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Are you struggling with survey fatigue?

We’ve recently been hearing how hard it is to get a decent number of responses to a survey. And we’ve also heard from people who are working on projects where there is reluctance to send out “yet another survey”, because they think farmers are feeling over-surveyed. So we wondered whether survey fatigue is really true and what we might do to overcome it. To start with, we should emphasise… Read more »Are you struggling with survey fatigue?

What’s the best online collaboration tool to replace Jamboard?

We got a shock the other day when we opened an email from Google saying that they were discontinuing Jamboard. Once Denise got past her initial reaction of “No, they can’t!” we realised we needed to find an alternative! So what can we use instead of Jamboard? What are the options and which is the best? In this episode we’re going to explore some of the alternatives to Jamboard… Read more »What’s the best online collaboration tool to replace Jamboard?

Kotter’s 8-step process for leading change

We’ve talked about different change models in the past, and in this episode we’re focusing on John Kotter’s 8-step process for leading change. It comes from his book, Leading change, and he also used it in his subsequent book—Our iceberg is melting—an easy-to-read fable about a group of penguins dealing with change. Kotter’s eight steps provide a framework for groups and organisations to navigate and implement change effectively. As… Read more »Kotter’s 8-step process for leading change

Using Appreciative Inquiry in extension

In this episode, we’re going to discuss AI… not Artificial Intelligence, or even Artificial Insemination, but the other AI, Appreciative Inquiry! We want to unpack what Appreciative Inquiry is and how might we use it in our role as enablers of change.  As enablers of change, we often face complex and uncertain situations that require us to adapt and innovate. Our role may involve highlighting solutions to technical problems… Read more »Using Appreciative Inquiry in extension

Teams vs Zoom: which is better for online workshops?

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  • Webinars

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a change in the use of online tools amongst enablers of change. Obviously at times it was the only way of running activities safely. But now we’re in the new normal and thinking about how to effectively engage farmers as part of our role, so we’re wondering, what’s the best online platform for workshops? Especially with farmers? Is there any data on… Read more »Teams vs Zoom: which is better for online workshops?

Using an unconference to boost innovation

Hey there, fellow enablers of change! In this episode, let’s dive into something exciting and unconventional that can truly shake up the way we do things – the unconference approach. So, grab a cuppa, sit back, and let’s explore this game-changing concept together. Have you ever attended a conference where you felt bored by the presentations, frustrated by the lack of interaction, or disappointed by the relevance of the… Read more »Using an unconference to boost innovation

Working backwards to achieve greater impact

Usually when we start a project, we start at the beginning and move forward, but here’s an interesting approach used by Amazon that turns that on its head. In this episode, we’re exploring the Working backwards approach.  Imagine that enablers of change like us began their projects by writing down a vivid, farmer-centric outcome. This approach, known as Amazon’s “working backwards” method, involves drafting a mock press release. This… Read more »Working backwards to achieve greater impact

How learning science can help improve our impact

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  • Learning

As enablers of change, we often want to help farmers learn new skills and practices that can boost their productivity, profitability and resilience. But how do we know what works best when it comes to teaching and learning? How can we design and deliver learning activities that are effective, engaging and relevant for diverse contexts and audiences? In this episode, we’re going to delve into how learning science can… Read more »How learning science can help improve our impact

Using AIDA to boost marketing impact

Struggling to get more people to attend your events? Would you like to be turning people away as your events are too popular? Then it’s worth a read of this episode! We’ll explore how we can use one of the oldest tools in the marketing arsenal—the AIDA principle—to boost our marketing impact. On a side note—we’re not actually sure how you pronounce this—if you listen to our podcast or… Read more »Using AIDA to boost marketing impact

Understanding causation and correlation

As enablers of change, we sometimes find ourselves navigating the interesting landscape of evaluation and data analysis. Within this space, two foundational concepts emerge: causation and correlation. In this episode, we explore the subtle yet critical difference between these concepts. Causation is a critical concept for us as enablers of change. Causation involves establishing a direct cause-and-effect connection between two variables. In other words, when one variable changes, it… Read more »Understanding causation and correlation