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A Surge in Growth for a New Kind of Online Course

A Surge in Growth for a New Kind of Online Course | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
Three major sites have emerged in the last couple of years to offer massive open online courses, greatly expanding the opportunity to take college classes.
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Curious about MOOCs? Here's a primer.

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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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Welcome to the Learning Networks Resource Center

Welcome to the Learning Networks Resource Center | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

This Resource Center is a space for USAID and partner organizations interested in the learning network approach. While the information in the Center draws heavily from the experiences of the GROOVE Learning Network, it can be applied to any organization or donor interested in forming or learning more about USAID’s learning network approach. The Center is a companion resource to the "Practices of Successful Learning Networks" paper that further explains the learning network approach, provides reasons for utilizing learning networks, and discusses successful practices that emerged from the GROOVE Learning Network.

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USAID is always worth watching for its organizational learning and capacity building insights. This resource center is a couple of years old but they are currently updating it - watch this space.

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New USAID Handbook: How to Integrate Mobile Solutions into Development Projects | ICT Works

New USAID Handbook: How to Integrate Mobile Solutions into Development Projects | ICT Works | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

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A step-by-step guide to identifying when and how to use mobile devices and solutions in development (and conservation!) projects. Very timely!

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Claude Salem's curator insight, April 23, 2:21 AM

This and a companion document on Digital Finance  (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9uoWk64NuLfbVlCcXhHcTdtZ0U/view ;) reflects a real effort to come to grips with the rapidly evolving role of mobile in development. All the more reason to move carefully and systematically. 

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Training Community Champions | Northern Rangelands Trust

Training Community Champions | Northern Rangelands Trust | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

The Northern Rangelands Trust has partnered with the Samburu Girls Foundation to end harmful cultural practices, and empower women to be agents of change in their communities.

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Yet another breakthrough initiative from the Northern Rangelands Trust.

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Pacific Islands Face Shortage Of Experts Needed To Fight Climate Change

Pacific Islands Face Shortage Of Experts Needed To Fight Climate Change | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
SYDNEY, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many small Pacific Island states on the frontline of sea level rise and disaster threats are facing a shortage of the scientists, skilled professionals and technical experts they need to put in place ...
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The Pacific Islands need a Human Resource Bank to help them cope with the threats posed by our changing climate. Local jobs for professionals, adequate and appropriate training and education to foster those professionals, and ready access to relevant knowledge and expertise.

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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, 2014 6:45 AM

Good practical advice!

Rachael Johnson's curator insight, April 20, 6:22 AM

A useful and practical guide to aiding knowledge sharing within an organisation

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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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Faster Than 20

Faster Than 20 | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it
Exploring ways to accelerate our ability to make change collectively for a better world
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I'm just discovering Eugene Eric Kim (what took me so long?) who is all about collaboration and community. I love that he talks about collaborative literacy.

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Conservation Economics Initiative | Conservation Strategy Fund

Conservation Economics Initiative | Conservation Strategy Fund | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

Conservación Estratégica se complace en anunciar el siguiente webinar de nuestra serie Iniciativa de Economía para la Conservación, gracias al apoyo de la Fundación Gordon y Betty Moore y de la Fundación Marcia Brady Tucker.

La presentación "Expansión del Programa Socio-Bosque en las zonas de manglar del Ecuador: insumos técnicos para su implementación" se realizará el próximo Jueves 21 de mayo de 2015 a las 11am EDT | 10 am Colombia/Perú |
8 am PDT | 5 pm CEST, en asociación con el Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership - MESP (Asociación de Servicios Ecosistémicos Marinos) de la Universidad de Duke.

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The highly regarded Economic Tools for Conservation Course, from the Conservation Strategies Fund, has recently expanded its offerings to include webinars in partnership with Duke University. Among other enhancements, they now offer Spanish-language options.

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United for Wildlife: Upcoming online course

A new partnership called United for Wildlife is creating a free online course on wildlife conservation, open to everyone. Take their quick survey before 31st January for your chance to tell them what you’d like to learn: http://bit.ly/ufwlearn

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United for Wildlife is committed to increasing attention on the most pressing wildlife conservation issues of our time, from the rapid escalation of illegal wildlife trade to the challenges of demand reduction. What would you like to learn, in order to help?

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Making Sense of Nonprofit Collaborations

Making Sense of Nonprofit Collaborations | Conservation On The Ground: Leadership, Partnerships, Communities, Capacity | Scoop.it

The Bridgespan Group, in collaboration with The Lodestar Foundation, surveyed 237 nonprofit CEOs and 101 foundation officers in 2014 on their participation in four common forms of formal collaboration.

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Interesting results in Bridgespan's survey of nonprofit collaborations. "The study found three impediments to increasing collaboration that funders and nonprofits will need to address to make the most of the potential for collaboration:

Lack of funder support for collaboration: Nonprofits say they receive little support; funders say nonprofits don't ask.The difficulty of finding the right partner: Nonprofits rate this as their highest barrier, and grantmakers rate it their lowest.The downside of well-intentioned funder influence, particularly when it comes to joint programs: Nonprofits say joint programs have the highest failure rate, too often driven by funder requests; grantmakers say joint programs don't fail."
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CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP IN THE CARIBBEAN

Our Vision :  Healthy, functional marine and terrestrial Caribbean ecosystems enabling ecologically and economically sustainable development to meet both human and wildlife needs. 

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A new program to build strengthen the pipeline for conservation leadership. Looks like a great opportunity for 20 lucky emerging local leaders!

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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, 2014 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

www.barrfoundation.org

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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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