Knowledge Café for conversations that matter

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

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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…)

The Beauty of Mind Maps

June 10, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Nadia von HolzenThe beauty of a mind map is its simplicity. You can do it almost everywhere. In its basic form all you need is paper and pen. The process of visualizing a question is powerful. Mind maps help thinking and keep conversations focused.

Nadia von Holzen, SDC


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…)

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


DuckDuckGo – The search engine that doesn’t track you!

September 17, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

if it's on the Intenet, it isn't private_1Desperate about your search results with Google? Results are tailored to who you are, based on your saved search history and click history. But there is a means of escape: DuckDuckGo

 By Simone Decorvet, SDC


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


Make movies with your smartphone

April 09, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools

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New technologies change the way we communicate. With the iPhone the number of videos shared around the world has exploded! This transformation of our communicational behavior seeps into the working world. In this blog post you will get some tips and tricks on how to make movies with your smartphone.  

By Hynek Bureš, dubbed perceptions



PowerPoint presentations that support our key messages

January 29, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools

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Nadia & DanielleWhat does it need to prepare powerful PowerPoint presentations that trigger the attenction and the curiosity of our audience? How can slides support the delivery of  the key messages we want to bring accross as presentors and speakers? The trend is clear: We have to make our presentations visual, shorter, with less text and more images.

Nadia von Holzen & Danielle Rosset, SDC


How to recreate the face-to-face magic every day?

December 18, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools, SDC Networks

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Face to face meetings are magic moments in a network’s life, full of life, interaction and social weaving. How can networks hold this vibrancy after the face to face meetings? “By creating a virtual face to face ambience,” says Hynek Bures. “With the Internet and today’s social media your colleague actually sits next door.”

By Hynek Bureš, dubbed perceptions


Twitter for Sharing and Learning – an Introduction for Beginners

November 27, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools

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Have you ever thought about starting to twitter? Are you still wondering how Twitter works? Then this  2‘53‘’ video is the right starting point. It explains the basics.

By Nadia von Holzen, SDC with the support of Nadja Schnetzler, Word and Deed; Nadejda Loumbeva, Helvetas-Intercooperation; Daniel Stoller-Schai LerNetz (more…)

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

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

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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…)

Who is your network and who is driving it? – A short guideline to assess your network structure.

November 13, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools, SDC Networks

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Carsten SchulzNadia von Holzen

This short guideline assists you to gain a better understanding who your network is and who is driving it. Through simple pie charts you visualise the different stakeholder groups represented in your network. You gain a different perspective on the driving forces and the network dynamic.

Carsten Schulz, Agridea and Nadia von Holzen, SDC


Facebook as a learning tool?

October 16, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Can Facebook and similar tools help communities to learn? “Yes!” say Christoph Pimmer and Urs Gröhbiel, two researchers who have investigated the use of mobile phones and social software by medical students, doctors and midwives in Nepal and South-Africa. They challenge coordinators and project leaders to consider the potential of social mobile media in their projects, for reporting, networking and knowledge-exchange.

By Urs Gröhbiel and Christoph Pimmer, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

FHNW in discussion

Photo: Apprentice bricklayers with Chirsthoph Pimmer (middle) and Urs Gröhbiel (right) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe


Talk and write – stimulating Conference Calls combined with Lopad

September 11, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

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In telephone calls and telephone conferences I very much like to use Lopad, because Lopad as a collaborative real-time online text editor allows real-time online collaboration.


By Carsten Schulz, Agridea


New guidebook for face-to-face meeting and workshop organizers – simple and powerful

August 21, 2013 bit-wartung Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Are you soon organizing a face-to-face meeting or a workshop? Have a look at this rich Guidebook from the Rockefeller Foundation. The simple and powerful questions and how-to guides will inspire your preparation process. 


Questions and Answers live – the Expert Panel “on the floor”

August 07, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

The “Expert panel on the floor”- Method can resolve open questions, alternatively to the expert panel and the fish bowl. The major asset of this method is the engagement of every participant’s knowledge in the solution finding. (more…)

Creating images in mind and memory

July 17, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

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With „Creating images in mind and memory“ we start a new blog series. We reflect what images and metaphors can do. We promote that images and metaphors belong to every facilitator’s toolbox. (more…)

My favourite translater / translation helper / translation help!

June 26, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

One of the many advantages of the Internet, is the offer of free online-dictionaries. My absolute favourite and a tool that I use very often is Linguee. (more…)

Why every presentation should be a little drama…

June 19, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

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In the implementation process of the SRC Knowledge Management Concept the Inter- national Department of the Swiss Red Cross works on cooperation approaches and working methods. In a recent lunch time event with the title “presenting with inspiration” we were coached by an improvisation theatre specialist (Frank Renold, theatre anundpfirsich) on how drama can inspire our presentations. And how we can make our messages stick thanks to a little more drama in our presentations… (more…)

Mastering PCM – Tailor made learning platform now online!

May 01, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

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The new e-learning platform Project Cycle Management interactive (PCMi) is online. It’s a flexible platform for blended and self-directed learning. Rate your competencies for an individual study plan or access the material for further reading. (more…)

Dynamic Facilitation – or the art of creating collective solutions

April 17, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

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Dynamic Facilitation is a facilitation approach addressing difficult or even complex issues. By taking notes on 4 flip charts the moderator supports the conversation and helps the group to make the shift towards a solution. (more…)

Simplicity wins – visualization as well. Tips for your next presentation

April 10, 2013 bit-wartung Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

How to prepare memorable presentations? Simplify it and make it visual. Inspiring and memorable presentations are simple, clear and meaningful. While preparing have your audience in mind and make it visual and easy for them to follow. (more…)

Joint Learning Journeys: with your travel agent GIZ!

April 03, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences

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A recent lunch event at SDC in Bern sparked some interesting thinking. It featured guest speaker Kerstin Kude-Osman from the Academy for International Cooperation, a part of the German development agency GIZ. Kerstin told us about the recently developed Joint Learning Journey (JLJ) method, which is a way to bring small groups of people involved and interested in a particular set of issues together, to come up with effective and innovative ways of doing things better. (more…)

Blogging from Malawi – How we used a blog to report from a workshop on rural development

March 20, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences, SDC Networks

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We were blogging from the Workshop on Rural Development organized by the SDC Eastern & Southern Africa Division in Lilongwe Malawi. (more…)