Software success in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

The BBC posted an article on software success in Ghana. (I It is a nice example that it is possible to design technical software solutions in Ghana. I copied the picture from there). What you see in the picture is the way it works.

Vlogging in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

Click to Play I'm introducing the network GINKS in Ghana into the art of vlogging (not that I'm a specialist but I'm one step ahead of them). It's amazing that a vlog will solve all the problems they had with the management of their website!

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Culture: coffins in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana there are very special coffins in all kind of forms (planes, beer bottles, Nokia cellphones see photo). You can visit them in Teshie amongst others. But you can now order them online as well from eshopafrica.

Practical examples: CoPs in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

When I work in Ghana I am conscious of the fact that I don't know the context as a Ghanaian would and try to give different options when I propose something and ask for ideas and feedback.

Technology and the eclipse in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

As part of the tech forum- a meeting to bring some technical ICT4 development practitioners together to talk about their practice- we watched the eclipse in Ghana.

How to explain blogging in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

(picture:openingsceremony training web2.0 for journalists, source penplusbytes) I'm still catching up with my bloglines. after my summer holidays I could not keep up and have these kind of number (183) behind the blognames, which is extremely discouraging and even stopping me from reading.

Culture: Valentine's day in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

Another story about blending cultures: "Me Do Wu," My Val: The Creation of Valentine's Day in Accra, Ghana by Jo Ellen Fair who explains that: "Far from a story of cultural imperialism, the rise of Valentine's Day in present-day Accra shows that local adoption of global consumerist preferences is best understood as a local process imbued with local meanings and values, deliberately and rationally pursued."

Technology: embeddedness and escape in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

Technology: the relevance of web2.0 in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

today in Ghana and thought it would be quite web2.0 I did a presentation on web2.0 to blog some parts of the discussion before sharing it with my colleagues. :) Web2.0 was seen as very interesting, new and mindboggling. It comes with some preconditions: having the equipment, being connected and willing to communicate in an open, transparent way.

The tech forum in Ghana meets face-to-face

Joitske Hulsebosch

Today I co-facilitated a meeting of the 'tech forum' a group of ICT technicians who are active in ICT4D. We started last year with a meeting, and had a year of online exchange, which never took off full speed.

Technology: Dutch most computer literate and Ghana's rapidly changing telecommunications market

Joitske Hulsebosch

The picture shows the webroom of the Ghana dot gov project, a portal into Ghana. I was reading about Ghana's telecommunications market, when I came across the fact that the Dutch are the most computer literate in the world.

Pratical example: Obstacles to knowledge sharing experienced by a network in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

I vlogged Edward Addo-Dankwa (working for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana and a board member of GINKS , a network on ICT for development in Ghana) about cultural obstacles to knowledge sharing for networks in Ghana.

Practical example: Ghana 22nd of June 16:15

Joitske Hulsebosch

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8th of June: Join us for a Net-Map intro training in Reston, Virginia

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In 3 1/2 hours you will learn the basics of Net-Mapping, how it works, where and how we have used it to what effect and, most excitingly, get to draw your own Net-Map. Because you know very little about swimming until you jump in the water.

Bloggers Are Not Journalists – But They Are Abducted, Imprisoned Tortured and Assassinated the Same #HowManyMore

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Note: I am NOT saying the Press don’t need to be protected – Australia currently rank 28th between Ghana and Suriname for our press “freedoms ” and we’re heading DOWN the list. Shares Extract: George Brandis today said that “Bloggers are not Journalists” meaning they don’t need the same protection.

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5 ways how drawing helps you think better

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In the past year I have taken a deep dive into visual thinking and finally, seven years after developing Net-Map in the hot, dusty North of Ghana, I understood why it leads to the insights and transformations it facilitates.

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Joitske Hulsebosch

You can not be as active in 50 networks (I've seen NGOs in Ghana try this!). This quote is from Clay Shirky. A wonderful way of looking at the often mentioned problem of 'information overload'.

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How can social media support learning alliances/multistakeholder processses?

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana we have a collaborative forest management forum. Some time ago I was asked to facilitate a session on this topic. I didn't have time to blog it, but since I received a nice report (by CDI in Wageningen) so I thought it would be a nice opportunity to blog it and share the prezi I used.

My social learning experiences

Joitske Hulsebosch

I worked in Sekondi-Takoradi in Ghana in an advisory team. For a long time I organizing a blog carnival was on my bucket list and I finally took the plunge. I choose the topic: my example of social learning. Why this topic?

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Relief: Stop banging your head against that wall…

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A lot of my Net-Map sessions are about: “How do you achieve your goal (whether that is feeding children in Ghana or reorganizing a company in the US) and who will help / hinder you?” if you just can't help it: Bang head here (copyright by jcrakow on flickr). ” And I can see how mapping out all stakeholders and developing realistic strategies for their involvement can be hugely empowering.

SMS To Email

Joitske Hulsebosch

No more technical bandwith excuses not to blog in ghana. this is a test to blog by mobile phone from tamale.

The lion and the hunter

Joitske Hulsebosch

I found this image on the weblog of my friend Denise who lives in Ghana and she gave me permission to use it. The picture is taken at a mural at Fort Prinzenstein an old slave fort located near the Keta Lagoon Volta Region, Ghana.

Those little stress moments caused by technology hurdles.

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana, we could not book a direct flight to cut costs and then had to change planes in London. Here you see a picture of reduced pavement edge that makes me happy every time I cycle to the train station. On the way to my station, I had to move my bike high up on the sidewalk here.

Net-Map facilitation pointers: Links

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But even while staying within the same language, one word can have many meanings, e.g. in Ghana the term “motivation” is a material link, as it describes the money you receive before you start your work, to motivate you.

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How personal do you make your online personal branding?

Joitske Hulsebosch

I share my background working with SNV in Mali, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana. My daughter thinks I''m a complete loser on Instagram. If I put a photo on instagram I have 1 or two likes. She and her friends easily get 100.

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Some bloggers meet

Joitske Hulsebosch

Bensah , one of the most fanatic bloggers in Ghana. He is an author for the globalvoices for Ghana. On each country page there is a feed with blogposts, see the example for Ghana. We had a good brainstorm about the developing of ICT uses in Ghana.

The Network of Europe’s E. Coli (EHEC) Crisis

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In Ghana, we were able to point out how the structure of the compensation schemes created corruption hot spots at the border and where structural holes led to a risk of communication breakdowns. Does this look like a killer? picture by yogendra174 on flickr).

How do you play status games?

Net-Map Toolbox

Can you really refuse to play a status game, if the other person insists? picture copyright by Dano on flickr). I must say, I’d rather not. My favorite interactions are those that are guided by looking for connection or content, not for status.

Ready to elevate?

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This is my list: Assessing communication channels concerning avian influenza in Ghana , Ethiopia and Nigeria (Schiffer et al. Understanding the fisheries management in small reservoirs in northern Ghana (Hauck and Youkhana 2008 ). Do you have your elevator speach ready? Can you tell me why IT (whatever IT is) is so exciting in the time it takes to get from ground level to 4th floor? Even if you won’t ever elevate (what is the verb for taking the elevator?)

What can knowledge interventions contribute to development?

Joitske Hulsebosch

A network where people from Brasil, Indonesia, Ghana and other countries learn, but also people from Scotland. I was interviewed for Vice Versa and asked for input. It was a double interview together with Eric Smaling working for the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. An interesting combination as he is well grounded in the science world as professor. I will blog what I remember as main points and issues.

Practical examples so far

Joitske Hulsebosch

I thought I could list all practical examples I gathered so far, so that if people want to know about communities of practices in a development cooperation context I can refer to this blogpost.

The news: no news

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana, the Volta River Authority (VRA)'s main function is to generate and supply electrical energy in Ghana. For some time now, there is an energy crises in Ghana and every other day, you'll be 12 hours off electricity (alternating day and night shifts).

Let's improve our learning language as learning professionals

Joitske Hulsebosch

Just like my English has deteriorated when I lived in Ghana because you start to speak Ghanaian English (which has its charms ofcourse :). If the Sami eskimos have 180 words for snow - how come we as learning professionals have only one word for learning?

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Practical example: community of practice on e-government

Joitske Hulsebosch

(Picture: One of the ministry buildings in Ghana) The World Bank has embraced communities of practice as an important strategy for knowledge management. Ghana starts at 1:32 minutes :)).

Technology: using mobile phone sms-services to blog

Joitske Hulsebosch

I tried blogging from Ghana (Accra in the picture) using my Ghanaian Areeba sms service from my mobile phone. From my observations in Ghana; the sms to email service is seriously marketed, and might be an interesting application indeed, for instance sending information to a mailing list.

Practical example: Thailand

Joitske Hulsebosch

nice question to take along on my trip to Ghana and it reminds me that I read an article on social networks in Ghana I may review. David Mould has posted something in with regard to his experiences with communities of practice in Thailand: [link] I recognised especially his important point about the extensive social networks (from the countries I worked in), which are very effective in getting questions and answers across.

Communities of practice: expertise in CoPs

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana I had the impression my 3 years of work experience in Takoradi, Ghana, is still helping me in my work in Ghana, even though my current work is with different partners and in a completely different field (ICT4D). I also had a car conversation during my stay in Ghana about professors and how you recognise a good one. While reading my bloglines back in the Netherlands, I came across this post by Anecdote.

Technology: ICT, poverty and development

Joitske Hulsebosch

In July I was in Ghana to work with a network on ICT for development called GINKS ) and met Janet Kwami, an interesting researcher for the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Culture: different meanings attached to the same word

Joitske Hulsebosch

and yes, if it would be your first trip to Ghana, you might not know that milo is chocolate and lipton is tea either.) Yesterday I experienced a nice example of different meaning attached to words.

My OutStart Blog Posts – January 2012

Portals and KM

Mobile Learning Modernizes a Ghana University Making it Easier for Students to Learn and Communicate. As I mentioned on this blog I am now helping OutStart with their social media efforts as part of the OutStart team. I am one of several people contributing to our OutStart Knowledge Solutions Blog (see: My New Role within OutStart’s Social Media Efforts). I will not be repeating my posts for that blog on this blog. However, once a month I will post links to my writing there.