I did not think seriously about the fact that I could be a leader until I participated in a facilitation skills workshop for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in March 2016.
Participatory decision-making is essential to international agricultural research programs. Facilitation helps tackle it head-on and methodically. ILRI has understood this and is investing in this skill through training various staffs and further developing in-house capacity for group facilitation beyond the training.
Everyone organizes or attends meetings all the time. But the vast majority of these are under-performing, under-delivering and leave us sooner empty than energized. The Engagement and Collaboration team of the ILRI communication and knowledge management unit can turn these meetings into successful, productive, long-lasting milestones. Here’s how.
How many meeting have you been to this week, month, year? How many of them left you feeling drained and under-utilized? Bring a facilitator as the answer to this dreadful ‘deadbeat meeting zone’.
A lot of events end up being ‘Death-by-PowerPoint’ executions, by design and default. ILRI CKM support much more interactive events than those. But even with a PowerpPoint recital, a lot can be done to improve how they are run. This post presents such ideas, drawing from a recent example.
Introducing the work of ILRI’s engagement and collaboration team in the communications and KM group.
This week is ‘Open Access Week’ with lots of activities happening worldwide. A good week to celebrate the freedom of information to circulate. This week is also ‘International Facilitation Week’; also a good opportunity to wonder how open facilitation helps knowledge circulate just as openly…