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How your story tells you how it wants to be told

February 15, 2017 Blog Admin Let's Talk Visual

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Beat Rüdt

Irritated by the title of this post? You shouldn’t be. During the “Lunch & Learn” events and the multimedia and video workshops we learned, that there are a lot of good stories at SDC that are worth to be told and that can be told in many ways.

By Beat Rüdt, MAZ

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The power to share, learn and cooperate in networks – el poder de trabajar en red

February 03, 2016 Blog-Admin1 SDC Experiences, SDC Networks

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

MariCarmen AlarconIn 2008 Maria del Carmen Alarcón Lizón started working as communication specialist with the SDC Cooperation Office in Bolivia. Over these years the communication approach within SDC Latin America has evolved from diffusion of information to a more integrative and participatory approach putting communication in the service of programmes and projects. An essential factor in this shift to communication for development (C4D) was sharing and learning among the communication practioners in SDC, for example in the communication network Redcolatina. A manual named “Comunicación para el Desarrollo – Una guía práctica” is the tangible result of this cooperation. 

Maria del Carmen Alarcón Lizón, SDC Bolivia (more…)

Going digital – a new experience of sharing your story

January 20, 2016 Blog-Admin1 Change Stories, Let's Talk Visual, SDC Experiences

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Thinley ChenzomThinley Chenzom, Social Events Manager at the Swiss Cooperation Office in Bhutan, gained a new experience by creating digital stories. She inspired her team to create digital stories for the annual report. This idea resulted into several 3’ stories.

Thinley Chenzom, SDC Bhutan (more…)

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!

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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

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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

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If it’s on the Internet, it isn’t private.

September 03, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

if it's on the Intenet, it isn't private_1We all have the right to privacy, even in the Internet. But it seems that privacy is incompatible with Open Data, Social Media and high speed Internet connection. Hooray! Here are some basic options to protect your privacy. By Simone Decorvet, SDC

 

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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

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«So you want to be a blogstar?»

May 21, 2014 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools

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Christina StuckyDid you know that today more than 40.5 million new blog posts go online every month? That’s about 1.3 million each day in an average month. In fact, every 60 seconds 60 new blogs are created worldwide. And over 409 million people view more than 14.4 billion blog pages each month. So what does that mean for you, the aspiring blogstar? Christina Stucky, Head Communication Management Unit, Media and Communication Trainer, SDC

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Tired of Skype? Meet in a Webinar!

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

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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

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Why we blog

January 08, 2014 Carmen Eckert Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences

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NadiaIn January 2013 we blogged: “A blog is conversation.“  And that’s what we had: conversation. 32 bloggers – guests, SDC colleagues and team members – contributed their thoughts and observations the whole year through. We jointly wrote 42 blog posts. And 60% of our posts received comments from you dear readers. Thank you! Also in 2014 we blog for being in conversation with you. For us bloggers, each blog post is a learning moment. Blog writing is digestion time. Reflection is vital.
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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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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…)

Twitter & Co. for Social Reporting?

November 06, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences

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toula

How can you enhance reflection and learning in workshops by using social media? Hook Touravanh from the Swiss Cooperation Office in Lao was animating a social reporting process during a training workshop in Thailand. Social reporting is a tool to help people digest what they learned.

Hook Touravanh, SCO Lao

Remark: This post is summarizing Hook Touravanh’s key points what it means to do social reporting. You can read the full length of his story on the Mekong blog.

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Where the action is – with learning apps

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

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 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…)

Facebook as a learning tool?

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

Rating: 4.3 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

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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

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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…)

How I fell in love with next Dgroups

September 19, 2012 Blog-Admin1 Methods & Tools

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Carsten Schulz

Dgroups is used as a communication tool within most of SDC’s thematic networks, allowing both the channel of information through newsletters as well as e-discussions among network members. Carsten Schulz from AGRIDEA reflects on his own experience with Dgroups as a tool and his evolution from a sceptical and critical reviewer to an “aficionado” of the newly designed next.Dgroups platform. (more…)

Social Reporting – Behind the Scenes

September 11, 2012 LND Methods & Tools

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CarmenRiffNadiaNaraSocial Reporting on and from face-to-face meetings of SDC’s networks became a trendy practice. This blog post looks behind the scenes and reflects on three questions: What is actually Social Reporting? What makes it social? And is it worth the effort? (more…)

Peter Point’s Dream – Powerpoint Presentations and its Pitfalls

September 04, 2012 LND Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools

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NadiaNadia

Today’s blog post invites you to pause for a second and to think about one of the most used tools of everyday office life. Powerpoint. What once was considered a revolution in presentation technique today often turns out to be a threat to every knowledge transfer. With a short comic strip Nadia von Holzen and Nadia Lanfranchi would like to make you check over your presentation strategies. What is key to an engaging presentation? Are there alternatives to Powerpoint? And what should be considered in order to avoid Powerpoint’s pitfalls? (more…)

Facing the Social Media Challenge

May 01, 2012 LND Methods & Tools

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Jovan KurbalijaA new form of influencing policy-making is emerging thanks to the Internet. The Arab Spring, anti-ACTA protests, the Occupy movement, pirate parties have at least one thing in common: they all share the  Internet as an enabler. On the Internet, protest movements coordinate activities and manage to reach out to the global public. Governments and international organisations cannot ignore this substantive change. Jovan Kurbalija, in his contribution, discusses challenges facing governments and organisations in getting involved in the social media space. (more…)

Uh oh, I’m a Technology Steward — Part 2: Four Technology Stewardship Implementation Practices

December 20, 2011 LND Methods & Tools

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By Nancy White

nancy_whiteIn our first part on accidental technology stewardship we focused on the technology acquisition and design issues. In today’s post we’ll look at what I think is the really fun stuff: how we build useful practices USING technology together. (more…)

NEWS December 2011

December 06, 2011 LND Methods & Tools

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HIGHLIGHT

Collegial Coaching is a process that draws on experiences and practices of professional colleagues in order to share new ideas, teach one another or solve a problem. Watch this entertaining clip to get a clear idea of the mechanisms of this useful tool. Or go to the Learning & Networking Website to get more information on Collegial Coaching.

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Uh oh, I’m a Technology Steward — Part 1: Four Technology Stewardship Design Principles

November 22, 2011 LND Methods & Tools

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By Nancy White

nancy_whiteHow many times have you been faced with coordinating work, knowledge sharing or learning with a colleague who is not close by?  Of course, we have the magic of the internet, right? Which knits us across countries and contexts, right? Well, it could, but most of us lack the magic wand to make this happen flawlessly. There is a useful practice to picking and using technology in service of groups called technology stewardship. Let’s take a peek into tech stewardship together. We will focus here on definition and some design principles, and look at implementation practices in a second blog post. (more…)