Intersol/Community Engagement

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Community Engagement

We use an inclusive, highly-participatory approach to support community engagement, effective collaboration and action learning and scalable and sustainable project implementation. We use a blended approach to facilitation, using online and in-person interventions where appropriate.

Our interventions are grounded in practical, work-related projects, to accelerate transfer of knowledge and skills into practice. By weaving skills proficiency with real-time community engagement, our approach consolidates performance improvement of personnel, reducing administration while enhancing measurable results.

We use an organization development approach to build effective communities, and stakeholder buy-in, ownership and pride, which integrates communications, action research and relationship-building and networking.

We leverage our partnership with WikiEducator and the International Centre for Open Education / Open Education Resource Foundation in New Zealand, to build national and international profile and recognition and strategic partnerships.

Selected Projects

Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, California, USA

OER Africa (South Africa Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE), South Africa,

  • Conducting a review of a redesigned website for stakeholder/community engagement. ease of navigation and general appeal.

International Centre for Open Education / Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation, New Zealand

  • Senior Consultant, Organization & Business Development

Commonwealth Youth Programme, Regional Centre for Africa, Lusaka, Zambia

  • Facilitating the development of OERs and a peacebuilding social network for African youth (Youth4Peace). Coaching a local rapporteur to build organizational capacity. Developing an orientation manual, contributors' guide, reporting guidelines and monitoring and evaluation framework, and 2-day workshop.

University of British Columbia, Learning Exchange (Community Service Learning), Vancouver, BC

  • Leadership coaching and workshop planning for an online web portal / community of practice for project leaders, faculty, students and partner NGOs in community service learning.

The Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, BC

(1) WikiEducator - Strategist, Facilitator & Community-Builder

Supported 5 Education Specialists with change management, stakeholder engagement and organization development activities.

(Reporting to Wayne Mackintosh, Ph.D., Education Specialist, E-Learning & ICT Policy, COL)

(2) Community Media / Community Radio & Public Health (HIV/AIDS)

(Reporting to Ian Pringle, Education Specialist, Media, COL)

Organizational and programming development for community media / radio stations and public health communities; facilitating the startup of wiki-related actions as part of COL's capacity building activities for Open Educational Resources in Media for Learning.

(3) Governance and Leadership

(Reporting to Tanyss Munro, Ph.D., Education Specialist, Governance, COL)

  • Designed in-country governance / leadership workshops and ODL planning sessions (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands)
  • Co-developed objectives, agenda and design of ODL Think Tank on Governance in London, UK (July 2008), attended by representatives from the World Bank, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Foundation, and regional organisations from developing countries.
  • Stakeholder communications, community facilitation and workshop design, for ODL resources in governance.
  • Developed reporting template for COL's Board of Governors
  • Provided needs analysis input to COL-Commonwealth Youth Programme's Governance Social Networking initiative.