Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

In the afternoon we spend some time sorting out the project posters to come up with a number of groups that could work together on their projects throughout the workshop. This was not an easy task: Should we group the projects by tools, by audiences, by themes?

We ended up with 5 groups who’s participants defined their area of common interest as follows:

  1. Best KS practices. KS about KS
  2. Intranets
  3. Web sites for interactive information sharing
  4. Get buy-in and make most out of communities
  5. Foster communities based on regional priorities

Those groups then looked deeper into their commonalities through conversations and individual reflections on their project’s strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). Here we see Vanessa, Nicole, Jean and Yuan using the project posters for their conversation:

Phase 2 of the KS Workshop is dedicated to the planning of KS activities that we will incorporate into our work and existing projects. To get the planning process started participants paired up, worked on their ideas and prepared posters that were then shared in plenary in 2-minute presentations.

Here is a Grace presenting her project. It is about constructing a dialogue between climate change and health communities. The dialogue will have an on-line and a face-to-face component, and aims to involve more than 200 participants from CG Centers and stakeholder organizations. Grace wonders for example how to assure to get buy-in from participants, and what platform to use for the on-line phase.

The World Cafe is a whole group interaction method focused on conversations. A Cafe Conversation is a creative process for leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action in groups of all sizes. The environment is set up like a cafe, with paper-covered tables. People sit four to a table and hold a series of conversational rounds lasting from 20 to 45 minutes about one or more questions which are personally meaningful to them. At the end of each round, one person remains at each table as the host, while the other three travel to different tables. Table hosts welcome newcomers to their tables and share the essence of that table’s conversation so far. The newcomers relate any conversational threads they are carrying — and then the conversation continues, deepening as the round progresses.

More on our KS Toolkit: http://kstoolkit.wikis.cgiar.org/The+World+Cafe

Here are the World Cafe guidelines as we presented them today:

We started the day with a World Cafe, small group discussions on our learnings during the online phase, our ideas for future projects and applications for KS in our work. In three rounds participants got to know each other better and started to find areas of common interests.
A short reporting back was facilitated by Nancy who made the following visual summary of what participants highlighted from the group discussions:

World Cafe report back

Day 1 Agenda