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Reflecting on TALEARN


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Two weeks ago today, a steady stream of individuals got off airplanes arriving from near and far for the start of the third TALEARN workshop.  By the end of the week they had survived three intense days of engagement around learning in the transparency and accountability sector.  Everyone, I dare say, had taken away something of value: new ideas, connections, resources, inspiration or something else entirely.

The workshop was a space to dig deeper into familiar issues, but also to expand our thinking in new directions.  It was also designed to meet the practical needs of individuals and organizations, giving them space to draw on the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in the room to address specific challenges they were facing.  While we tried to maintain an environment where participants could pursue their own ideas and priorities, we sought to keep this autonomy and creativity grounded with a broader framing around the challenges and opportunities faced in this sector, and how our efforts can help strengthen accountability ecosystems.

We asked workshop participants to help us reflect on the key issues raised and insights shared, and get those out to a wider audience.  What followed are some really great blog posts highlighting key elements of the workshop experience.  Please take a few minutes and read through some of the very thoughtful reflections below, in order of appearance in the blogosphere:

  1. Brendan Halloran, Transparency and Accountability Initiative: Learning about Engaging Accountability Ecosystems
  2. Alan Hudson, Global Integrity: Try, learn, adapt, repeat: T/A Learn reflections
  3. Dave Algoso, Independent Consultant: A three part series! 1. Learning is adaptation 2. Learning must be user-owned and 3. Learning and adaptation depend on relationships
  4. Charlotte Ornermark, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability:  Take a deep breath – it’s all about the learning…
  5. Varja Lipovsek, Twaweza: What’s all the buzz about learning in T&A?
  6. Janet Oropeza, Fundar: How can citizen initiatives shift or re-balance power within societies? A must-ask question in the transparency and accountability learning agenda
  7. E. Premdas Pinto, COPASAH: Practitioner-researcher-donor as a learning triad: The Dialectics of Addressing Triangular Learning Needs as a ‘Learning Community’
  8. Nicole Anand, Reboot: We Want to Learn, Now Let’s Talk About How

Many thanks to these individuals for taking the time to write up their thoughts and share them.

If there is a way to sum up these nuanced reflections, it could be:

Actors working on and supporting transparency and accountability have been – and continue to be – learning important lessons.  That learning needs to be practice oriented and enable adaptation.  We are moving in the right direction, but there is still a ways to go – both in broadening our knowledge base and in undertaking learning that really shapes practice.

We look forward to continuing this conversation in months to come.

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