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Politics and advocacy

Authors: VeneKlasen, L. & Miller, V.

This chapter helps you bring to the surface some of the misgivings about what is ‘political’ in order to establish a level of comfort with the subject. This lays the foundation for further learning and action. 

Community Toolbox: Building Leadership Toolkit

This online toolkit helps in developing a plan for enhancing leadership and its core tasks. It sheds a light on building strong adaptive personal and group leadership. It illustrates among others how to assess leadership and provides tools and methods to build leadership and make it work within and across changing groups. A separate section includes 6 examples. 

Community Toolbox: Leadership and Management Toolkit

This online toolkit provides information about the core functions of leadership, management, and group facilitation. It clarifies the different types, styles and functions of leadership, including ethical and collaborative leadership, and shares insights on how to encourage and build leadership. A separate chapter focuses on the essentials of becoming an effective manager. The last chapter zooms in on group facilitation and problem-solving. 

Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods

Author(s): David McDonald, with Gabriele Bammer, Peter Deane
Publication Date: 2009

Describing research integration as the process of improving the understanding of real-world problems by synthesising relevant knowledge from diverse disciplines and stakeholders, this book discusses how methods and tools developed for the dialogic process can be useful for research integration. These tools include, among others:

Talking the Walk: A Communication Manual for Partnership Practitioners

Author(s): McManus, S. & Tennyson, R.
Publication Date: 2008

Talking the Walk is a toolbook for partnership practitioners from all sectors, to enable them to understand the importance of good communication to their work, and to help them develop techniques to improve their communications - both inside, and beyond, the partnership.

Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit.

Author(s): Lederach, J.P. et alii. (Kroc Institute (University of Notre Dame) & CRS)
Publication Date: 2007

The goal of this Toolkit is to improve peacebuilders’ ability to be reflective practitioners; this involves enhancing  peacebuilders’ capacity to design and impact transformative change, and track and improve upon those changes over time, in unpredictable conflict contexts. 

Power: A practical guide for facilitating social change

Author(s): Raji Hunjan and Jethro Pettit
Publication Date: October 2011

The handbook is designed primarily for those who want to explore issues of power over a sustained period of time through workshops, one to one mentoring, and self-reflection. However, it can also be used by those who wish to start with an introduction to power analysis through stand-alone workshops. To this end, the handbook presents clear instructions, tips/suggestions and discussion points for use by the reader as practitioner.

Learning with Stakeholders: A Keystone Guide to Stakeholder Dialogue

Author: Keystone

Publication Date: September 2006

This comprehensive guide and toolkit begins by discussing stakeholder dialogue as an essential process of societal learning, necessitated as a result of the varying backgrounds, interests, priorities, levels of access and overall capabilities of different relevant stakeholders.  Dialogue between the stakeholders can help to determine: