Beads - Passion for Facilitation

Capacity development, learning, change, poverty/power/progress

Blog about learning/change, facilitation, systems: small groups and large scale processes, and poverty/power/progress.


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Data without brokers

I was reading Ian Thorpe's latest blogpost on Open data - experience needed. Insightful as usual, weighing the pro's and cons of the fact that more and more development data are being made available publicly.…


Added by Lucia Nass on October 6, 2011 at 10:28 — 3 Comments

Exchange Visits Among Local Organizations—Here’s How!

Stronger, more sustainable community-based organizations can contribute to a more effective and participatory civil society response to the needs of vulnerable people in the developing world.

Donors can support organizations even at the beginning stages of organizational development with an intent to leave groups stronger than when they first entered into partnership. Different types of capacity building activities such as exchange visits and mentoring relationships between…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 3, 2011 at 22:33 — No Comments

Culturally sensitive?

I have lived in different cultures for more than half of my life. It has changed me in many ways; see for instance my blogpost about Facilitator Certification. Not only I have changed, my native country, The Netherlands, has changed too. The Dutch politics are beyond me these days, and I also find people much more stressed. When I stand in line in the supermarket to pay for…


Added by Lucia Nass on September 29, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Output –v- Outcome

The term “outcome” is probably the most misunderstood term in the International Development field.  Either that or it becomes the most misused term in international development and I would prefer to think it is the former rather than the latter, because the latter would imply an intent that serves no-one at all.

Mind you, the ID field is not alone when it comes to misunderstanding the term outcome.  To put it simply – if you produce something, that is an output.  An outcome occurs as…


Added by Russell Lewis on September 26, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Facilitating access to knowledge - a climate change example

This new Climate Planning site brings together over all sorts of tools for climate change planning. Although it is focused on tools for policy makers, it does include sub-national/community/human rights based tools like CARE's Climate Vulnarability and Capacity Assessment Handbook.

I'm blogging about this site for two reasons:

  1. It’s a great example of how to make a large variety of knowledge/toolkits easily…

Added by Lucia Nass on September 26, 2011 at 8:08 — No Comments

Learning the how is not enough

I first posted this at The Broker Online - but felt that it was suitable for this site as well.


As international development practitioners and organisations, we should be more insistent on incorporating more underlying essential skills development that enables effective institutional development, sustainable capacity building, widespread community involvement and improved human wellbeing.

Are our capacity building models adequate for the task of improving human…


Added by Russell Lewis on September 25, 2011 at 9:04 — 1 Comment

Making sense of varying perspectives among professionals

A literature review by chance2sustain on water governance approaches made me think about my ‘building professional bridges’ quest from the angle of differing perspectives.

I had been exploring two broad perspectives categories so far, that of the conservation/ecosystems (ecosystems based approaches to climate change) and the development/empowerment communities (community based approaches to climate change). Of course such… Continue

Added by Lucia Nass on September 21, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments

Bellagio Initiative: Human Wellbeing for All

The Broker is leading an online discussion on the Bellagio Initiative. In a nutshell this initiative aims to rethink development and phylanthrophy for the 21st century. In this blog, I answer some of the questions:


  • Should growth end?
  • What to make of increasing conflicts, and how to act?
  • Why is the Aid Industry…

Added by Lucia Nass on September 16, 2011 at 7:56 — No Comments

Bridging professional divides

In my previous blog, I mentioned that the climate change world is filled with attempts to “integrate”, for instance integrating climate change adaptation into ongoing development programs. Big challenges like climate change adaptation require professionals from vary different scientific backgrounds and value systems to overcome their differences and develop joint action and research initiatives. In this context, I launched a search for experiences with bridging professional…


Added by Lucia Nass on July 20, 2011 at 5:00 — No Comments

Observing the Climate Change World

I have entered the world of climate change adaptation. We all live in this climate changed world, but I now get paid, as a Capacity Development professional (!) to intervene in it.


My orientation around the web revealed a mind boggling number of websites for the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) practitioner, and I have already come across two studies comparing all the training manuals that have been developed in this field. Much of this fragmentation seems to come from the way…


Added by Lucia Nass on July 6, 2011 at 10:44 — No Comments

Facilitator Certification

I have always been able to confidently claim ‘’passion for facilitation”, and have actually chosen it as the title for my blog, but now I can also claim to meet international standards, and can call myself Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF).

 On May 26, I participated in a certification day organised by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). I have been a member of the IAF for many years, and I…


Added by Lucia Nass on June 5, 2011 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

People do not care. Or do they?

People seem to have lost interest in development aid, and yet they also seem to find poverty and widespread inequality unacceptable. What's wrong with this picture?

I came across this short video from TED (their mission is spreading ideas), which shows a talk from Dave Meslin, a community choreographer as he calls himself, from Toronto Canada. Dave speaks about why people do not seem to care about (local) politics. It just takes 7 minutes.



Added by Lucia Nass on April 26, 2011 at 11:14 — No Comments

Market thinking to enhance ownership of capacity development processes

(I wrote this blogpost together with Nicolette Mathijssen, was published on 17 March 2011 for an upcoming online discussion "Capacity: on the brink of maturity?" in The Broker)

Ownership is an important issue in Capacity Development (CD) processes. People and organisations don’t develop simply because an outsider believes it needs to happen. This argument is…


Added by Lucia Nass on April 12, 2011 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Beads - passion for facilitation

I have wanted to start a blog for a while now. In many ways I am a collector, and I would like to make my collections available to others. The risk with collectors is that they tend to find more and more interesting things around which collections could grow, and then run out of space. I therefore see my blog as a way to keep focus and give room to a big passion of mine: working with people’s change towards situations that are more ideal and just. This collection will, at least for starters,…


Added by Lucia Nass on April 12, 2011 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

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