How can we use technology to reinforce the key partnering principles when partnering remotely? This was the theme for a series of three webinars held in April and May 2017 as part of our research into remote partnering. 23 participants from India, Australia, UK, Slovenia, Lithuania and USA attended, representing the following sectors: INGOs, online learning community, tertiary education institute, accredited partnership brokers and individual practicioners. The webinars had a dual purpose: to share findings from our remote partnering research to date and also gather more information as part of an ongoing and iterative learning process. You can find a report on findings from the webinars prepared by Joanna Pyres and Catherine Russ in the Outputs section.
16 people came to the Lab and, as hoped, it was real exploration of new ways of thinking about remote partnering – with: journalling; back-to-back (ie as if long-distance) conversations (on language, context and time); igniting our sense through listening, connecting, drawing and painting; games and stories as ways of unleashing imagination and insight; an exploration of technology as a way of building equity and long-distance partnerships that are genuinely co-created and more… See outputs for what we produced and feel free to try out some of the ideas and let us know how they go and / or add some new ones…
16 people will be meeting in rural North Wales (pretty remote!) to build on the findings from the Research Phase of this project and working with an artist, a story teller, IT learning specialist and a group of project partners and practitioners from Kenya, Mongolia, Central Europe and beyond we will be trying to ‘raise the roof’ with bursts of creative and innovative approaches… watch this space for more information w/c 30th January!
The project has been awarded a grant for its Design and Creativity Labs (January to March, 2017) from the CAN Fund of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy – this is enabling us to involve front-line practitioners in designing better remote partnering practices.
Early findings from initial research suggest that there are some benefits from remote partnering – in terms of potentially greater equity, efficiency and cost effectiveness – but that remote partnering requires increased levels of trust and transparency and that the reliance on technology can be frustrating and diminishing to the partnership’s effectiveness.
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