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...

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 on Liquefied Natural Gas in Africa

The latest Book Sprint, now taking place in Maryland brings together a group of experts organised by the US Energy Association and the Department of Energy to create a handbook for African governments wanting to set up natural gas development projects. The handbook will be a reference document that helps government officials better understand the options, and the stakeholder shared aims, for developing LNG projects. Like and help us promote this...