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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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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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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.

How do you play status games?

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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.

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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).

Change: (You) say it, (I) do it (maybe…)

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Or the other way round. picture by psp. There might be people out there, who find all the change they need within themselves. But when I look at how Net-Map moved from toys in a cookie tin to what it is now, I know that I met a significant guide at most of the important cross-roads.

Strange

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This is what I wrote: “I’m German and live in Washington DC for 2 1/2 year now, before I lived and worked in Ghana, West Africa. Do you know the feeling: You only realize something, after you actually said it?

Well, I don’t know…

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And that reminded me of a situation in Ghana, where my young colleague was able to turn around this “I’ll rip your presentation to shreds&# atmosphere in the room into true helpfulness and support. I’m always interested in new challenges and I might have been in my own comfort zone for too long.

You know it (you just don’t know it)

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It’s been a while but the first time that this “power of Net-Map&# really became clear to me was probably when looking at communication networks in pro-poor Avian Influenza prevention in Ghana and Ethiopia. It doesn’t stop to amaze me and for me that is the golden moment in any Net-Map intervention, the reason why I do this and keep being excited. You know about everything there is to know in your subject area. I know close to nothing about it.

How can your business grow without loosing that great start-up energy?

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One colleague of mine in Ghana was really passionate about starting things from scratch and getting them going. That’s a question I Net-Mapped with a friend yesterday, whose consultancy business grew from 3 to 25 people in the last 5 years (congrats!). He still remembers how it felt in the beginning when there was that strong shared feeling of “We’re in this together!&# , “We will succeed against all odds!&# and “We will give our whole hearts to get there.&#

How can your business grow without loosing that great start-up energy?

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One colleague of mine in Ghana was really passionate about starting things from scratch and getting them going. That’s a question I Net-Mapped with a friend yesterday, whose consultancy business grew from 3 to 25 people in the last 5 years (congrats!). He still remembers how it felt in the beginning when there was that strong shared feeling of “We’re in this together!&# , “We will succeed against all odds!&# and “We will give our whole hearts to get there.&#

Growth

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In every project I do I learn something new, about corruption in Ghana or rice par-boiling in northern Nigeria. Profound moments happen at the unlikeliest times and places. This morning on the metro I was reading The Change Handbook (Holman, Devane and Cady) when all of a sudden I had a new insight about growth. I think it was spurred by their ideas about mastery.

The structural logic behind corruption

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My friends in northern Ghana though agreed that a road contractor who wasn’t prepared to pay his 10% to everyone involved would not get any jobs and so, by definition, not be a road contractor. Regina Birner has used Net-Map to visualize and summarize her findings about corruption in the construction of small reservoirs in Ghana and in forestry in Indonesia.

Moses Abukari writes: Sharing Net-Map among Development Practitioners

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In June 2008, IFAD organized a one-day knowledge event where I shared Net-Map based on an IFAD case study I did together with Eva and Jennifer Hauck in Ghana. We also used Net-Map to facilitate multistakeholders learning and sharing knowledge at an IFAD Knowledge Profiling in Ghana. One of the exciting things I did was to replicate the Ghana’s Net-Map experience in Mali.

What others write about Net-Map at the Knowledge ShareFair

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In Ghana and Mali, IFAD used Net Map ( [link] ) to map power asymmetries in pro-poor rural water. Vanessa Meadu of the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi sums up the experiences of using Net-Map that IFAD staff shared at the FAO Knowledge ShareFair in Rome: “Chase Palmieri discussed how an analysis of the IFAD Asia-Pacific network revealed a number of connections and activities that the network facilitators had not been aware of, such as new working relationships.

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

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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!

Culture: coffins in Ghana

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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

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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

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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.

Technology: energizing communities in Ghana

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In this webcast Mrs. Rosemond Kumah, the coordinator of ISODEC in Tamale, Northern Ghana talks about the way a video attracts people in a community in Ghana and influencing their thinking about girl's migration to the south. I made this webcast because I thought it was an interesting story about the way ICTs can support the work of community workers. Just later I thought it could be nice to blog it as well as an example of the way 'new' technologies can influence communication.

Culture: A presentation in Ghana

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We invited Mr. Boateng, board member from GAPVOD , a Ghanaian umbrella organisation for NGOs to talk about his experiences with networks in Ghana, so that GINKS can benefit from these lessons. It has happened to me before in Ghana, that various speakers had nice powerpoints, but the best presentation was by the person who excused himself that he had not had time to prepare a powerpoint, and he scribbled his ideas on the overhead sheet while talking I will add a picture later!

Culture: the functioning of networks in Ghana

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As I said in an earlier blogpost , Mr. Boateng who is a board member of GAPVOD, the NGO umbrella organisation of Ghana, gave an excellent and inspiring talk about networks in Ghana.

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How to explain blogging in Ghana

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(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

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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

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Technology: the relevance of web2.0 in Ghana

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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

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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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It's-not-information-overload-but-filter-failure

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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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My social learning experiences

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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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How can social media support learning alliances/multistakeholder processses?

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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.

SMS To Email

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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

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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.

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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.

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How personal do you make your online personal branding?

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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

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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.