In this Enablers of change episode we’re going to revisit the Diffusion of innovations theory and explore some of the criticisms it’s received over time. We covered what the theory was in an earlier episode, so if you’re not familiar with the theory, it would be a good idea to start there! In that episode we explored some of the research that helped Rogers describe the diffusion of innovations.… Read more »What’s so wrong with the Diffusion of innovations theory?
You’ve probably heard about the Diffusion of innovations theory and perhaps you’ve realised that you’re not quite sure what it is and what it means for us as enablers of change. You may have heard of Rogers, but have you heard of Ryan and Gross, who actually conducted the initial research? In this episode we’re going to revisit the Diffusion of innovations theory. It’s been central to a great deal… Read more »What is the Diffusion of innovations theory?
What’s one simple thing you could do to improve your productivity and make better decisions? In this post we’re going to explore the benefits of scheduling breaks into your day. John enjoyed reading Daniel Pink’s book When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing. It draws upon research from psychology, biology and economics, to reveal the best time to do various activities. Are you a coffee drinker? If you are,… Read more »Take a break and increase your productivity
Have you ever been to a training course and become all excited about putting some new strategies into place, only to find that a few weeks later you are back in the same routine and have not really changed anything you thought you would? This is a common story, so today we’re exploring this issue and what actually helps an event make an impact. Robert Brinkerhoff, an American professor… Read more »How to get greater impact from your events
How often have you been facilitating a workshop, whether that be online or physically together, only to get the end and realise that you’ve now got the unenviable job of having to write up all the notes from the workshop? And although you may not have received awards in school for your handwriting, we are here to tell you that other people’s handwriting can be even worse! Denise has… Read more »Help, how can I easily collate information from a workshop?
Welcome folks to a new year, and congratulations on surviving 2020… what a rollercoaster year that was! While the effects of COVID-19 have certainly been disruptive here in Australia and New Zealand, we feel for the other countries where it has been absolutely devastating. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones as a result, or whose employment has suffered. We also recognise that we… Read more »Welcome to 2021!
Ouch, you’ve just realised you need to look for a new job. Where do you start and what should you make sure you do? Unfortunately as a result of COVID-19, many people are finding themselves without a job. This is often a really horrible situation, so let’s dive in and share some ideas with you. Some say the only certainties in life are death, taxes and change! That may… Read more »Ouch, do you need to find a new job?
We launched the Enablers of Change concept at the APEN conference in Darwin on the 13th of September 2019, so we’re celebrating our first anniversary! We know many of you are wondering what the story is behind this adventure story, and how we got here today. So happy first anniversary to us – we’ve made it through a whole year! And this is our 36th episode. That’s three dozen… Read more »Happy 1st anniversary! The story behind this adventure story…
If you were just starting out as a newly appointed extension agent, what advice do you wish you’d been told? In today’s episode we’re going to talk about our top tips for those of you who might be new to extension. Maybe you’re wondering, what should I try, who should I talk to, what should I read? Maybe you just need to get your teeth into your new job! Whatever… Read more »Four top tips for newcomers to extension
Agricultural extension has changed markedly during the last 50 years. In this article we’ll give a brief overview of the modern evolution of extension and we’ll hopefully illustrate that we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. There is no one approach that works – so understanding some of the different approaches, and incorporating them into our work when appropriate, can be really useful when working as enablers of change.… Read more »The modern evolution of agricultural extension