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See keynotes, photos and what we learnt about #BuildingCapacity from recent ebbf international event

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-12-33-20If you are looking for highlights from the recent international ebbf event where we explored and found ways to implement Capacity Building in our organizations, you can click here.

You can find there downloadable keynotes from the three day event, photos, a storify of key learnings and ways to keep informed and to join the new ebbf crowdsourced learning project.

Last but not least the announcement of the next ebbf international annual conference that will take place on … click to find out.

Arlette George

#BuildingCapacity as a concept, action, service, discovery ... here's what we learnt with Sjoerd Luteyn

Sjoerd Luteyn (far right) facilitating a recent ebbf learnshop

Sjoerd Luteyn (far right) facilitating a recent ebbf learnshop

#BuildingCapacity may sound like a simple concept – but what is it? Is it actually any different from capitalising on skill development or talent management? The final pre-learning developed into a stunning interaction between participants from three continents as an exploration with Sjoerd Luteyn (who also will be at ebbf’s #BuildingCapacity International Learning Event 6-9 October Bucharest to continue deepening our dialogue on ‘Capacity Building in Organisations’).

#BuildingCapacity as Concept
The group set out define a concept of what capacity might look like in terms of #BuildingCapacity in organisations. The conversation was built upon two essential ideas: the first included the leadership model where capacity represents an ability to achieve certain ends as objectives or goals through the mobilisation or cultivation of knowledge, skills and values then “poured into action”. 
However, it was recognised by participants that this model can become far too limiting and to illustrate the point one participant said: “We need to understand that a guy who wants to be a chef needs to learn the practical skills to be a cook but your capacity is more than just a skill: companies mix that up: calling capacity – making a PowerPoint presentation”.
The second idea of capacity included the human potential model which was then brought into the discussion, to describe capacity as innate ability: something inborn, and latent if not apparent, to be discovered and developed. One person described his own experience of discovering his latent capacity: coming into a new conducive and stimulating environment, with an invitation to fulfil a challenge, and quickly discovering new levels of capacity, and skillfulness, within himself, that he had no connection to in his previous role and job.
#BuildingCapacity as Action

Arlette George

Rethinking Organisations and #BuildingCapacity with a View of Abundance

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-18-51-54Vahid Masrour who works for the Wikimedia Foundation led the pre-learning online event ‘Rethinking Organisations and Capacity Building with a View of Abundance’ to give a foretaste of the adventure the ebbf #BuildingCapacity International Learning Event, Bucharest 6 – 9 October is fast becoming.

Participants from Sweden, UK, Romania, Ecuador, Italy, USA enthusiastically discussed their insights of Vahid’s myth-busting accompanying presentation “From Crisis to Abundance: Exponential Organisations” in which he quickly demonstrated how people and organisations unwittingly hold themselves back from creating the adaptive and meaningful workplaces that they seek, by unwittingly maintaining a scarcity mass consciousness mindset.

It turns out, the way we use our own media spaces actually drives our views on scarcity and therefore our views on Abundance too.  We have this tiny amygdala in our brain which triggers reactions to what surrounds us and to what we witness such as impulsive need to fight back, flee danger or become frozen to the spot.  By our daily consumption of ‘bad news’ distributed in mainstream channels and, if we are not careful, our own social media channels we become hooked into media consumption, and unfortunately for us the viewer, we innocently keep ourselves wired into a negative feedback loop through the constant retriggering of the amygdala by consuming stories that reflect and trigger our ‘survival’ instinct states.


Fit for the 21st Century

Good news on the other hand, decouples us from the negative feedback loop and instead takes us back to the present moment, bringing us face to face with the immense possibilities standing before us in this 21st Century.

To illustrate, Vahid opened up the parameters of what becomes possible when we begin to appreciate stories of progress

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