A 2016 Review – What Book Sprints has been up to

In review, 2016 was a year full of interesting Book Sprints and some changes to the management of Book Sprints Ltd. Founder Adam Hyde is now the director of the board and appointed Barbara Rühling as CEO and Katerina Michailidi as COO of the company. The new management is based in Berlin, Germany. Our amazing team is based all around the world between New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, USA, and Nicaragua. The full team includes: Adam Hyde (NZ) – Founder and director Barbara Rühling (GER) – CEO Katerina Michailidi (GR)  – COO Mark Brokering (USA) – Client Liaison Juan Gutierrez (NIC) – Developer Raewyn Whyte (NZ) – Textual Clean Up Julien Taquet (FR) – HTML Book Production Henrik van Leeuwen (NL) – Illustrations Faith Bosworth (ZA) – Facilitator Laia Ros (AND) – Facilitator Thank you all and a happy 2017 to everyone! Book Sprints on four continents in 2016 2016 saw Book Sprints taking place on four continents. From east to west, we facilitated Book Sprints in Tokyo, Japan – Bern, Switzerland – Bad Honnef, Germany – Marrakesh, Morocco – several in Maryland, USA – Salt Lake City, Utah – and several in San Jose, California. Below is a list of the Book Sprints we facilitated this year.   Change Maker Education This Book Sprint, hosted by Ashoka, captured the wisdom of 12 highly inspired and passionate “ChangeMaker” educators. The book Changemakers: Educating with Purpose is a meaningful and usable guide for other educators wanting to implement similar practices in their schools. The book is available on Amazon: http://a.co/hq6jrEB   Power Purchase Agreements in Africa The second USAID Book Sprint...

Tool Sprint with the World Bank

This week, the World Bank invited eleven experts of open contracting and mining contracts as well as a Book Sprints facilitator to Kent Island in Maryland. In three and a half days they set out to collaboratively design a tool to prevent, mitigate and manage conflict risks through the mining contracting process. There have been various Book Sprints with the World Bank since the Open Contracting Book Sprint more than three years ago, and at least three of them have taken place in Kent Manor, this pretty place. Highly concentrated and only very slightly distracted by the elections playing out in nearby Washington DC, the group is developing a guiding tool to offer good principles to government officials and the private sector in the immensely complex mining contract process. See more photos here. Like and help us promote this...

Book Sprint in Tokyo is done!

After four days we completed the Book Sprint for the Quality Infrastructure Investment Partnership Operations Manual, and had some delicious ice cream to celebrate! Phil Karp, Lead Knowledge Management Officer at the World Bank who organized both the first and the second Book Sprint with TDLC in Tokyo, gave us some feedback at the end:   See more photos here.   Like and help us promote this...

Second Book Sprint at the TDLC World Bank in Tokyo

This week, the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) invited us to facilitate their second Book Sprint. A year ago we facilitated a Book Sprint for the TDLC operations manual, and now a new partnership program with the Government of Japan starting next month requires another operations manual. Whereas last year’s Book Sprint drew on ten years of experience of the TDLC staff and partners, this manual defines an entirely new program. The resulting document may not need to be long, but each step in the process is thoroughly mapped out and carefully worded to lay the groundwork for the next four years. To design a lean and efficient process that takes the needs of all partners involved into account, and to do so quickly, the TDLC invited eight experts from Tokyo, Washington D.C. and Paris and one facilitator from Book Sprints. Go here to see more photos. Like and help us promote this...

New release of Responsible Data Handbook

The Responsible Data in Development Handbook that was the result of a Book Sprint in 2014 with the engine room recently received a beautiful make-over including its own website, new chapter summaries, slidedeck templates, new visualizations and a lovely title: “The Hand-Book of the Modern Development Specialist”. We love to see a Book Sprint turn into a living community and the book to live on through various iterations! You can check out the handbook here: https://responsibledata.io/resources/handbook/ And read about the Book Sprint here: Book on responsible development data published and here Launching a new book on responsible development data. Like and help us promote this...