A training course on “Working with Networks” was organised by Wageningen Business School this autumn.  After the one scheduled in March was cancelled, a sufficient number of nine participants applied for the extra three day course.


They were familiarised with the concepts and tools of the FAN approach over two days in September. Over the following weeks they made a Learning History for a network they were involved in, and returned to Wageningen on the 10th of October to discuss their findings.


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Het leertraject Netwerkend Werken met de Groenagenda van de Provincie Zuid Holland is nu zo’n 4 maanden onderweg. De sfeer in het team van 14 ambtenaren is heel goed: er is bereidheid om samen te zoeken en te leren van elkaars ervaringen, er is veel aandacht voor elkaar en ook plezier. En hier en daar er komt beweging in de netwerkprojecten waarin zij actief zijn. Ik begeleid dit traject samen met Rosa Lucassen: we zijn een prima koppel.


In early October I was invited to guide a series of training sessions on networking for Danish NGOs in development work, together with my colleague from MDF, Ger Roebeling. How to re-connect with the energy people initially felt when starting or joining those networks became the most important issue.


Particularly in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) - or “civil society organisations” (CSOs) as the Danish prefer to call them - the pattern is very clear to see:




In June 2011 the core persons in the PSO action research “Learning Programme on Healthy Networks” came together in The Netherlands to write down their experiences after one year working with the FAN Approach in their NGO’s. (for a summary of this project: “Looking at North South Collaboration”).