Some Reflections About Civil Society 2.0 and Why I’m Not On A Plane To Tunisia Right Now

Beth Kanter

The post I had originally planned to publish before leaving on a plane for Tunis, Tunisia was going to be all The Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) , funded through the U.S. Needless to say, I’m sad about what is taking place in the region and disappointed that my trip to Tunisia has been rescheduled. ” Stephanie Rudat, my co-trainer for Tunisia, pointed to a resource that included non-violent tactics for social change.

E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

Beth Kanter

After facilitating the two-day E-mediat Networking Conference, “New Media for the Networked NGO” in Jordan at the Dead Sea last week, I flew 2,000 miles west to Fez, Morocco to facilitate and keynote a second two-day conference for NGOs from Tunisia and Morocco that had successfully completed the e-mediat program in their countries, Morocco and Tunsia. See the above video, created by team in Tunisia, which summarizes the program.) Group Photo with Certificates.


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Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and two techniques that help you focus on your goals: Peter Bregman’s theme for the year , and Chris Brogan’s “ My Three Words.” I also throughout the month of January review my work routines and systems and redesign or tweak to improve productivity. I taught social media integration and “ Train the Trainers ” workshops for trainers who would be delivering the curriculum throughout Tunisia.

What can you learn by visualizing your Twitter network?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It doesn’t happen overnight and it takes daily practice. One efficient technique is to spend five minutes of your day at the end reflecting. The first day of training is this Sunday and we’ll be covering networked approaches for NGOs and social media trainers. The participants include in-country teams from six different countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

E-Mediat: Day 2 – The Networked NGO in the Arab World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Team from Tunisia identified Sawty as an example of a networked nonprofit in Tunisia, while the Lebanon Team pointed to Nasawiya. We also covered some of the basic techniques for listening and engaging. Beirut Diary: I’m in Beirut for the week as part of The E-Mediat project , a capacity building project that leverages a networked approach.

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E-Mediat Day 4: What does it mean to be a social media trainer?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The national anthem from Tunisia brought tears to my eyes – in part – because feeling in which they sang it – and the team leader, Chema, has a beautiful singing voice. The morning used the World Cafe technique. The world cafe technique is where participants learn through conversation in small groups. It is an effective technique to use to help participants process what they’ve learned and to harvest insights.

If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Content Strategy

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: By the time you read this post, I will be in the USA from doing a training in Tunisia for NGOs and trainers who will deliver training to women entrepreneurs as part of the WES program and also improve their NGO’s use of social media. Participants at FFL Training Doing Content Strategy Brainstorm.

My Themes for 2013

Beth Kanter

I’m writing this post from Tunisia. Creativity: How do you keep creative and generate new ideas, both individually and working within an organization. It is so easy to just do the same old thing all the time, but there is some discomfort in creating something new. I want to explore the methods and techniques for optimizing creativity and applying it your work.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Art of Good Openings and Closings

Beth Kanter

One technique I use is the “Burning Question” board. I’ve used the burning question technique in many different ways over the years, this is an example of one way to do it. This is an exercise I used in Tunisia. Sunrise on Sacred Maori Land outside of Auckland, NZ.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Beth Kanter

” I first used this exercise in 2011 in Lebanon to kick off E-Mediat project that brought trainers and capacity builders from 5 countries in the Middle East to be trained on curriculum based on my book, the Networked Nonprofit , and interactive training techniques. In this case, I used the exercise to help the teams from Yemen, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan see a visualization of their collective expertise.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

Don’t be so focused on getting through your lesson plan if you feel that participants need understand the content in a different way. The photos above are from a Train the Trainers workshop I did in Tunisia. You have to be a little fearless piloting new instructional techniques or you will just do the same old stuff – you’ll get bored and your participants will also be bored.

Jim does Tunis

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Walking into the medina, the old part of Tunis, I suddenly acquired very friendly people from Tunisia speaking good English (which is unusual, since English is about language number six in usefulness in Tunisia, after Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish and German). While I actually was momentarily tempted by the mint tea and the ceremony to buy a rug, I remember that Virginia was quite clear when I had asked about gifts from Tunisia, that rugs were not a part of the list.