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Hosting a workshop

This article was originally written as guidance for workshop organisers during an open space meeting in October 2016.

This is a place where civil rights activists meet to discuss change. During our three days together, we have plenty of space for spontaneous sessions as well as for pre-organised ones. What happens in your session is up to you: a workshop, a lecture, networking, practical action… Here are a few […]

Revue: Pathways to Change at #15NTC

Revue: Pathways to Change at #15NTC

So, I spent most of last week in Austin at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (also known as #15NTC). I’d been working with NTEN (the host organization) for a while on their Editorial Committee, and I was very grateful for the invitation to link up with the community live and in person.

I feel the same way Austin, but I think we should see other people. #15NTC pic.twitter.com/svV5cc1qrD

— Doug Phillips […]

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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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?

Beyond PDFs

Beyond PDFs

Earlier this year, a World Bank study on the use of its own knowledge products raised the question: What if having good ideas and writing them down is not enough to have an impact?

31% of #WorldBank policy reports never downloaded. 87% never cited. More relevant reports or better dissemination? http://t.co/iz8pUjM5x4

— David Evans (@tukopamoja) May 6, 2014

Think about it. 

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 […]