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Going beyond presentations – what it needs to organize interactive webinars

May 01, 2018 Blog Admin Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Cesar Robles - square - 25 Jan 2018NadiaHaving engaging and interactive webinars that go beyond presentations needs more than technological solutions. It needs people who are curious and interested to use online platforms and the functionalities they provide; who are ready to take the time to plan their presentations in an engaging way. Blending face-to-face events with online solutions is part of Helvetas’ organisational culture thanks to the “Shareday” initiated and supported by the Experts of the Knowledge & Learning team. 

Cesar Robles, Helvetas and Nadia von Holzen, Learning Moments


Organizing engaging webinars – division of roles

February 26, 2018 Natalie Frei Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.8 out of 5


The SDC Learning & Networking team has launched a series of blog posts on how to organise a webinar. After diving into crucial questions that must be clarified like in any face-to-face learning event, this blog post will focus on the division of tasks. Organizing and hosting a webinar needs a team of people focusing on different tasks: the coordinator and facilitator, the technical expert; the chat box facilitator and the presenter.

By Bertha Camacho, SKAT and Nadia von Holzen, Learning Moments


Lab office series, episode 2: The Google Effect

June 22, 2017 Natalie Frei Change Stories, Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

quadraticLab offices and coworking spaces are popping up like mushrooms. After the last episode, in which SDC’s Knowledge-Learning-Culture division visited different labs in the international cooperation field, this episode tries to get behind the global lab hype with a focus on philosophy and interior design. As you might have guessed, Google is at the forefront of this trend.

By Natalie Frei, SDC (more…)

K4D and the Trouble of Measuring Impact

April 21, 2017 Natalie Frei Change Stories, Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

quadraticAt the beginning of April, Knowledge Managers from diverse backgrounds travelled to Geneva to witness the formal inauguration of the Knowledge for Development (K4D) Partnership and to honor the UN Joint Inspection Unit’s (JIU) report on Knowledge Management in the United Nations system. There was a broad consensus that the lack of ways to measure impact inhibits the potential of knowledge management and that the community needs to raise awareness for the importance of KM in preventing reinventions of the wheel.

By Natalie Frei, SDC


The secret behind interactive webinars that energize and inspire

July 20, 2016 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences

Rating: 4.9 out of 5

NadiaAre you planning to organize webinars? Then do what the Learning & Networking team did: We learned a great deal by observing how others designed their webinars. The webinar series on storytelling organized by Nicole Bittel from the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences were interactive and energizing. The secret: Focus on one topic, make it conversational and build in many interactive moments.

By Nadia von Holzen, SDC


Reality check of knowledge sharing and networking in a project team

January 28, 2016 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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.

Carsten Schulz, currently working for GIZ in Armenia (more…)

Learning together – what it needs and what it means

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

Rating: 4.7 out of 5
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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

Iglus and caravans for more sharing and learning across teams and departments

August 18, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Like many other organisations working in International Development Cooperation DFID has the challenge to enhance the cooperation and sharing between teams and to break the “silos”, to ensure the transparency about what is going on, to strengthen the sharing of experiences and the learning from each other. Always with the aim of becoming more effective and making the best use of the resources and to create – where possible – synergies.

By Charlotte Nager, SDC


Happy blogging: This is blog post number 200!

August 12, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

This is blog post number 200. We – the SDC Learning & Networking Team – is blogging since 5 years. 97 bloggers joined us sharing insights, reflections and questions. We share because we care. We care to make learning visible, to bring new ideas and approaches into the organization, to reach out to our partners and friends. Let’s celebrate!

By Nadia von Holzen the with the great support of our blogging community (more…)

Meetings can be done differently: The Flipchart–Chat

July 22, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Corinne-SprecherMeetings can be fun, interactive and productive. The ‘flipchart-chat’ is a good way to really discuss a hot issue at your next staff meeting.

Corinne Sprecher, Agridea (more…)

The value of networked learning – make it visible through stories

July 15, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

For Beverly Wenger-Trayner, social learning- and network-specialist, social learning starts with negotiating what to learn. Therefore, the very crucial questions that a Community of Practice or a network has to answer for itself are: What is it all about; what do we want to get better at, and why do people join and engage? Learning creates value for the community and each member. ”Value stories” are best suited to make the benefit visible.

By Charlotte Nager, SDC (more…)

Knowledge Café for conversations that matter

July 08, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.7 out of 5
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“It is fundamental to have conversations with each other.” These are the words of David Gurteen, the founder of the Knowledge Café. A Knowledge Café is a simple process allowing people to engage in meaningful conversations to have deeper insights, to understand issues that are complex and challenging and to be in the position to make better decisions.

By Kuno Schläfli, Mirjam Walser and Nadia von Holzen, SDC (more…)

White water rafting with Duncan Green

June 23, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

In an inspiring speech at the Annual Meeting of learn4dev, Duncan Green, senior advisor of Oxfam GB, compared the environment in which we are going to work in the post-2015-landscape to white water rafting. The landscape changes – new actors emerge, CSO, private sector, new donors -, the challenges may be others than we perceive them to be, and we do not have the appropriate solutions to emerging challenges.

By Charlotte Nager, SDC

New challenges


3 simple ideas to pep up your next “presentation event”

June 03, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Corinne-SprecherWe have all experienced the format “presentation followed by discussion”. Do it differently and go beyond the well-known pattern in the next event you facilitate. Get inspired by three methods that are really easy to apply: buzz groups, voting and fishbowl.

Corinne Sprecher, Agridea (more…)

No Pain, No Gain

May 27, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Pic-of-Lawrence-McGrathThe SDC Learning & Networking Blog is about sharing and learning. Every speaker and participant at the 2015 Leaders Forum wanted to both share and learn beyond the forum’s rapid-fire 15 minute presentation format. Sharing and learning require a degree of courage and persistence. At the outset of the dialogue, Doris Leuthard and Yolanda Kakabadse explicitly instructed all participants to discard bashfulness and “Be a pain” to senior speakers and officials during breaks. This open invitation to debate was enthusiastically accepted and insight-fuelled discussions coursed throughout the corridors during breaks.

By Lawrence McGrath, Institute for Media and Communications Management of the University of St. Gallen (more…)

A network meeting and how learning, co-creation and fun come to full blossom!

May 20, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Corinne-Sprecherbabette pfanderDuring the last meeting of the Knowledge Management Think Table, we played a communication game. The game was fun and insightful. It taught us a lot about the basics of the networked way: Shared leadership, shared purpose, trust and value creation.

Corinne Sprecher, Agridea and Babette Pfander (more…)

2015 Leaders Forum Highlights: Yves Daccord’s Stakeholder Engagement Stories

May 13, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


The Leaders Forum is an annual event bringing together thought leaders on sustainable development from businesses, NGOs, public organisations, social enterprises, universities and the general public. This year’s event was held at the University of St. Gallen from February 5 to 7, and the focal point of discussions was multi-dimensional sustainability in Latin America. The first three speakers at this year’s forum were Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, WWF President Yolanda Kakabadse and ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord. Following this thought-provoking beginning, the pace of fascination did not slacken.

By Lawrence McGrath, Institute for Media and Communications Management of the University of St. Gallen (more…)

What makes you use social media?

November 19, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

My personal social media storyUntil recently, I was reluctant to invest time into the use of social media. This is the story of how and why I became an active user of social media content. What can we learn from it for the use of social media in our work?

Corinne Sprecher, Agridea.

My personal social media story


Successful convening – planning the surprising elements

November 05, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Dorothee Lötscher

Coming home from an exciting meeting with a brain full of new ideas and useful contacts is a good feeling. So is organising an attractive event. The guidebook “Gather. The Art and Science of Effective Convening” by the Monitor Institute is an easily readable document with the right level of detail, in which you can find inspiration for planning an event or that can serve as checklist. Its focus is on co-creation: exchange and joint learning that leads to open-ended outcomes and creates surprises and excitement. What means co-creation practically? Find some thoughts below. 

By Dorothee Lötscher,  EDA

Surprise bags for convenings


S.O.S immediate information needed!

July 30, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

sos imediat info neededSome days are just a bit crazy! Imagine when you have to present a development topic on short notice. With little time to do a profound research and even less preparing a presentation . E-dossier developed  by the information centre of Alliance sud responds to that challenge.

Jris Bertschi, Alliance Sud


Tired of Skype? Meet in a Webinar!

May 07, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Michel_ClaudiaThis blog is not against Skype. Skype is a software for free that is useful for communicating with your friends and colleagues around the globe. But for learning events it is less adequate. Instead, a webinar is a great alternative.

By Claudia Michel, Anne Zimmermann and Hansjörg Lauener


Visual tool for power analysis

February 26, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools

Rating: none


The word power has more than 15 different meanings in the dictionary and is used in various disciplines, from social science to physics, to mathematics, to philosophy, etc. This blog is about forms of power that bring about social changes. It describes an example of using visual methods for analysis of power relations among actors in stories about democracy.

By Snezana Mišić Mihajlović, Centre for Management, Development and Planning, Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Take up a challenge – visualise democracy!

December 04, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

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Have you ever tried to imagine democracy? How does it look like? Do you see it as close as your neighbourhood or as far as the national state? We posed similar questions to more than 20 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were challenged to revoke, analyse and visualise very intimate relationships in the society and their bonds with the state. This process created new spaces for people – space for revoking personal stories, space for visualisation of experiences, space for learning, space for establishing relationships, and space for deepening knowledge about democracy.

By Snezana Mišić Mihajlović,  Centre for Management, Development and Planning, Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Spaghetti Tower, an experiment to observe learning patterns in teams and networks

November 20, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: none

Ernst Bolliger

You definitely participated once in your live in a team building exercise: Several teams compete with each other. The lessons learned are about the organization of the team. In a recent similar experiment the question was: “What is the knowledge interaction among teams in a competing situation and how do the knowledge patterns change with changing competition rules?”

Ernst Bolliger, Agridea (more…)

Where the action is – with learning apps

October 30, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 2.7 out of 5

 Katrin HansDaniel StollerLouisa Nigg




Mobile devices are booming. Around the world, in the global South, North, East and West people are using smart phones. And with the mobile devices apps are becoming more and more popular. Learning apps are an ideal form of learning for “homo mobilis”, the mobile human being. For example on Human Rights: Do you know what Human Rights Watch does? Or where the original manuscript of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is kept? Learning apps link theoretical and historical knowledge to actual events.

By Katrin Hans, Daniel Stoller-Schai and Louisa Nigg, LerNetz, Switzerland (more…)