6 Questions to Yonas Mekonen

May 15, 2012 | LND | SDC Networks |


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Yonas MekonenIn our interview series “6 questions to…” we ask people from in and around SDC and the KM world the same 6 questions. Our goal is to offer insights into different working methods, different ways of looking at individual and institutional learning, and different ideas and opinions on how to make organizations more efficient… And, along the way, to hear interesting stories and experiences our interviewees have in store!

Today: Yonas Mekkonen, Intern, Global Programme Food Security, SDC Berne.

Which of your tasks do you consider to be most effective? What makes you efficient in these tasks?
I am passionate about learning. As a starting point, I believe to perform best when assigned tasks include a learning component. Clear and centralized weekly planning proves to be key. One last thing that helps me a lot is to categorize tasks in order to prioritize the most urgent ones.

What part of your work would you like to reduce? What would you like to spend more time with?
I must say that until now, I haven’t really faced tasks which I strongly wanted to reduce. However, I would like to have more uninterrupted time dedicated to knowledge building on certain key development issues pertaining to my work.

What practice or tool for exchanging information and experiences with colleagues would you recommend to others?
A blog is certainly an easy and friendly way to exchange.  Moreover and although I have never used it myself, cloud messaging, as a service which enables employees to securely exchange and transfer data seems to be a promising option, too.

What does organizational learning mean to you, in your organization?
Organisational learning means different things for different work contexts. For SDC, an organisation whose biggest assets are its human resources, it is necessary to find ways in which past experiences are passed on to the new generations. Speaking for my own chapel, establishing mentorship between senior staff and junior staff, on a regular basis, could in the long run, prove itself to be really valuable.

What would you change about the organization you work for to make it more effective?
I would lighten processes leading to concrete strategic decisions. In addition, I would empower thematic network which could, if adequately resourced, played a key role both internally (i.e. building common positioning) and externally (i.e. policy influencing). Finally, I would make sure a conducive environment is in place at every level that allows every single employee potential to be exploited.

Which article, video or website that impressed or surprised you recently would you recommend the blog readers to look at?
I recently downloaded the Evernote application on my smart phone. This software allows you to take note and archive them. “Notes” can be formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Once classified, notes can be tagged, annoted, edited, commented and exported in a noteboook. The Evernote newsletter ( is an excellent way to learn more about the far reaching possibilities such an apparent simple app permits. Recently, I was astonished to discover how some entrepreneurs transform it into their main work instruments, centralizing all needed information on Evernote to run their business.

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