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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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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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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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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.

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).

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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.

2012 106

Same, same but different

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When doing Net-Maps with different people about the same question, we face the following dilemma: We want them to be free to mention any actor who comes to mind, whoever is involved in, let’s say innovation in the poultry sector in Ethiopia or managing small reservoirs in Ghana.

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?

2010 116

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.

2010 98

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.&#

2011 104

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?)

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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.&#

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

2006 130

Technology: energizing communities in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

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.

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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!

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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

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Practical example: Ghana 22nd of June 16:15

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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.

2006 100

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.

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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.

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.

2006 100

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).

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Practical example: community of practice on e-government

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(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 :)).

2005 130

Technology: using mobile phone sms-services to blog

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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.

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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 com-prac@yahoogroups.com 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.

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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.

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