Indicators of Success for Network-Centric Resources

Notes from a Network-Centric Resource Project online discussion that took place on March 12th, 2020. Network-Centric Resources are hard and take an incredibly long time to develop and get right. As we are building knowledge assets for communities and networks to use, it’s hard to measure success. How do we […]


Recipes for Facilitative Leadership – a workshop session design

At Aspiration’s Non-Profit Developer Summit in November 2019, I attended a workshop on Facilitative Leadership run by Misty Avila. What struck me about the session was how Misty walked the walk, demonstrating the power of facilitative leadership through the session design, providing structure and scaffolding for participants to share and […]


What I’ve Learned after Seven Years of FabRiders

Reflections on how to be, and not be, a freelancer. Recently, someone on LinkedIn wrote to congratulate me on my seventh anniversary at Fabriders. I was a bit taken aback. Had it been seven years?  The story behind FabRiders My career does have seven-year phases. Night Club DJ, Non-Profit Admin […]


What we’ve learned implementing a Data Champions initiative

Our work with 360Giving and UK Community Foundations to establish a network of data champions, has revealed the thirst that community foundation managers have for being data-informed to improve the impact of grantmaking. This has been reposted from our report on the 360Giving website. There is also a summary. Building […]


A Workshop Exercise on Creating User Personas

I was first introduced to user personas participating in a design sprint by Aspiration in 2005. In that workshop, we were asked to imagine users of Social Source Commons, a website to share lists of software tools that you already use, gain knowledge and support, and discover new tools. What […]


What we’ve learned about building data culture in community foundations

This has been reblogged from 360Giving Over the past eight months we’ve been developing a network of Data Champions working in community foundations across the UK. The initiative is a collaboration between 360Giving, FabRiders and UK Community Foundations. In April 2019 we held a workshop focusing on how to strengthen and improve the data […]


Gunner on Facilitative Leadership, Online Discussion Notes

FabRiders’ Network-Centric Resources Project supports the development of people-powered and participatory resources that establish assets for networks and communities. Our past online discussions have focused on developing content with and for communities and network’s, such as Heather Leson on curating data-literacy social learning curriculum with Humanitarians in IFRC’s Data Playbook, Greg Bloom on co-creating Data Standards with Health and […]


A Draft Module on Listening and Learning for Event Design

This draft module was intially designed for CIVICUS, to support their partners in the Speak! Campaign. We are thankful for the invaluable contributions of the team at CIVICUS: Hannah Wheatley, Frances Topham Smallwood, Soledad Gattoni and Stephanie Brancaforte. We are also grateful for all the guidance we’ve received on designing […]


Mor Rubinstein, on co-creating a governance structure for Open Heroines. Online Discussion Notes

FabRiders’ Network-Centric Resources Project supports the development of people-powered and participatory resources that establish assets for networks and communities. Our past online discussions have focused on developing content with and for communities and network’s, such as Heather Leson on co-creating data-literacy curriculum with Humanitarians in IFRC’s Data Playbook, Greg Bloom on creating Data Standards […]


Our Next Data Literacy Consortium User Group Meeting

Building a Data Culture You spoke and we listened. We’re excited to talk and share with you again. Our next consortium call will be focused on best practices. We will hear from experts researching, advising organisations on and doing the day-to-day work of building a data culture within an organisation, […]


What We’re Learning From Building A Data Champions Network

This blog is cross-posted from the 360Giving Blog. Big thanks to Jeremy Peters, Rachel Rank & Mor Rubinstein for their edits and inputs. Communities are complex and getting a clear understanding of them is a journey FabRiders’ capacity building work has focused on researching data literacy, designing social learning experiencesand co-creating knowledge assets […]


Data & Storytelling Workshop

This workshop will help participants understand how to build compelling stories from datasets. We start with focusing on the ‘who’ we are telling the story to and how to craft a narrative that is compelling to them. We then explore the data that the participants are working with and draft […]


Greg Bloom, Open Referral, on co-creating data standards.

FabRiders’ Network-Centric Resources Project supports the development of people-powered and participatory resources that establish assets for networks and communities. Our past online discussions have focused on developing content with and for communities and network’s, such as Soraya Okuda and EFF’s Security Education Companion and Heather Leson with IFRC’s Data Playbook, or building an event in collaboration with 2000 individuals […]


Sarah Allen, MozFest Director, on how to collaborate with 2,000 participants. Online Discussion Notes.

FabRiders’ Network-Centric Resources Project supports the development of people-powered and participatory resources that establish assets for networks and communities. Our past online discussions have focused on developing content with and for communities and network’s, such as Soraya Okuda and EFF’s Security Education Companion and Heather Leson with IFRC’s Data Playbook, or around collaboration […]


The Lifecycle of a Network-Centric Resource

A network-centric resource is a knowledge asset that supports interaction and strengthens the ability of a community or network to exist. They can be collection of curriculum such as IFRC’s Data Playbook, EFF’s Security Education Companion, or events like MozFest. We’ve chosen to describe the method of developing and sustaining […]


What We’ve Learned by Prototyping Workshops

The discipline of iteration and testing have been the most important processes to our work at FabRiders. A final product is never produced, whether it’s a how-to guide or a project plan, without distributing lots of drafts and incorporating lots of feedback. All our work is a prototype, as even […]


Tips for designing an effective workshop session

Our journey learning about effective workshop session design began in the mid-90’s, when we were helping activists and community organisers in the United States understand how to harnass the potential of the Internet. What we’ve learned about session design has largely been achieved through a combination of trial and error (evaluating […]


A Data Strategy Workshop Curriculum

This is a day-long training that we’ve run in at least a dozen countries for a variety of individuals involved in social change at various levels of ‘data literacy.’  Big thanks to all the participants that have provided feedback, along with: School of Data for all their curriculum on data literacy, […]


A training of trainers module on adult learning and ADIDS

As someone who has spent a good part of the last two decades developing trainings and workshop sessions and subsequently learning from those experiences, I’m often asked to help other trainers develop curriculum on a variety of topics. This module has been evolving over the years as a result of contributing […]


Weeknotes for July 31st, 2020   Recently updated !

This week I learned a hell of a lot about RightsCon, the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. I started the week with the goal of learning about what makes an effective RightsCon session. I managed to get to 15 sessions, one side group meetup and […]


WeekNotes for July 24th, 2020   Recently updated !

Rethinking a Festival Finished a series of four workshops to help the Institute for Economic Justice adjust the Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival online. We created stakeholder journeys – mapping out the experience before, during and after the virtual Festival. We then established the various roles and guides that would […]


Weeknotes for July 17th, 2020

This week we started a series of four workshop sessions with the Institute for Economic Justice to help them strategise on how to bring the Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival online. It’s bringing together several pieces of expertise that I’ve developed through self-funded projects like the Network-Centric Resources Project and […]


Weeknotes for July 10th 2020   Recently updated !

Things I was grateful for this week: RightsCon & TechChange Teams This week, I started working with the RightsCon & TechChange teams on providing support to facilitators who will be delivering virtual sessions for RightsCon‘s first online convening from July 27th to 31st. The first task was adding guidance to […]


Weeknotes for July 3rd, 2020

Things I was grateful for this week. Heather Leson sharing this article on teams. It’s been great to be part of The Solferino Digital Team, with Heather, Laurent Fernandez and Shaun Hazeldene. these past few months, and I wholeheartedly agree with a lot of whats in the article. When you […]


Weeknotes for June 26th, 2020

Network Check-Ins & TEST, TEST, TEST, A first-ever Check-In meeting for the network developing around The (Virtual) Session Design Lab. An intended side effect of the Lab is for participants to start to rely on each other for inputs and feedback on their sessions, which is the perfect starting point […]


Weeknotes for June 19th, 2020

Breathing again with a focus on reflecting and planning. Reflecting Mor Rubinstein and I hosted a ‘social lunch’ for members of this 360Giving Data Champions Cohort as we wrap up this year’s programme. We also did a reflection on this year’s cohort with Mor getting us to respond to four […]


Weeknotes for June 12th, 2020

More Zoomies The primary focus this week was supporting a High-Level Convening on UN Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights on June 11th. Registration closed on the morning of the event with over 1000 registrants, and we ended up with around 600 people attending. I used the webinar module in Zoom for […]


Weeknotes for June 5th, 2020

Had a chance to catch my breath this week. Breathing is a good thing. Wrapping Up Data Champions However, I was so busy last week that I even forgot to mention a workshop I’d done in the previous weeknote. Mor Rubinstein and I had run a Data for Leadership Workshop […]


Weeknotes for May 29th, 2020

Every week I seem to push new boundaries in terms of intensity, capacities and activities. Work with IFRC’s Solferino Academy is providing lots of meaningful learning opportunities for our team, Laurent Fernandez, Shaun Hazeldene & HeatherLeson, and I’m grateful. On Wednesday, we ran a virtual event on Health Innovation & […]


Weeknotes for May 22nd, 2020

This week: lots of planning, some outputs and a productive workshop for CESR Strategy Canvas for Data Champions I am working with Mor Rubinstein at 360 Giving on two workshops to wrap up this cohort of Data Champions working in UK Grantmaking Institutions. These workshops will focus on Data 4 […]


Weeknotes for May 15th, 2020

Had a four day week this week as Friday, May 15th was my 10th Wedding Anniversary, but it still felt like a full-on week. As expected, during the ECNL virtual workshop on “The Unheard Voice of Civil Society in EU Policy on AI” we danced around the definition of AI. […]


Weeknotes for May 8th, 2020

On Monday, as part of IFRC’s Solferino Academy,  Laurent Fernandez, and I ran a ‘How to use Zoom’ Skillshare for National Societies in the Americas. We broke the participants up into small groups to discuss their challenges and generate a list of questions in a google doc. We then spent […]


Weeknotes for May 1st, 2020

Thanks to Heather Leson, I managed to join a meeting to share our experiences running large virtual workshops for IFRC’s Solferino Academy with staff from Zoom. The Zoom representatives explained how they have frozen developing features for the app for the last 90 days as they focused on improving security. […]


Weeknotes for April 24th, 2020

“The world needs to speak with one voice” This from Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) Societies in response to a question about lessons learned from this pandemic. I ended last week being part of the support team for a virtual press briefing […]


Weeknotes for April 17th 2020

Another whirlwind week, can’t believe it was only four days. The main focus of the week was work with Shaun Hazeldine & Heather Leson for IFRC’s Solferino Academy to support a 60 person virtual meeting that needed simultaneous translation into four languages: Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. We worked with […]


Weeknotes for April 10th, 2020

The top three pieces of advice I’d give anyone looking to run a large online meeting. Test, test, test and then do an additional test. The focus of the week was prep for an online digital volunteer gathering for the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies and co-hosting with Shaun Hazeldine […]


Weeknotes for April 3rd, 2020

As the new normal becomes not so new and this might be our normal for quite some time ahead… Monday starts with more inquiries on helping to design and facilitate virtual meetings that were meant to be face to face. The tone ‘can we do this?’ is changing to ‘we […]


Weeknotes for March 27th, 2020

I reached capacity this week. I don’t think I have ever worked so hard. And the remarkable bit was that I did it all from home. Monday started with an online discussion with UK Grantmaker Data Champions on ‘Getting and Finding Quality Data‘ for 360 Giving. A significant point of […]


Weeknotes for March 20th, 2020

Virtual – that word dominated this week. With the question: how do we shift what we are doing to virtual? The new normal, we start the week with no idea where it will end. Over the previous weekend, I had decided to cancel Better Bankside, the excellent venue I had […]


Weeknotes for March 13th, 2020

Of course, COVID-19 dominated everything this week. There was a coronavirus tech handbook page which a bunch of helpful links that Ed Saperia from Newspeak House shared on the Network-Centric Resources List. I found the Data in the Worldometer particularly helpful in gaining perpective The week started with write a […]


Weeknotes for Feb 28th, 2020

Started the week facilitating a Strategy Implementation Retreat for Open Rights Group. When they reviewed the forward-looking calendar created during a previous retreat they were pleasantly surprised at how much they had accomplished. I’m increasingly seeing the importance of creating an organisation-wide calendar with post-it notes with remote based staff. […]


Weeknotes for Feb 21st, 2020

This week has been about coordinating, planning and scheduling events and online discussions. During a planning meeting for the Data Literacy Consortium with Heather Leson from IFRC and Katelyn Rogers and Lisa Petersen from The Centre for Humanitarian Data, we scheduled the next check-in meeting for March 10th. During the […]


Weeknotes for Feb 14th, 2020

Rachel Rank and Anna Scott at 360Giving inspired this post. We are working on a Data Champion programme for UK Grantmakers and were discussing formats for a blog post on a workshop on Data Workflows. They pointed to Cassie Robinson’s concise and informative Weeknotes. So I’m trying the format for […]


Sustaining Your Network-Centric Resource

Notes from a network-centric resources online discussion that took place on January 14th, 2020.  A network-centric resource is a knowledge asset that supports interaction and strengthens the ability of a community or network to exist. They can be a collection of curricula such as IFRC’s Data Playbook, EFF’s Security Education […]


Managing User Feedback, Online Discussion Notes

FabRiders’ Network-Centric Resources Project supports the development of people-powered and participatory resources that establish assets for networks and communities. During an online discussion that took place on September 17th, 2019, resource designers shared their lessons learned on managing user feedback. Take-aways from the discussion User feedback is a critical element […]