Experience capitalization in practice

Laura Eggens

When introducing experience capitalization in Ghana, some thoughts arose on the use and usefulness of the approach.

Firstly, what exactly is ‘experience capitalization’, in a practical sense? The methodology we used in Ghana was only one way – using tables, for instance. As is outlined in the IMARK learning module, there are multiple ways of ‘doing’ experience capitalization. Perhaps a face-to-face setting such as we had in Ghana could have been used more as an opportunity to exchange the different approaches to experience capitalization that are already being used among the diverse group of participants. What were the experiences in the group that we could benefit from?

EC Workshop_Accra Ghana 2017

This opens up the question what the added value of experience capitalization is, in addition to all the other approaches and tools that have been introduced to us over the years. Of course, within this project we have many thoughts on the added value of experience capitalization: most importantly that it is a way to explicitly learn from practical reality. Yet there is no uniform answer to how it could be an added benefit in each different participant’s actual working environment. This is why we ask participants to try out the approach, in their own organizations, to find out where this approach might be useful and how they could incorporate only those parts in the future. Especially with a group so diverse as this one, with participants from different types of organizations, it will be interesting to follow the outcomes of their processes.

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