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Update on the Barefoot Guide 5 on Evaluation
On November 6th, 2014, a group of practitioners met in Paris for a first meeting to conceptualise the next Barefoot Guide – number 5. The theme “Evaluation and Social Change” seems to be taking hold. We spoke of “evaluation” as a multi-layered process that involves many forms of feedback, learning and accountabilities, acknowledging both its vital and problematic roles in the processes and practices of leading, facilitating or supporting social change.
Over thirty people also sent in ideas and several indicated that they want to get involved.
This meeting helped us come up with some big ideas, and have a general view of what the BFG5 process will look like. We are thinking of holding several Writeshops in different languages, on different continents. English, French, Spanish/Portuguese, Russian and Chinese are all being considered.
We are also hoping to train-up a core of Writeshop facilitators to run these processes to spread the capacity.
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New Guides and Resources
Using Pantoums for Deeper
Reflections - 3 versions
This is a lovely exercise to open or to close a session. In a very structured way, sentence by sentence, all participants are able to write a poem which reflects their feelings and thoughts in a way that gets around self-censorship, opening the way for more authentic conversation. (The Pantoum is is a form of poetry derived from the Pantun, a Malay verse form - specifically from the pantun berkait, a series of interwoven quatrains). We have given 3 different sets of instructions as examples for how this can be adapted - e.g. for visioning, for connecting with work and the will, for facing loss or pain.
La Guía Descalza de Prácticas de Aprendizaje para Organizaciones y Cambio Social
Estamos felices de anunciar la publicación de "La Guía de Prácticas Descalza de Aprendizaje párr Organizaciones y Cambio Social". Gracias al Plan Internacional para patrocinar la traducción.
Este es un recurso práctico para líderes, facilitadores y profesionales que quieren mejorar y enriquecer sus procesos de aprendizaje. Está dirigida a individuos y organizaciones y a la práctica del cambio social en el terreno.
Designing and facilitating
creative learning activities
If you are responsible in any way for learning activities in your organisation this is a valuable source of ideas of where to start or what to do. It’s full of tips but also some of the thinking that goes on behind the scenes.
BFG1: Kwenye mwongozo wa mguu kufanya kazi na mashirika na mabadiliko ya kijamii
Ni mwongozo wa vitendo, mahususi kwa viongozi na wawezeshaji wenye nia ya kusaidia mashirika kufanyakazi na kukua kwa ustawi zaidi, mashirika yenye kujali watu na yenye kutumia mbinu bora zaidi katika kujenga jamii yenye misingi ya utu. Mwongozo huu umeandaliwa na kundi la mguu peku.