Eight participants, and two facilitators of the first KS Workshop are joining efforts to write a joint article about their multiple perspectives around knowledge sharing in the context of our workshop experience. I am talking about Alessandra Galié (ICARDA), Ben Hack (consultant), Alexandra Jorge (ILRI / Bioversity), Florencia Tateossian (CGIAR Secretariat), Andrea Pape-Christiansen (ICARDA), Vanessa Meadu (World Agroforestry Centre), Michael Riggs (FAO), Gauri Salokhe (FAO), Nancy White (consultant) and myself.

What are we trying to do?
We want to share and document a snapshot of our professional lives, at the moment when the KS workshop took place. Clearly, our backgrounds, current responsibilities, and applications of tools and methods learned in the KS workshop are diverse and we hope that we can provide readers with multiple perspectives on, and examples of, the contributions of “modern” KS approaches to our development work. Overall we will look at the value or significance of KS approaches (and the KS workshop itself) to us as international development professionals?

How are we getting this done?
In order to get such a joint article done, we benefit from the help of Gerry Toomey, a science writer who will coordinate our efforts and edit the different pieces as a whole. Gerry had short interviews with each of us and just sent us some guidelines so we can work on our individual contributions. For this enterprise we use a wiki set up as a private space. Each of us has a personal page where we can compose or paste in our texts. While we will not be editing anyone else’s text, we are all encouraged to leave comments, questions, suggestions, or words of encouragement on each other’s pages. Gerry will then work with each of us individually on our drafts.

We are all looking forward to it and hope to come back to you soon with a useful piece. Happy writing to all!

Overall: You should obtain an understanding and appreciation of the role and value of KS in research and institutional arenas; undergo experiences on how to apply KS concepts and approaches; and interact effectively with CGIAR staff and partners.

* Phase 1: An overview of KS methods and principles; and opportunities to apply them.

* Phase 2: Develop Action Plans to implement KS methods and principles in new or ongoing institutional or research projects.

* Phase 3: Coached experience on carrying out KS projects, and joint publication.

Phase 1 (1 hour daily expected): DISCOVER

* WEEK 1 – Finding Common Ground. Get to know each other and build our learning community. Share our environments: Our poeple, networks, challenges and opportunities.

* WEEK 2 and 3 – Exploring the Landscape. About people, tools, and processes. Get clarity on our audiences and the purpose of our KS activities. Explore how a variety of tools and methods can help achieve our purposes and reach our audiences, and how to choose the right ones.

* WEEK 4 – Homesteading. Digging in deeper: Exploring key topics of interest that emerged throughout phase 1.

Between phases 1 and 2: Preparation for the face-to-face meeting. Scanning the KS areas that phase-2 participants would like to explore. Team up participants in KS focus groups.

Phase 2 (face-to-face): FOCUS
* DAY 1 – Define a KS “project” for each focus group; Build the project’s vision, objectives, and strategy outline.
* DAY 2 – With support from KS coaches, focus groups explore specific principles and methods of interest to the group. These are shared in the plenary session.
* DAY 3 – Design project action plans, explore adaptations, and obtain adoption by participants’ individual centers or organizations. Share in plenary session.

Phase 3: APPLY
* With support from a coach, participants carry out a KS activity that had been designed and planned in phase 2.
* Participants interactively document their experiences. A joint publication is envisioned.