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Gower author, Ann Alder, looks at how the creation of REALs (Rich Environments for Active Learning) can provide learning opportunities in almost any situation, culture, organisation and for learners at any level of education, seniority and specialism. In a recent blog post she discusses how this worked on a major World Health Organisation Management Development Programme, designed specifically to support managers responsible for the implementation of the Global Polio Eradication Programme.
In December 2012 Dr Daphne Halkias was appointed to take charge of the International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies.
Daphne is the author or co-author of several Gower books Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs, (recently included in Evan Carmichael’s Top 40 books for women entrepreneurs), Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, e-Negotiations plus another due at the very end of 2013: Governance in Immigrant Family Businesses
Stakeholder communication may be a very urgent requirement for every project but Ann Pilkington’s article in Simply Communicate shows why it’s well worth taking a moment to reflect on the resources you have to hand, before you start the communication process. Have you reviewed the project documentation - how it has been structured and what it contains should be fundamental to your approach to communication; have you talked to the right people, asked the right questions and do you understand the context behind the project? I found this article really refreshing because it provides such intuitive lessons for anyone trying to work out the basis for their communication plan … it’s all there, if you take the time to look for it! Ann Pilkington is author of the forthcoming Gower book Communicating Projects.
Philip Weiss’ presentation at a recent event in Brussels picks up a theme that has been around for a number of years but, one that I still think organizations have difficulty accommodating; even thought it is pretty much basic common sense. Innovation involves trial and error and innovation in the context of accelerating speeds of change involves plenty of opportunities for geting it wrong. Every organization needs to work out the dimensions of their own particular tightrope: play it too safe and you’re soon out of the game; overcomplicate the whole process or fail to learn from your failures and it’s also ‘game over’. Philip is author of the forthcoming book Hyperthinking: Creating a New Mindset for the Age of Networks.
The 11th – 14th October 2012 sees the 20th year of The World Open Space on Open Space (WOSonOS) coming to Stoke Newington Town Hall, in North East London.
Kerry Napuk, co-author of Gower’s The Large Group Facilitator’s Manual sits on the virtual planning team of WOSonOS which is chaired by Phelim McDermott, a founder of Improbable Theatre Company and convener of the Devoted and Disgruntled Open Space event which was started in 2005 and is travelling to scores of cities in the UK this year.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.wosonos2012.com.
Originated in the late 1960s by Tony Buzan, Mind Maps are now used by millions of people around the world – from the very young to the very old – whenever they wish to use their minds more effectively.
This page on Tony’s website gives 7 steps to using this powerful technique.
Tony has co-published several titles with Gower over time, the latest ‘Grass Roots Leaders’ is also available in ebook formats.
If you are a facilitator, a change manager … even a program manager, then check this out! The idea of Open Space (a form of large group facilitation) has been going for over 20 years. Michael Lindfield, one of the champions of the approach, described it as ”a simple and effective way of creating an environment where things are possible”. That may sound slightly pink and fluffy but, goodness me, doesn’t it also describe the kind of thing that most organizations need in the struggle to keep a head above the economic crisis and keep in touch with the breakneck speed of social, technological and business change? This year’s World Open Space event is in London, between 11th and 14th October. Gower’s contribution to the concept is Kerry Napuk and Eddy Palmer’s Large Group Facilitator’s Manual, which will be on show at the event.
The 25th – 29th June 2012 hosts the Ed-Media Conference in Denver, Colorado. This conference sees author Nicola Johnson giving two presentations:
- Internet addiction – the hype and the evidence
- Publishing from your PhD (doctoral stream)
The focus of her two presentations come from the research and information she put together in writing her books The Multiplicities of Internet Addiction (published by Ashgate, 2009) and Publishing from Your PhD (published by Gower, 2010).
Ireland’s higher education sector is undergoing significant change through mergers, clustering and the development of a new type of university – a technological university.
The first major event in the change process is being organised by the Higher Education Project (set up by Anto Kerins author of An Adventure in Service-Learning). This event will be taking place in the Department of Education’s Clock Tower in Dublin, on the 12 April 2012.
More information about this event can be found here.
If you wish to attend please contact Martin O’Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Jorm’s piece in MJA Insight: Solving GP Education Dilemmas, addresses an issue that has an impact on us all; whether as managers of GP practices, healthcare policy makers or simply as patients. How do we design an effective program of work placements and on-the-job learning for General Practitioners and how do we ensure that the outcome is a positive experience for the GPs, their students and their patients? Christine Jorm is author of Reconstructing Medical Practice, published by Gower.