Today we’re going to explore one of the most effective ways of creating enduring change in farming communities: peer-to-peer learning! This is a way of working as enablers of change that can really build capacity and capability. Denise is currently involved in a large peer-to-peer project so she started thinking about this. It’s often hard to know where to start because peer-to-peer learning seems like it should be super-complicated and… Read more »Creating enduring change using peer-to-peer learning
In this blog post we will introduce you to a tool that is seriously cool and very useful if you’re working as an enabler of change – the sticky wall! These are amazing! The sticky wall means you can use A4 and A5 sized pages, without the need to use the expensive Post-it notes. Of course you still ask people to keep their ideas short and use markers so they’re… Read more »How to build a sticky wall
Today we’re going to explore the age old question of content versus process when you’re facilitating an event or a group of people. We’ve often heard debate around this as an enabler of change working in extension! Some people are adamant that you have to know the content, and others are equally adamant that it’s the process that helps enable change. But first of all, let’s make sure we know… Read more »Which is more important: content or process?
In this blog post we’ll give you a brief overview of the top five books that we think are useful to have on our bookshelf as enablers of change! John starts with the classic text, “Diffusion of innovations”, first published by Everett Rogers back in 1962. Rogers kept adding to it over the years, with the fifth and final edition being published in 2003. Sadly Rogers passed away the following… Read more »Top five books for enablers of change
Evaluation shouldn’t be just the add-on at the end of a project – it’s a core skill for enablers of change like ourselves! So let’s explore one framework for evaluation that’s been around for sometime – Bennett’s Hierarchy. In this blog post we’re going to explore what Bennett’s Hierarchy is and give you a few pointers for using it. To set the scene for this we head back to the… Read more »Bennett’s hierarchy: a simple yet powerful evaluation framework
In this post we’re talking all about time management and we’re going to share the top ten practical tips that actually work for us. There’s lots of other lists of time management practices, but many of those haven’t worked for us… perhaps they’re a bit too rigid or in some cases simplistic. So we’re going to share with you what works for us. Of course we acknowledge that time management… Read more »Top 10 tips for better time management
In this short blog post we’re doing our second mythbusters session! Let’s not just accept something because it’s been said so many times that most people believe it. We’re going to delve deeper and explore the facts. So, let’s explore the cone of learning and the suggestion that people only retain 20% of what they hear, compared with 90% of what they do! Most people have heard some kind of… Read more »Mythbuster… do people really only retain 20% of what they hear?
Today we’re going to explore a quick and simple way to have a structured conversation about something, or anything really! This is a very useful tool if you work in change and innovation, so if you aren’t sure what an ORID is, or if you do and want to know more, then this is for you! Firstly a bit of background on what on earth we are talking about when… Read more »Structured conversations using ORID
It’s almost embarrassing to write this blog post! Such a simple thing… but we’ve seen this done so badly over the years, we thought it was worth putting a short post together. What are we talking about? Name tags of course! We’ve all been to a workshop or conference, and had the dubious pleasure of not remembering the name of the person we’re chatting to and finding it almost impossible… Read more »Cheap but effective name tags
What if we could dramatically improve the adoption of innovations produced in our projects by one small design tweak? And especially those notoriously difficult and complex projects where there are no simple answers and multiple stakeholders involved. You might have heard about innovation, but in today’s blog we’re talking all about co-innovation: what it is and when it’s most appropriate to use. What is co-innovation? It is a systems-based approach… Read more »Enabling greater practice change using co-innovation