Financing Climate Change Adaptation Book Sprint finished!

Yesterday was the final day of the epic dual-language Sprint in Accra, Ghana. The policy paper written for civil society about how to engage the private sector in climate change adaptation initiatives was  headed by IBIS Ghana, ABANTU for Development, West African Civil Society Forum and SOS Sahel. The paper is rich with case studies of business opportunities which yield profit and positive effects for communities and the environment. Examples range from a micro-insurance scheme to protect small-scale farmers in Burkina Faso against drastic weather to innovative crop storage bags which improve food security across countries in West Africa. The paper ends with a set of recommendations for civil society and the public sector to create a conducive environment for, and guide the private sector, into funding projects which seek to adapt to the changing climate and mitigate its harmful effects. We hope the paper will prove useful to the field! Below some of their impressions:         You can check some of the photos of the Book Sprint here   Like and help us promote this...

Financing Climate Change Adaptation

Yesterday we started our first ever Book Sprint in two languages. Oxfam Ibis has gathered a group of half English-speaking and half French-speaking participants to write a policy brief about financing climate adaptation through the engagement of the private sector. Climate change adaptation refers to the efforts to reduce or minimize the harmful effects of the future climate and to make use of the opportunities which arise.  This is part of Ibis’ two-year project on West African Dialogue of Private Climate Financing, aiming to build the capacity and strategies of civil society to engage the private sector in climate change adaptation efforts. The participants from across West Africa have come together to share their experiences of effective climate adaptation efforts and provide a set of recommendations as a tool for civil society to use in dialogue with the private sector. The Book Sprint process itself is very challenging since traditionally we rely so heavily on quick and lively exchange between contributors, rapid production and reiteration of content, and equal weight of all voices. For this Sprint we have had to adapt our strategies, abandoning the simultaneous translation by the second day. We are running two parallel processes with the two language groups and finding moments to come back together and merge the two groups’ outputs. Luckily we have a few bilingual people who are acting as our bridges. See photos of the Book Sprints here on flickr. Like and help us promote this...

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...

International IDEA and HDS How-to-guide the development of electoral codes of conduct Book Sprint finished

The Book Sprint for International IDEA and HDS finished up on Friday afternoon. During five days, six participants from IDEA, HSD, NIMD and the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue pooled their expertise to build a practical tool for the development of codes of conduct aiming at celebrating elections in the best conditions. The Book intends to guide domestic ‘honest brokers’ working in transitional contexts (facilitators such as party leaders, EMBs, peacebuilding experts, democracy assistance practitioners, etc.) and provides lessons learned, essential steps and considerations drawn from successful dialogues between political parties for the development of codes of conduct that contribute to the holding of peaceful elections. The guide will illustrate each step with comparative examples allowing its users to make informed strategic decisions both in relation to process and content. It will now go through a final review by IDEA’s publication team and we look forward to seeing its release! To see pictures from this Book Sprint click here Like and help us promote this...

IDEA and HDS Book Sprint on dialogue for peaceful elections

Today it’s our second day of a new Book Sprint in the charming city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The book is an initiative led by the Human Security Department of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (HDS) and International IDEA.   Taking as a starting point that political dialogue is a major conflict-prevention mechanism, the group is writing a practical guide on how to facilitate dialogue initiatives in the context of electoral processes in transition or conflict countries (codes of conduct). Participants will bring their hands-on facilitation experiences to illustrate with practical examples the different steps and essential considerations.   You can check the photos of the first day here. Like and help us promote this...

Book Sprints Founders Blog

Book Sprints founder Adam Hyde blogs a lot about publishing, open source and collaboration. If you would like to read his posts have a look here! http://www.adamhyde.net/ His latest post about Attribution and Open Source is a particularly good read but there is a lot of good stuff there: http://www.adamhyde.net/attributing-all-contributors-in-open-source/ Like and help us promote this...