Transforming experience in open knowledge


Posted by : Micha van Waesberghe for BIDBLOG

Open knowledge is not just about statistics and data , it also has to do with the unwritten everyday knowledge and experience. The ” know-how ” is one of the most valuable assets and intangible and yet it is very difficult to convey. This knowledge comes from our experience heat , evolves very quickly and has a lot to do with personal skills and values ​​of the people who develop it .

The IDB are aware of their value and, therefore , we are developing a methodology to those working in the world of development share their professional experience. Very briefly , I wanted to explain how Klave, that ‘s how we named our tool to share key learnings on various topics works.


  1. Defining the needs , objectives and scope: The most important thing is to define what we want to convey knowledge , who it is for and what they need to know . For this we need to put all ideas on the table and define a hierarchy of questions that allow us to understand the major issues we want to address and we need to answer specific questions . This can be done in many ways , such as working groups or online. There Trello web applications that allow you to collect and organize ideas from his team.
  2. Capture high-quality knowledge: When we think of knowledge , we tend to think of paper and items , but believe me , true knowledge does not always get the text of an article. At this stage we collect all texts and read, and then do interviews to capture knowledge and after-action analysis to understand the context and impact of learning we found.
  3. Get and validate multiple perspectives on the same issues: All information from the interviews, videos and articles in the tabulated one document where we sort and order using the questions we defined in the first step. Thus we get a complete picture of the subject consists of multiple perspectives on each question. This phase involves a real team effort that requires ordering a large volume of information , and clarify in what contexts it might be useful.Integrating multiple viewpoints is critical to contextualize the information and allow readers to understand the value of learning and understanding how that can be reused.
  4. Put our knowledge on the network: When we have configured our “knowledge base ” put it online in a format that makes the content available to our target audience. To do this, you can use many management systems free content such as WordPress , Drupal, or Joomla with which you can create your own website. You can check this website to find out how they work.
  5. Connecting content and community: Put our knowledge and share active network is a fundamental step to maintain knowledge always updated . To this end, the IDB develop communities of practice around each theme celebrating ” webinars ” regular and participate in conversations through social networks.

Nowadays there are many platforms for online virtual meetings and some social networks like Facebook, with more than 1000 million users, with 465 million or Twitter , let us think of new ways to share and update knowledge.

Briefly, these are the 5 stages of our process to convert what we know in open knowledge What other ways of systematizing and sharing implicit knowledge have worked for you ?

Learn Klave Green Finance
Finance Klave Verdes is a tool to share experiences on how to develop green credit lines in Latin America that used this methodology. If you are interested in the topic, you can participate in a webinar presentation on April 25.


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