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Geoff Parcell's Blog (22)

Cardboard testimony

A heartening story about acknowledgement and recognition.

I just wanted to hug her.

Added by Geoff Parcell on May 25, 2015 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

Five stories that our nonprofit should be telling

How do we get better at storytelling? This article suggests five types of stories, with case studies, that every charity should be telling. They includes stories about ethics and values, social proof, founders, improvement and impact.


Added by Geoff Parcell on March 20, 2015 at 8:52am — 1 Comment

Tell your story

Are you struggling to share your experience, to tell your story? Is finding the right words a problem? There's a new app out for iPad called Adobe Voice.
If you have access to an iPad give it a try. It guides you through a way to present your story in a powerful way.

Added by Geoff Parcell on May 13, 2014 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Getting knowledge to and from the point of application

“I think building community is one of the most important things you can do to help people access the information that they need,” she said. “It’s a lot more likely that people will be able to take the skills that you’ve given them if they have a community that helps them use those skills and supports them in that process.”

Read this panel discussion… Continue

Added by Geoff Parcell on March 14, 2014 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Appreciating builds engagement and trust

Here are some guidelines on appreciating others:

Added by Geoff Parcell on December 12, 2013 at 10:04am — No Comments

How do Good Ideas spread?

On this site we are sharing experiences of local responses. Someone's local experience may inspire others to action but not all ideas transfer quickly. Here is an article by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker where he shares his experience of childbirth in Indian hospitals. Read how much effort is required to encourage change and the efforts he made to check progress was being made.

Added by Geoff Parcell on August 2, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

"Nobody ever comes to speak to us."

I went with some local NGO people as well as members of the Constellation to three villages in Karnataka in India in order to talk with young women in the villages.  The Bill Gates Foundation was supporting work with vulnerable young women and their response to HIV and AIDS. The villages were Nagenhalli, Morigeri and Sushilnagar. Local NGOs had already done much work in the…


Added by Geoff Parcell on February 9, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Fishing for an education in Uganda

[A story about mobilising resources]

Soon after I was seconded to UNAIDS in 2003 I went to Uganda to visit some communities. I learned more by listening to them than I was able to share with them. One of the communities was a fishing village which was reached after travelling for more than an hour off of the made-up road. The village was on…


Added by Geoff Parcell on January 10, 2013 at 11:33am — 4 Comments

Do not tell me what to do, tell me what you do.

I came across this quote today. It sums up quite nicely my philosophy on posting blogs:

"Do not tell me what to do, tell me what you do. Do not tell me what is good for me, tell me what is good for you.  If, at the same time, you reveal the you in me, if you become a mirror to my inner self, then you have made a reader and a friend."            - …


Added by Geoff Parcell on November 30, 2012 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments


Something to consider when we are creating dreams,

"Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes" - Carl Jung

Added by Geoff Parcell on October 7, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Opinion or experience

Blogs are often dominated by opinion. We are attempting to use it more for sharing experience. Here's a good blog from Chris Collison on the difference between opinion and experience

(in my opinion! :))


Added by Geoff Parcell on September 17, 2012 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

Virtual Knowledge cafe

Here are some lessons from a virtual knowledge cafe. What can we learn from these to improve our pooling and sharing of knowledge?

I particularly liked the statement "the students soon discover everyone is the expert, including themselves".  Now where have I heard that before? :)

Added by Geoff Parcell on January 24, 2012 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Distilling a discussion

Here is a good example of how someone has posed a question of the community (KM4dev) and then taken the time to distill the responses to provide a summary and linked to the original discussion and listed resources offered.  

The topic is "How to collect and present Lessons Learnt" but could so easily apply to our discussions.  I suspect they may have learned something from…


Added by Geoff Parcell on December 7, 2011 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

Rapid Results leads to 90% of staff going for testing in Addis

Lou Compernolle sent us this as it reflects our principles.

An enterprise in Addis managed to get 90% of its staff to test for HIV in 120 days by using Rapid Results. The head of the consultancy says: 

What’s missing to turn poor places into rich places isn’t more information, money, technology, workshops, programs, evaluation or any of the other things that development organizations normally provide. …


Added by Geoff Parcell on October 7, 2011 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

Mind your language!

Here is another great talk from TED talks warning us not to force people to converse in English.  Conversation in any language leads to a sharing of thoughts and the creation of knowledge.

Added by Geoff Parcell on March 30, 2011 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

Almost 500,000 new sex infections in UK last year

It seems we need more action in the United Kingdom too My concern is that there is little discussion about HIV/ AIDS just STIs

Added by Geoff Parcell on August 25, 2010 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

TED - Ideas worth spreading

Happy New Year all!

I've just been listening to another TED video. I have shared one with some of you before. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. This one is about Learning from Leadership's "missing manual".

I was listening to it from several perspectives:

1. to… Continue

Added by Geoff Parcell on January 3, 2010 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

The danger of a single story

I came across this story today. I found it fascinating to listen to. For me it emphasises the importance of us collecting more than one experience for each Principle for Action that we are collecting as Knowledge Assets about the response to HIV and AIDS. We are quick to make assumptions from a single experience. It is better if we get other perspectives from different settings… Continue

Added by Geoff Parcell on December 3, 2009 at 11:48am — 3 Comments

Acknowledgement & Recognition: Common Principles


At the beginning of June we invited you to add your experience of the practice of "Acknowledgement and Recognition" on a Forum discussion. There has been lots of contribution to that discussion so thanks!

The dream we share:

HIV affects us all. We are honest to ourselves and our community and face the good and less good issues together. We share our hopes and concerns. We naturally and openly discuss HIV as a normal disease, as well as… Continue

Added by Geoff Parcell on June 19, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

HIV's spread around Europe

I found this article interesting. It is not just in Africa and Asia that the virus is spreading. Tourists and travellers are spreading it too. But are they acknowledging and recognizing the issue?


Added by Geoff Parcell on May 20, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

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