Furthermore, new technical developments render video production and editing as well as diffusion accessible to everyone.
Are you interested in learning to share your experiences and events by video?  The upcoming inhouse-training is your opportunity! The free three day course provides you with the necessary knowhow on a “hands on” learning-by-doing bases.  Registration until November 1st.
Find more information on that training here.


Comments to“NEWS October 2011”

  1. Babette Pfander says:

    The inhouse-training sounds very tempting…
    … could there be made exceptions, also allowing for outsiders to participate?

    would be interesting to hear more,
    best wishes
    Babette, Swiss Red Cross

  2. Nadia Lanfranchi says:

    Dear Babette

    Yes indeed, exceptions are made for partner institutions of the SDC.
    So don’t hesitate to contact Hynek Bures ( for registration.

    Best wishes
    Nadia Lanfranchi, SDC Learning & Networking Team


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