Some resources on organisational learning and organisational development in Civil Society Organisations that I can personally recommend are:
19 April – The issue of power in development work is often avoided but it is tackled head-on at www.powercube.net The site contains practical and conceptual materials about how to respond to power relations within organisations and in wider social and political spaces.
As a result of designing and facilitating a course on organisational change recently I have come across a number of useful ‘toolkits’ of materials. The UK organisation VSO produced a Facilitator Toolkit on Participatory Approaches. The Asian Development Bank’s head of knowledge management has created a series of leaflets entitled Knowledge Solutions which cover a wide range of tools and techniques.
There’s a fantastic new resource on organisational development and organisational learning available from the ‘Barefoot Collective’ entitled the Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change. The guidebook is truly a pearl among other OD resources – with wonderful illustrations, engaging stories and, more importantly, a values base that is inspirational. The website also has further resources linked to each of the chapters. I can’t praise it enough!
Capacity.org’s special issue on organisational learning provides a good snapshot of the issues facing development practitioners interested in organisational learning and knowledge management. It has some good links to other organisations and publications, too.
Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit provides an excellent overview of the connections between reflective practice, evaluation and organisational learning.
INTRAC’s Praxis Programme has lots of excellent resources on capacity building and organisational learning. It is one of the sites I visit most regularly for the latest thinking on organisational capacity building.
I’m fascinated by networks: how they work and how they differ from organisations. Visualising networks can be very challenging but websites seem to be particularly well-suited to showing their complexity. One of my favourite websites is Visual Complexity which has links to hundreds of amazing network diagrams ranging from knowledge networks to music maps based on your musical taste. Be amazed!