Sunday, 31 August 2008

The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Conference in Groningen

The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) of the Europe region’s 2008 Conference is being held 3 -5 October 2008. Preconference sessions are on 1 and 2 October 2008. The conference is sponsored by the School of Communications and Media, Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen The Netherlands.

The theme of the conference is: Facilitation - Profession of Bridging Cultures. For more information visit

The IAF Conference will include Pre-Conference Sessions

In addition to the regular conference sessions there are special Pre-Conference Sessions on 1 – 2 October are an opportunity to follow outstanding facilitator training programmes at reduced cost prior to the conference. This year’s pre-conference opportunities are:

NLP for Facilitators by Simon Wilson and Carol Sheriff
The Effective Facilitator Accelerated Workshop by Michael Wilkinson
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: The Facilitator’s Path to Authentic Cross-Cultural Practice by Nanci Luna Jimenez and Associates
Creating a Holistic Facilitation Process that Fosters ‘Inclusivity’ by Gary Rush
Facilitation from the Inside Out by John Epps

Information is now available on the IAF Europe Conference website ( The programme has been posted. Have a look at the diversity of sessions available in this year’s IAF Europe Conference!

If you have any other questions please contact Jon Jenkins at

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Milestones and Celebrations

In a moment we are celebrating with coffee and cake the birthday of two dear colleagues. It is always nice to celebrate milestones and special moments.

Just 5 minutes ago we also passed a moment to mark. No reason to shoud it in the hallway, but allow me to celebrate that as colleagues we just added the 1000 th bookmark to our set of shared Compartuser favourites at Delicious !!

Link number 1000 that was added is on a draft document for the Accra Agenda for Action to reach the Milennium goals !!

Our Delicious effort is to practice knowledge sharing and learning !! Up to the 2000 th shared links !! But now it's time for coffee, and cake. Happy birthday Justine and Lisette !!

Saturday, 9 August 2008

About the new Delicious

Jul 31 2008

Via the Delicious blog - "Oh happy day — the new Delicious is here
Over the past few days we’ve been transitioning Delicious over to our new platform, quietly starting with RSS feeds and APIs. Today we’re taking the final step and flipping the switch on the new web site:

The new Delicious is just like the old, only faster, easier to learn, and hopefully more delightful to use and to look at. Here are the main changes:

Speed: We’ve moved to a new infrastructure that makes every page faster. This new platform will enable us to keep up with traffic growth while ensuring Delicious is responsive and reliable. You may not have noticed, but the old back-end was getting creaky under the load of five million users.

Search: We’ve completely overhauled our search engine to make it faster and more powerful. Searches used to take ages to return results; now they’re very quick. The new search engine is also smarter, and more social: you can search within one of your tags, another user’s public bookmarks, or your social network. Now it’s easier to take advantage of the expertise and interests of your friends, not to mention the Delicious community at large.

Design: Finally, we’ve updated the user interface to improve usability and add a few often-requested features (such as selectable detail levels and alphabetical sorting of bookmarks). Our goal has been to keep the new design similar in spirit to the old one, so all of you veterans should be able to jump in without any confusion. At the same time, we’re hoping that newcomers to Delicious will find it easier to learn. Check out the What’s New page for an overview of the changes, or watch this animation that sums it up nicely!"

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Digerati Wannabe

Good chance you know what serendipity is. Looking for something specific and finding a connection you were not looking for, but which link appears to be of at least as much value than what you searched for.

This occurred to me today. While I was checking some resources on collaborative work environments I ran into a blog that caused such an unexpected surprise.

It is a weblog with the name 'A Digerati Wannabe'. Triggered by that title 'Digerati' I checked it out and found some great 'thoughts about knowledge management, development work, life'.

You may want to decide for yourself and see what's in it for you! To know more about the owner and author Michael Riggs, don't forget to look at Michaels LinkedIn profile. Happy reading !!

P.S.: added Riggs favourites to my personal network and sent an invite to connect and stay in touch via LinkedIn, and looked at my new heroes website on e-agriculture!