Thursday, March 31, 2005

A day with the Knowledge Management Institute in Bangkok

Bangkok, March 31, 2005

What an incredible experience!

Pr. Vicharn Panich, Director of the Thai Knowledge Management Institute (KMI) invited me to observe and comment on a one day workshop on knowledge management organised by an organisation dedicated to participatory planning by Thai subdistricts.

Even if I could not understand everything, the whole process was familiar. Participant groups from all over the country developed their own self assessment instrument in a matter of a few hours, and proceded with using it right away. And a few hours later, here was the river diagram based on the self assessment of the various participant groups, representing what each could learn from others and what experience they could share.

Seeing the KMI team at work, I could see how its vision -" To engineer the whole Thai society into K- Based Society"- was connected to its way of working. And I was overwhelmed with joy, as I could see how participants were using and adapting for their own needs the instruments we had developed in the UNAIDS/UNITAR AIDS Competence Program.

I am reminded of what Usa Duongsaa, learning facilitator in the Constellation once told me: "The AIDS pandemic has made terrible damages in this part of the world, but our response is improving our society".

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Back from Chiang Mai

On Thai Airways, from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
March 30, 2005

So here we are!The vision is slowly but certainly taking shape: a small team based in Chiang Mai that connects networks learning from local responses to HIV around the world ! With Usa as learning facilitator and Alex as business manager, we are making a great team, blending our diverse backgrounds and experience.

As I take off from Chiang Mai, one memory emerges among my two week stay. One evening, we had invited our friends based in Chiang Mai to give them advance notice of the launch of the Constellation in early May. Their enthusiasm for the Constellation vision and ways of working was really inspiring!One more month, and we shall be able to invite all interested to join the Constellation and support each other with our hopes and practical experiences!

Monday, March 14, 2005

Setting up the Secretariat

While members are signing the charter, we are aiming at getting the secretariat up and running in Chiangmai. On 23 March, 2005, we shall have our first Board Meeting in Chiang Mai. Then, we should turn the strategic advice received into the concrete operation of the Constellation. The Constellation Office should be open by April 1, 2005. We'll keep you posted!

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