The Knowledge Sharing (KS) Tools and Techniques Workshop was successfully held during 28-30 November 2011 at Xixi 598 Hotel, Hangzhou for up to 40 Chinese government officials from around 10 different provinces. In the workshop, facilitators (including Ms. Meena Arivananthan, Ms Wang Weijing, Ms. Gong Zheng and I) introduced to and shared with participants about different KS tools and techniques. Participants also practiced on and reflected upon the KS tools. The reflective sessions were held immediately after each practice session so that participants can critically assess the feasibility of applying the KS tools in their work environment. In this piece of blogpost, the essence of our 3-day workshop in Hangzhou was illustrated.
On Day One, Mr. Liu, Shengan (Director of Foreign Capital Project Management Center (FCPMC) of State Council) kindly gave a welcoming speech. I am particularly impressed by Director Liu’s saying that the KS workshop was organized not only for facilitators to share knowledge about professional KS tools, but also for participants to co-learn from each others. As a facilitator, I am wholeheartedly wish Mr Liu's idea could be practically realized in the Hangzhou workshop. Subsequent to the welcoming ceremony, our experiential learning journey began. Chat Show, Jumpstart Storytelling and After Action Review (AAR) were introduced. Participants started to get familarised with each others as well as the learning environment and methods.
On Day Two, momentum started to emerge. A presentation competition was held after the Social Network Mapping exercise, in which participants voted for the best 3 presenters. After lunch break, an exercise (namely Deer-Hunter-Wall ) were conducted to energize participants. Subsequently, Peer Assist exercise was held. Officials from three new projects sought for advices on how to better execute their project work in the future. Counterparts from other projects instantly offered insightful feedback. In such sense, knowledge exchange between different provinces and projects was facilitated.
On the last day, the IFAD Asia Portal, its functions and its advantages were introduced. Workshop Facilitation Techniques were also shared with participants to better equip them with the skills to hold KS workshop in their own provinces. Finally, the workshop ended up with the Knowledge Café exercise. The discussion title was designed to be “ How to apply the KS tools and skills learnt in the three-day workshop in your workplace in individual, project and provincial level?” Many positive and innovative ideas were elicited throughout the process of Knowledge Cafe.
While the KS workshop has came to the end, I hope the spirit of knowledge sharing could be remained and sustained. I would like to thank all participants and the facilitator team for the memorable experiences in the KS workshop. Wish there’ll chances to meet you again in the near future !