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Gather: The Art and Science of Effective Convening : The Rockefeller Foundation

Over the last century, The Rockefeller Foundation has seen the incredible power of convening to create shared diaglogue, to debate pathways to impact and to catalyze groundbreaking ideas and history making sectors.

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Looks like a useful resource for planning effective meetings. From the Rockefeller Foundation and Monitor Institute.

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Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread?

Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread? | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
In the era of the iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter, we want frictionless, “turnkey” solutions to the major difficulties of the world. We prefer instructional videos to teachers, drones to troops, incentives to institutions.
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Why do some innovations go viral, while others don't get any attention at all? "We yearn for frictionless, technological solutions. But people talking to people is still the way that norms and standards change."

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The Return of Capacity Building (SSIR)

The Return of Capacity Building (SSIR) | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
It’s time for a renewed conversation about building the systems, structures, and skills for social sector excellence.
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Indeed it is.

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Innovation: africa projects

Innovation: africa projects | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
our projects :: Since our founding in 2008, Innovation: Africa has brought light, clean water, drip irrigation and refrigeration for lifesaving medicines and vaccines to over 350,000 African people - Innovation Africa’s mission is to bring Isareli innovation to African villages.

Via Claude Salem
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Can conservation learn from development, once again?

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Claude Salem's curator insight, November 3, 2:38 PM

A determined approach to sustainable Energy (solar) First. Excellent approach & enabling of local capacity. Well worth an extended visit to the site and to individual projects in water agriculture and health . 

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Capacityforconservation.org, a new self-serve website for organizational development

Capacityforconservation.org, a new self-serve website for organizational development | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

Capacity for Conservation is an aid to self-led organisational development. It aims to support you to strengthen your organisation to achieve – and sustain – your conservation and organisational development goals.

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Check out Capacity for Conservation, a new self-serve website to help organizations grow stronger. Congratulations to the team and partners who developed this - looks like a great tool!

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Indigenous rangers: an initiative worth nurturing

Indigenous rangers: an initiative worth nurturing | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

SO Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas are a federal government investment that is paying off for all Australians.

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So great to see Indigenous Australians increasingly empowered and enabled to take ownership of their lands and their futures.

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Climate Change Resilience and Conservation in Northern Kenya | Northern Rangelands Trust

Climate Change Resilience and Conservation in Northern Kenya | Northern Rangelands Trust | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
In 2011, eastern Africa experienced one of the worst droughts in its recent history. Few felt the burden of this more than the pastoralists whose livelihoods depended on good rains. Three years on, we look at what measures the communities of northern Kenya are putting in place to develop their resilience against climate change.
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The remarkable story of the Northern Rangelands Trust, as told in maps, pictures, and very meaningful numbers. @NRT_Kenya

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Accept the Smartphone Reality in Development. Everyone Else Has | ICT Works

Accept the Smartphone Reality in Development. Everyone Else Has | ICT Works | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
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Barr Fellowship Logic Model

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A Logic Model for a Leadership Learning Network designed to improve civic society in Boston. Great stuff!

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BirdLife International announces new Chief Executive | BirdLife

BirdLife International announces new Chief Executive | BirdLife | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
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In a field with too few female leaders, BirdLife shows us the way. Ms. Zurita is Ecuadorean and has a background in capacity building. How cool is that?

 

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Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management? No problem.

Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management?  No problem. | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
It’s only in the last few years that I’ve come to appreciate(!) the connections between my world of KM and organizational learning, and the  philosophical mindset which underpins Appreciative Inqui...
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Appreciative Inquiry as part of the KM toolkit. A how-to guide.

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Community Conservation in Kenya a shining example of USAID Biodiversity Policy | Northern Rangelands Trust

Community Conservation in Kenya a shining example of USAID Biodiversity Policy | Northern Rangelands Trust | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
 CEO of The Northern Rangelands Trust, an umbrella organisation for community conservancies in northern Kenya, speaks at the launch of the USAID Biodiversity Project on Capitol Hill.
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NRT moves from strength to strength

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Home : White Men as Full Diversity Partners

Home : White Men as Full Diversity Partners | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

15 years creating powerful partnerships across differences

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Really glad to learn that this organization exists. Thanks Karen Poiani and Mark Burget for continuing to broaden TNC's horizons!

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Design Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation

Design Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
When design thinking is applied to strategy and innovation, the success rate for innovation dramatically improves. Learn how to think like a designer.

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Design Thinking framework

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What social-sector leaders need to succeed | McKinsey & Company

What social-sector leaders need to succeed | McKinsey & Company | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

Chronic underinvestment is placing increasing demands on social-sector leaders in the US. New research suggests ways they can meet the leadership challenge. A McKinsey & Company article.

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It's a classic challenge in capacity building outside the US - often when a good leader leaves, his or her organization's effectiveness declines because there isn't a good succession plan or sufficient bench strength. (nb bench strength is a western sports term, not understood in many cultures). Now we're seeing this in the US, too.

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How Should We Organise for the Social Era?

How Should We Organise for the Social Era? | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
Our organisations are idea-processing machines. This means that we need to think about how we get work done in new ways. There are some fascinating lessons in how to do this in the world's first organisation chart, from 1854!
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Networks for the knowledge economy
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How to build a smart climate knowledge network

How to build a smart climate knowledge network | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
Geoff Barnard, CDKN's Senior Strategic Advisor for Knowledge Management, outlines the steps that need to be taken in the online climate knowledge marketplace to make life easier for information users.[more...]
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Really useful insights on the increasingly important role of knowledge brokers in a data-saturated world.

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Tom Lalampaa Goes to NYC to Collect Equator Prize | Northern Rangelands Trust

Tom Lalampaa Goes to NYC to Collect Equator Prize | Northern Rangelands Trust | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
Some fantastic images of NRT's Tom Lalampaa in New York this week, collecting the Equator Prize on behalf of NRT and the community conservancies
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SO GREAT!! Huge congratulations to the NRT and to Tom!

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Knowledge Sharing Tools and Methods Toolkit - home

Knowledge Sharing Tools and Methods Toolkit - home | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

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The Knowledge Sharing Toolkit, a project of KM4Dev, CGIAR, FAO, UNICEF and UNDP, is looking great and is hugely useful! Check it out.

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7 Ways to Encourage Knowledge Sharing Within Your Company - SmallBizClub

7 Ways to Encourage Knowledge Sharing Within Your Company - SmallBizClub | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

The single most important element of knowledge management is knowledge sharing. 

7 ways to encourage it:

Set an example at the top
Provide guidance
Provide adequate time
Make it easy
Gamify it
Incentivize it
Encourage alternative methods of sharing


Via Karen du Toit
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We do need to get this figured out.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 18, 6:45 AM

Good practical advice!

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Power to the People: Community Based Marine Conservation

Power to the People: Community Based Marine Conservation | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
Local communities are working together to manage their coastal marine resources. Learn how Pate Marine Community Conservancy is revamping marine conservation.
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Great description of how TNC works with local communities to help them identify and achieve common goals.

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IPCCA Methodological Toolkit

IPCCA Methodological Toolkit | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

This toolkit presents a practical methodology for developing and facilitating local climate assessments by indigenous peoples and practical examples to support their local
implementation.


Via Capacity.org
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From Capacity.org: IPCCA local assessments ... monitor local climatic conditions and trends and their impacts on local livelihoods and wellbeing. Cumulatively, the assessments are contributing to the systematic documentation of indigenous knowledge and practices for building evidence-based community adaptation plans.

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This initiative is part of the Indigenous Peoples' Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA), which began to work on local assessments in 2009.


IPCCA local assessments are currently underway in a variety of biocultural systems around the world. They monitor local climatic conditions and trends and their impacts on local livelihoods and wellbeing. Cumulatively, the assessments are contributing to the systematic documentation of indigenous knowledge and practices for building evidence-based community adaptation plans.



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The internal KM consultant, methods, analysis, case example

The internal KM consultant, methods, analysis, case example | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
The internal KM consultant Step 1: problem identification (a step series toward excellent knowledge capability)
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"A good internal consultant needs to get a grip of the complex whole – think about understanding the external environment (political, economic, social, technological, environmental, legal, cultural); the needs of adult learners; the challenges of increasing complexity in business environments; the emergence of new financial reporting models that include “tacit knowledge systems” et al. (all have been discussed in this bog)"

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Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
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Thought-provoking. "Networks are in a state of perpetual Beta. Unlike hierarchies, they can continuously change shape, size, and composition, without the need for a formal reorganization. Our thinking needs to continuously change as well. Of course this means letting go of control. Hierarchies were essentially a solution to a communications problem. They are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and hard to share, and when connections with others were difficult to make. That time is over."

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An Experiment 'Goes Wild' in Kenya: Locally-Run Conservancies Are Meeting the Needs of Wildlife, Livestock, and People

An Experiment 'Goes Wild' in Kenya: Locally-Run Conservancies Are Meeting the Needs of Wildlife, Livestock, and People | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
Over 10 million acres of this country have been formally set aside in just the last few years for community-based conservation benefiting people and wildlife alike. Among the more unexpected items being conserved along with the wildlife here is peace...
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So great to see the Northern Rangelands Trust and other community-led conservation initiatives getting this kind of coverage. 10 million acres under collaborative management in Kenya are benefiting people and wildlife, and bringing peace.

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Fishing’s New Business Model - The Nature Conservancy, California

Fishing’s New Business Model - The Nature Conservancy, California | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
The Nature Conservancy in California leased permits to fishermen who adopted new techniques that increased jobs, protected our coast and put high-quality seafood on the table.
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From another piece covering this work: "Since 2006 we've been working with several ports across California to help rebuild the recently collapsed groundfish fishery. In those efforts, we learned that the best way to effect change in fisheries is to empower and organize local community leaders who have the most at stake."

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eLearning Africa Press information

eLearning Africa Press information | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

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"Distance Learning Centers from the AADLC (Africa Association of Distance Learning Centers ) are a valuable resource for Africa's capacity development efforts."

 

I want to learn more!

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Claude Salem's curator insight, June 6, 1:16 PM

Distance Learning Centers from the AADLC (Africa Association of Distance Learning Centers ) are a valuable resource for Africa's capacity development efforts.