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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

Click here to read more…

Arlette George

#BuildingCapacity in a Collaborative Culture - what traits are required and what are the results? with Valerie Davis

s200_valerie.davisHere at ebbf, we are fortunate to have access to Valerie Davis who shared the findings of her PhD research, studying the specific ways in which leaders apply collaborative leadership and the consequences of that mindset in their companies. Earlier this year, she was awarded a Doctorate from Fielding Graduate University for her contributions to research in Human Development and she will be one of the speakers at ebbf’s next international event taking place in a few weeks.

Register now for the conference

Launch of ebbf Research Group for Collaborative Leaders

During this ebbf online leaning session participants from Romania, Italy, Switzerland, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and United States explored the role of collaborative leaders.

It was a two-fold opportunity, firstly to hear Valerie Davis share her expertise in creating the space for leaders to gain a critical perspective on their goals, vision and effectiveness and secondly to begin the very exciting process of launching a Research

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Arlette George

#BuildingCapacity - what we learnt about accompaniment and capacity building

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 14.02.03In one of the series of pre-event learning session Nabil Elias, Business Faculty Emeritus from the University of North Carolina gave a beautifully tempered presentation on Accompaniment as a powerful tool for #CapacityBuilding.  Participants joining the call came from Italy, Croatia, Romania, England, Portugal, Scotland and the USA. Below are some of what we learnt in that interactive online session.

Check out here the next online learning session you can attend

What is Accompaniment?

Accompaniment envisions at least two friends, with different levels of experience in a specific area of action, learning together. What Nabil Elias described as taking “a posture of collective learning” that endows #BuildingCapacity with new meaning.

Whether talking about #BuildingCapacity in Non-Profit Organisations wanting to achieve their service mission or in For-Profit Businesses setting out to meet demand and build operational capacity, it is Accompaniment which is the foundation of all successful #BuildingCapacity.

What makes Accompaniment different to Training and Mentoring?

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Guam - Courageous Followership what we learnt from the last ebbf breakfast

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 11.02.54The team at ebbf in Guam have been offering a successful series of ebbf breakfasts covering topics such as “the value of service”, “gender equality in banking”, “cultural changes, transforming companies into communities”.

We share some of the learning from the last ebbf breakfast dedicated to the concept of Courageous Followership held at the  Bank of Guam training centre. The speaker Dr. John Rivera began his talk with the idea of leaders/leadership where people get caught in the “person” rather than the “idea”.

Leaders have certain qualities – Hitler/Ghandi – same charisma in leadership but significantly different outcomes. Understanding leadership requires understanding of groups and teams.  Leadership has been studied in academia for only about 100 years and only about 50 years ago did the study of followership get studied.  And only very recently have we come to recognise that …

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Introducing ebbf's new knowledge centre dedicated to Capacity Building and Accompaniment, by Nabil Elias

nabil elias - accompaniment cxapacity building - ebbf knowledge centre

A new ebbf knowledge centre has just been added with a new paper that collects new thinking on the concepts of Capacity Building and Accompaniment. In this document Nabil Elias offers how Capacity building involves empowering individuals to participate in a purposeful collective effort. Accompaniment invites and supports individuals into expandable teams that humbly traverse uncharted paths of learning and serving together. Corporations and not-for-profit organizations alike can apply this process to transform the organization and its trajectory towards solving complex issues.

You can read there initial replies to questions such as “who are the partners in Capacity Building and Accompaniment?” , “How Does Capacity Building Apply in Business Organizations?”.

Join Nabil in an online learning session on this topic this Thursday

Read his new ebbf knowledge centre here


#BuildingCapacity - first in series of online pre-event learning sessions, created for you

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Capacity building is essential to develop individuals, teams and companies; but which kinds of capacities are most useful to allow thriving and sustainable organizations to be built?
What is the environment and leadership style that allows capacity to be developed?
How can we awaken in individuals the will to develop their capacities?
These are just a few of the questions you can come and explore either in one of the next online pre-event learning sessions (see below the next dates) and / or in Bucharest during the next ebbf international learning event dedicated to this theme.

1. Accompaniment as a foundation of capacity building, with Nabil Elias
Thursday 1st of September at 19:00 CEST / 13:00 EDT
Click here to register for this ebbf online learning experience

2. Building Capacity in a Collaborative Culture, with Valerie Davis
Thursday 8th of September at 20:00 CEST / 14:00 EDT
Click here to register for this ebbf online learning experience

3. Rethinking organizations and capacity building with a view of abundance, with Vahid Masrour

Taking place Thursday September 15th at 20:00 CEST / 14:00 EDT
Click here to register for this ebbf online learning experience

View here the full article


#BuildingCapacity - what we learnt in our first pre-event online exploration of "Building Capacity"

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 11.44.51It will never be as good as one of these face to face meaningful conversations we enjoy at ebbf’s international learning events (if interested to attend, click here to book still a few places available) but all the same ebbf is offering the opportunity to join online explorations of the themes we will cover in the next international event.

Click here to view your next online learning session opportunity.

Interested to hear what we learnt in one of the online explorations of what building capacity means and of what it takes to create the right culture to allow capacity building in a company?



ebbf 2015 annual report - growing the impact of ebbf accompaniment on its members and global community

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 13.55.26Click on the image on the left to download ebbf’s 2015 annual report

with a few of the highlights of ebbf’s activities and results from the last ebbf financial year of 2015.

It includes ebbf’s first attempt at measuring the global impact of ebbf’s activities,
and a report of ebbf’s local activities complementing the two main international learning events,  in a growing number of cities around the world including New York, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Toronto, Basel, Utrecht, Quito, Lisbon, Geneva, London, Milan, Guam, Zurich.

Not a member yet? Contribute actively to ebbf’s positive impact joining here.

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