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Working Out Loud: networking for improved work

March 25, 2020 Elin Fredriksson Change Stories, Innovation, Methods & Tools, Problem-solving, SDC Experiences

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Sandra (Large)On several occasions during the years 2018/2019, Vanessa, Dunja and myself heard how people in our professional networks enthusiastically talked about the method “Working Out Loud” (WOL).

Sandra Gentizon, SDC

 

 

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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

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Value-creation stories for monitoring the value of networks

November 01, 2016 Leonie Pock Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Beverly Wenger-TraynerIn SDC learning is taking place in the networks – learning about approaches, about experiences and about good practices. The networks meet regularly in f2f-events in order to engage in this learning. But does it have an effect? What is the outcome of these events? By Beverly Wenger-Trayner, co-author of the Value Creation Framework

 

 

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Playing the Cupid’s Role: Creating Connections for Collaboration

February 18, 2016 Leonie Pock SDC Experiences, SDC Networks

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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.

 Alfonso Flores Bermúdez, SDC Nicaragua (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…)

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…)

A joint face-to-face is well worth the effort

July 16, 2014 Blog-Admin1 SDC Experiences, SDC Networks

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

 Portrait FMFThe Gender Equality Network as well as the Agriculture and Food Security Network decided to organize their face-to-face (f2f) events in the same week June 2nd to 6th and to have a joint program during three of the five f2f days. The joint days were especially important to demonstrate with practical examples how gender equity in a natural way is always part of any social reality. Felix Fellmann, SDC Agriculture & Food Security Focalpoint

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Social reporting from the Gender Network face-2-face: in the role of the social reporter

July 01, 2014 Blog-Admin1 SDC Experiences, SDC Networks

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

photo SRSocial reporting from network events is commonly used in the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). Yet every social reporting process is unique and tied to its context; it is like embarking on a new learning adventure. In this blog post we would like to share the story of the social reporting team at the face-2-face meeting 2014 of the Gender Network.

Isabelle Jost & Danielle Rosset SDC

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SDC education network joined together for a common cause at their F2F

March 12, 2014 Blog-Admin1 SDC Networks

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 What results can we expect from a F2F? In the education network (E network), our objectives were to strengthen links between members, the sharing of experiences and lessons learned on key issues. We did not expect the impetus within the network to lead to the drafting of a joint advocacy paper. A concrete result, which reflects the position shared by the people and organisations of the network with regard to the post-2015 discussions.
By Valérie Liechti, Nicole Gantenbein & Lucia Bordone, SDC

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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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Hynek

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

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Cooperation Offices and Networks: From Skepticism to Dedication

December 11, 2013 Blog-Admin1 SDC Experiences, SDC Networks

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IbrahimFor the SCO Macedonia the networks of SDC are an important tool for learning and sharing. The exchange with peers and the joint reflection of practices is stimulating, instructive and rewarding. Even as lurkers – as the time constraints limit sometimes proactive participation – the benefit is high. And the networks are shaped and co-owned by its members; this makes them so valuable.

Ibrahim Mehmeti with contributions from the SCO Macedonia team (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

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Efficient networking is the engine for capacity development among different stakeholders fighting poverty

October 23, 2013 Blog-Admin1 SDC Experiences, SDC Networks

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Portrait Markus Glatz

In the eye of the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) in Bolivia SDCs thematic networks are an important pillar for strengthening both the capacity of a great number of development actors and the sustainability of their projects. The level of their effort justifies the ‘raison d’être’ of the networks and the results they produce. Therefore we dare the prognosis: “Without networking – less development!”

By Markus Glatz and the SCO Team, La Paz

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The Wild Side of Networks – How Best to Organize the Networks’ Work?

July 17, 2012 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

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Nadia von HolzenWhat’s the true nature of networks? In this post Nadia von Holzen reflects on the characteristics of networks and how best sharing and learning in networks can be organized and supported. (more…)

Face to Face – the Core Group’s Drive

July 03, 2012 LND SDC Networks

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The Agriculture and Food Security Network recently organized its face to face meeting. Planning such an event in a network surrounding poses particular challenges. The face to face not only entails the exchange of content but should also foster community building and give participants a chance to share their personal expertise. In today’s blog contribution the network’s core group takes stock of the planning process of their event and its realisation. How is the preparation work best organised and coordinated? How can methodological and thematic coherence be assured? How can quality of inputs be guaranteed?

By Core Group Agriculture and Food Security Network

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SDC Networks – In the Shaping

April 17, 2012 LND SDC Networks

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Manuel FluryIn 2008 SDC has introduced networks as “caretakers” of knowledge and competence. Networks imply a particular mode of work, less hierarchical and self-managed. In what ways have the networks led to a changed way of learning? Could SDC secure its competence and operational quality? There are no final answers yet. The networks are developing their particular shapes and modes of sharing and learning. The key challenge remains for SDC and its collaborators: To engage in sharing in a trustful environment, both personally and institutionally. (more…)

The beauty of networks: smart, dynamic, innovative

March 20, 2012 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

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Nadia von Holzen

In her blog post Nadia von Holzen reflects on the nature of networks, on their constitution, texture and driving force. Networks shouldn’t be taken as rigid entities, they are driven by people and their engagement and are thus propelled by an inner dynamic. Networks grow, evolve and move and it is the network’s members who breathe life into this loose conglomerate transforming it into something similar to a living organism. Therefore networks are pivotal to a learning organization as they comprise essential qualities to manage, transform and generate knowledge. (more…)

From Face to Face to Face to Face and in between – Experiences from the Agriculture & Rural Development Network

March 06, 2012 LND SDC Networks

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MLCrettazFrom Cochabamba to Zollikofen… What has happened in the short life of the Agriculture and Rural Development (A+RD) Network  so far, in particular between the two intense periods of activities linked to the Face-to-face events. (more…)

Good Practice: the SDC Experience with Nurturing Networks and Membership Management

January 03, 2012 LND Methods & Tools, SDC Networks

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By Nara Weigel

NaraIn her first blog post A Treasure of SDC Experiences in Managing and Supporting Networks: 7 Guides to Make it your Own, Nara Weigel presented the interlinked good practice guides available on the website of the Learning and Networking Division. This blog post, explores two of the guides in more detail: nurturing networks and managing the membership of SDC networks. Two users of the guides share their first reactions, personal reflections and further lessons from their daily work as network focal point and backstopper. (more…)

Learning in Networks — The Value of Intangibles

December 13, 2011 LND Methods & Tools

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By Dorothee Lötscher, Agridea

Dorothee Lötscher“We learn from suffering together” – this statement of a regional focal point of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) expresses some of the key elements of learning in networks: multi-directional exchange between peers, collaboration based on trust and encouragement, and learning from cases. Networking is challenging and time-consuming, but leads to members’ moments of success, motivation, and finally sustainability. Intangible outputs play thereby an important role. Find below how GFRAS regional focal points and the GFRAS executive secretary experience their networking activities, how they deal with tangibles and intangibles, and what this might mean for networks in general. (more…)

A Treasure of SDC Experiences in Managing and Supporting Networks: 7 Guides to Make it your Own

November 08, 2011 LND Methods & Tools, SDC Networks

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By Nara Weigel, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

NaraWhy Good Practice Guides on Managing and Supporting Networks?

Three years after thematic networks were created within SDC, the Learning and Networking team felt it was a good moment to capitalise the organisation’s experience in supporting networks and make collective learning available to a broader audience. This was done in form of seven interlinked mini guides (illustrated below) on e-facilitation, nurturing networks, roles and responsibilities within networks, managing membership, linking face to face (f2f) events and online dialogues, social reporting on f2f events and planning f2f events. The choice of issues shows that the guides are not only relevant for network Focal Points and Steering Group members, but also for other people working at or with SDC. The guides can be viewed online or downloaded as pdf files from the website of the Learning and Networking Division. (more…)

Distillation of „experience based good practices“

September 06, 2011 Adrian Gnägi SDC Experiences

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by Kuno Schläfli, Romana Tedeschi, Katharina Walker, Michael Reimann, Matthias Boss, and Adrian Gnägi

SDC used to be structured as a matrix organization. Operational geographic units managed funds and local context, technical units managed thematic knowledge, and together they were thought to implement effective projects. This setup became perceived to have improvement potential. In 2008, technical units were replaced by learning and exchange networks. One of the justifications for this move was that guidance and policies elaborated by the technical units were sometimes perceived to be too abstract, too general, not enough evidence based. One of the expectations towards the newly created networks therefore was that their guidance should look, feel, and act differently – “experience based good practice” was the orientation received. This post documents one of the first attempts by one of the new networks to distill “experience based good practice”.

SDC’s “decentralization and local governance network” (dlgn) met for its first-ever face-to-face encounter in November 2009 in Delhi. (more…)

Experience documentation on e-discussion campaigns with consolidated replies: A dlgn learning project on donor support for local government finances

August 02, 2011 Adrian Gnägi Methods & Tools

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by Bertha Camacho and Adrian Gnägi

Solution Exchange pioneered a structured way to conduct e-discussions, called “e-discussion campaigns with consolidated replies”. The structure of those e-discussions looks like this:

  • A query is posted on the e-forum of a network and experience carriers are invited to post replies within a pre-determined time frame. Frequently, the moderator supports members with the wording of the query, making sure the query is short, easy to understand and appealing to be answered.
  • Moderators lobby experienced network members to post replies in the e-forum. This lobbying is worked mostly over the phone. According to Solution Exchange, it is the major time investment of the e-moderator.
  • When the discussion campaign is over, the e-moderator sums up the discussion in a “consolidated reply”. The e-moderator condenses the main messages into an easy-to-understand analytical summary and includes all individual contributions in full into the document.

This post reflects on the first “e-discussion campaign with consolidated replies” conducted by SDC’s “decentralization and local governance” network (dlgn) (more…)

Face-to-face Meeting of SDC’s ARD Network in Cochabamba/Bolivia: Lessons to be learnt

November 03, 2010 Manuel Flury SDC Networks

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 Simon Zbinden   Marylaure Crettaz

An Interview with Simon Zbinden and Marylaure Crettaz

Interview: Manuel Flury

The SDC Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Network held its first face-to-face event in mid July 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 19 network participants from five continents participated in this workshop that has been organised with the support from the regional knowledge-sharing platform ASOCAM.
In addition to conventional presentations, Storytelling, Open Spaces, Knowledge Fairs and World Café made the exchange particularly fruitful. The event is entirely
documented on the web.

Simon Zbinden, the Focal Point of the ARD Network and Marylaure Crettaz, a member of the core group talk about lessons to be learnt for others that are planning face-to-face events. (more…)

Learning in times of organisational change

August 26, 2010 Manuel Flury SDC Experiences

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The need for a trustful (learning) culture that is open for emerging patterns of collaboration

Manuel picture for sdclanBy Manuel Flury
SDC experiences a period of far reaching organisational change. The management informs the collaborators via the SDC-Intraweb and exchanges with the middle cadre. Collaborators share their questions in the cafeteria, chatting around filing cabinets and walking through the corridors:
“What thematic policies are still valid?” – “Is poverty alleviation now just one of several aims of SDC or still the main “raison d’être”?” – “Nobody knows exactly how thematic experts may bring in their concerns!” – “There is lacking information, and the interfaces are not clear.” – “The service level agreement  with the newly created support at Ministry level was elaborated without even consulting us.” – “The new regulations and guidelines for elaborating credit proposals are nowhere to be found on the Intraweb.” – “The guidelines for the office management report are just approved, there is no scope for any adjustments now.”
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