Knowledge Sharing Innovations in the Natural Resources Community: A toolkit for community-based project teams



Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Assessing impact

Chapter 3 - Environmental Complexity

Chapter 4 – Reducing the risk of failure

Chapter 5 - Critical Success Factors

Chapter 6 - Advice

Appendix A: Project Descriptions

Appendix B: Project characteristics

Appendix C: Project Highlights

Appendix D: Teleconference Participants

Appendix E: Reflection Workshop Participants

Knowledge Sharing Innovations in the Natural Resources Community: A toolkit for community-based project teams
Fri, 24 Aug 2007
Donna S. Canestraro, Jana Hrdinová, Jim Costello, Theresa A. Pardo, and Derek Werthmuller
The Electronic Commons: a community led natural resource knowledge portal was a collaborative program developed by the Wood Education and Resource Center of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Northeastern Area States, and Northern Initiatives. Eight project teams were funded to explore technology-based strategies such as Web sites and Webinars as tools for sharing knowledge on natural-resource topics of concern to their communities and to build communities of practice.This toolkit is the product of a ninth project funded through the Electronic Commons Program to produce a guidance document for future similar efforts undertaken in the natural resources community.
An ala carte approach to the Toolkit
This toolkit was written for two primary audiences – the first is project managers engaged in information technology-based innovations in the public and not-for-profit sectors and the second is funding agencies. While the full toolkit has value to both audiences, specific sections may be more suited to certain readers as a starting place.
Program or Project Managers
. . . managing multi-organizational, geographically separated teams, might start at: . . . selecting technology to support a multi-organizational, geographically separate team, might start at: . . . selecting technology for sharing knowledge among geographically dispersed audiences, might start at: . . . writing a grant proposal for technology-based knowledge sharing innovations, might start at: Funders
. . . awarding small grants aimed at technological innovation in the non-for-profit sector, might start at: