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Padlet: A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

In this blog post, Susan Kistler introduces Padler, an improved free virtual bulletin board application. The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative. 

Conflict Resolution: Resolving Conflict Rationally and Effectively

The article and video present the "Interest-Based Relational Approach" as an effective way of conflict resolution. The article also provides additional background information on different conflict styles. 

Key Points

Conflict in the workplace can be incredibly destructive to good teamwork.

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

Middle Eastern youth and the Arab Spring: cross-national variation and trends in values

Authors: Moaddel, M. & Jong, J. de
Publication date: 2014

Scholars and analysts widely claimed that the youth played a crucial role in the making of the revolutionary movements dubbed the Arab Spring. There has been little empirical evidence, however, to substantiate this claim and to document how much the younger age groups differ from the older in value orientation in different Middle Eastern countries.

In this paper, the data from the values surveys carried out in the region are analysed in order to assess cross-national variation and trend in the values and perceptions of the youth in several Middle Eastern countries.

Sociale innovatie: meerwaarde in krachtig samenspel

Authors: Everts, P. et alii.
Publication date: 2014 (in Sigma online) 

  • De aandacht voor sociale inovatie is de afgelopen tien jaar wereldwijd toegenomen.
  • Nu de economie weer aantrekt lijkt de aandacht weer af te nemen en dat is onwenselijk.
  • Om sociale innovatie een impuls te geven is meer samenwerking nodig, een bundeling van krachten, creativiteit, eigenaarschap van vraagstukken, technologie en leiderschap. 

Working with the politics: how to improve public services for the poor

Authors: Wid, L. & Foresti, M. 
Publication date: 2013

In this ODI Briefing Leni Wild and Marta Foresti argue that beyond recognising that institutions matter for development, the key questions which remain to be addressed are: 

How should governments that are striving to achieve more equitable and efficient service delivery approach the challenge of institutional reform?

And how can the international community best support pathways to institutional reforms for more equitable delivery of essential public goods and services?

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Author: Oswald, D.
Publication date: 2014

This think-piece focuses on ‘voice’ within the Making All Voices Count framework. It reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported, with a particular focus on what this means for the ‘Making All Voices Count’ programme.

Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme

Author: Cornwall, A.
Publication date: 2014

With roots in approaches to popular education and participatory action research that place the learner and the ‘beneficiary’ of development at the centre of enquiry and action, the participatory visualisation methods associated with Participatory Rural Appraisal have been widely used as tools for learning and accountability.

In this article, the author reflects on lessons learnt from using these methods in a participatory process evaluation of an educational programme aimed at addressing chronic malnutrition in an East African country.

A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

Authors: Broto, V.C., Boyd, E., Ensor, J. & Allen, C.
Publication date: 2014

This article shares the findings of the project "Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD)". It was a small project (£114,000) that ran from 2011 to 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. It investigated whether local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach.

By experimenting with different forms of participatory planning, 4PCCD aimed to identify local priorities for climate-related action, along with the key actors and resources needed to make it happen.

Work With Us: Community-driven research inspiring change

Work with us is a 20-minute film produced in collaboration with communities around the world as part of the Participate initiative (participate2015.org). The film recorded over 6 months in 7 countries provides an opportunity for some of the most marginalised people to communicate directly to decision-makers.