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...

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...