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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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.


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…)

“Voices 2.0”- Revolutionizing Participation within Development Cooperation

July 12, 2011 bit-wartung SDC Experiences

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Patrick KalasThe “Facebook Revolution” is in everyone’s mouth: How come? What does the power of web 2.0 imply for operational activities aiming to increase participation in socio, economic and political change processes? Patrick Kalas (former ICT4D officer/SDC) illuminates the phenomenon, not without sparking a critical reflection on its side-effects, and shares keyfindings from an upcoming SDC workingpaper on the issue.

“……..I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul”
(Invictus by William Ernest Henley)

The genie is out of the bottle. Scanning the news reveals that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones, Internet, Satellite television and social media are having an effect on events in the so-called Arab Spring. The “Facebook Revolution” is becoming a buzzword. Not sure how and why, click here. Does this have any practical significance for our operational activities in projects or programs aiming to increase participation in socio, economic and political change processes? (more…)

E-facilitation – Facilitation gone online. How to smite the bite! Part 2

July 05, 2011 bit-wartung Learning Elsewhere

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Olivia Hartmann II swIn the first part of this blog I looked at e-faciliation and how it compares to face to face facilitation. For this second part I asked myself, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the online situation and what would be the content of a twenty minutes crash-course on “the specifics of online facilitaiton”. And as a round-up of both blog posts on e-facilitaiton I share my thoughts on the future prospects of facilitation in cyberspace. (more…)

E-facilitation – Facilitation gone online. How to smite the bite!

June 08, 2011 Manuel Flury Methods & Tools

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Olivia Hartmann II swBy Olivia Hartmann, AGRIDEA
The e-factor is omnipresent in the West and increasingly also in other parts of the world. It has become difficult to imagine a life without it.
BUT – the e-factor in facilitation
is actually a rather recent development.
A look at a young skill and how to skillfully use it for learning and exchange – Part I. 


Looking at the history of the development of communication means I came to realize what a recent development the internet and with that e-facilitation actually is! E-Facilitation  – the art of sucessfully planning and guiding online interactions of various kinds and with a wide variety of purposes – has existed for barely 15 years. (more…)

Copying and sharing in times of internet

March 16, 2011 Manuel Flury Methods & Tools

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Corinne-SprecherBy Corinne Sprecher, AGRIDEA



Creative Commons as an alternative to the conventional copyright


Nowadays there are incredible resources of knowledge easily accessible for anyone anytime thanks to modern technologies. But are we making full use of their potential? The wonderful thing about knowledge is – compared to other resources – that its value increases if it’s shared, used and if new ideas arise from it. So why protecting it? Here some thoughts on copying, reserving rights and alternatives to the conventional copy right.


The ICT4D Baby Is Out but Its Bathwater Is Making Waves

February 08, 2011 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

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Patrick KalasBy Patrick Kalas
Rare snowflakes covered the Victorian rooftops of Royal Halloway College just outside of London, where over 580 international researchers and practitioners in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development met during the impeccably organized 3rd ICTD conference. Development relevant, because ICTs are enabling tools, which can catalyze social, economic and political change processes through providing timely access to information and knowledge, facilitate knowledge-sharing and learning while amplifying voices of the voiceless. The following is a personal reflection about my perceived heartbeat of the ICT4D community at ICTD in London expanding on the previous blog post “Simple but Not Easy- Why Strategic Integration of ICTs Is Simply Not Easy”. (more…)

“Simple but not easy” – Why strategic integration of ICTs into development programmes is simply not easy

December 08, 2010 Manuel Flury SDC Experiences

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Patrick KalasBy Patrick Kalas
This personal learning reflection and contribution is based on 7 years of engagement within the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development sphere, including with non-governmental organizations, multilateral and bilateral donor organizations. It aims to spark a critical reflection on initial lessons to be learned exploring (a) why the strategic integration of ICTs is simply not easy while (b) formulating 3 critical lessons learned. (more…)

Awarding “good learning”

November 17, 2010 Manuel Flury Methods & Tools

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Manuel picture for sdclanBy Manuel Flury
The Knowledge and Learning Processes Division of SDC intends to award a prize for “good learning” to collaborators of the organisation. For that matter we launched a debate in the km4dev community seeking examples of “good learning practices”. Besides of many proposals, documented learning from failures was proposed.
After visiting colleagues at their work place and getting to understand how they learn in their daily practice we became aware of the importance of self-initiative, of the key role of superiors to let them do what they intend to do and of the transformative power of such individual initiatives for the whole organisation.
Good learning combines “doing things better” and  “transforming the way, things are being done”, i.e. the individual and the institutional aspect of learning.

The original query to the km4dev community: What is “good learning”?