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How it all began: a journey in knowledge sharing

10 February 2011
Learning to share knowledge

Learning to share knowledge. Photo by P. Kosina

One of my most memorable and formative professional experiences was a 2008 Knowledge Sharing Workshop, sponsored by the CGIAR ICT-KM program (the Knowledge Management support unit of the network of International Agricultural Research centers I still work with).

In early 2008, I had just embarked on a new project to help build and support an online community of practice for Payments for Environmental Services in Africa, and the workshop could not have come at a better time. The workshop included training in different tools (e.g., blogging, social bookmarking, RSS feeds) and methods for workshop facilitation, social network mapping, and more . It also gave us an opportunity to develop a project with ongoing peer feedback and expert guidance from our facilitators.

Both the online and face to face components were excellent, and really helped me move my project along (it’s still going strong!). It also kick-started my career in this field, helping me realized how much I enjoy this kind of work, and linking me with a network that I’m still in touch with today.

Three years later, one of the workshop facilitators, Simone Staiger, has interviewed five of the original participants (including myself) about the impact of that workshop.

You can read more about the workshop including descriptions of the processes used, content summaries, and evaluations at the ICT-KM site. We even published a paper about the workshop: Learning to share knowledge for global agricultural progress.

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