Resource: Communications Planning Canvas

Resource: Communications Planning Canvas

I first heard about the Business Model Canvas a few years ago. Since then, canvasses – large posters with a framework to structure conversation, usually supported by post-its – have become quite popular. The Strategic Communications Workshop in Jordan was a great opportunity for me to experiment with a canvas for a simple communications planning process. Download it here, experiment with it and let me know what works for you!

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Workshop: Strategic Communications for Street Theatre and Minority Rights

Workshop: Strategic Communications for Street Theatre and Minority Rights

2015 | Minority Rights Group

The Drama, Diversity and Development programme uses culture to promote diversity and challenge discrimination against minorities in Southern Mediterranean countries. In 2015, it provides grants to seven street theatre groups to create plays and performances to raise awareness of the role of culture in social cohesion.

In February 2015, Minority Rights Group organized a set of workshops for grantees to gain the competences and skills needed for […]

So, what is it that you do?

So, what is it that you do?

“Momentum for sustainability? That sounds nice. But what is it that you do?”

I call myself a communications consultant and facilitator. I do a lot of things. Here’s an incomplete list:

I ask questions. I probe. I challenge you to go deeper. I help you find out what is really important for you, right now. I help you reconnect with why you do what you do, and how you are making a […]

When training is broken

When training is broken

The other day, I made an offhand comment on Facebook, stating that “‘training’ is a broken model for learning and behaviour change”. Tom immediately challenged me to explain.

Of course, this statement is a gross generalisation – and I’m convinced that there’s plenty of brilliant training in this world. So, let’s maybe consider a different question:

 

When is ‘training’ a broken model for learning and behaviour change?

Workshop: The Art of Marketing Facilitation

Workshop: The Art of Marketing Facilitation

2014 | International Association of Facilitators

This workshop for the IAF Conference “Facilitation Reloaded” in Copenhagen was designed to help facilitators (and other professional change makers) build connection to potential clients in order to do more of their best work – and increase their impact:

What is your niche? Are you finding clients that are making the best use of your superpowers? Is it time to step up your marketing game so that […]

Project: Knowledge Management at NALAS

Project: Knowledge Management at NALAS

2014 | NALAS & GIZ

The Network of Associations of Local Authorities in South-East Europe (NALAS) brings together 16 associations representing roughly 9000 local authorities. Established in 2001, NALAS’ objective is to effectively leverage knowledge and information throughout its network to increase the quality of local governance in South-East Europe and thus contribute to democracy and regional stability.

This work is supported by a number of local Knowledge Management Assistants (KMAs) who […]

Some thoughts on systems change

Some thoughts on systems change

“The system is broken.”
“The system fails to meet people’s needs.”
“We need to change the system.”

Does this sound familiar? I bet it does. Every self-respecting activist and change maker knows this narrative; partially, because it has a lot of truth in it. Problems appear when the conversation on systems change stops here: Some will throw their hands in despair because the system’s just too big and too powerful – […]

Practice Notes: The Workshop Book

Practice Notes: The Workshop Book

When I facilitate, I take notes. Lots of notes. I come with a set of notes, including the workshop design and process plans. I have checklists for the preparation of the venue. During the meeting, I jot down notes, names, observations. At the end of each day, I review the process, adjust the original design and rephrase questions. Over the years, quite a stack of these notes had assembled in […]

The art of marketing facilitation

The art of marketing facilitation

“Wow, this was the most effective meeting I’ve been to since I joined this organization!” My client enthused. “We should work with facilitation more often if we want to get things done.”

The benefits of working with a facilitator are obvious to those who have just experienced a well-facilitated session. But why is it that facilitators often struggle making the case to new and potential clients?