The Share Fairs aim to be positively interactive events, providing the possibility for Staff to showcase their experiences in knowledge sharing and, at the same, time learning from each other. Various formats such as market stalls and booths, along with workshops and short presentation sessions aim to provide an ideal opportunity for lively discussions and getting to know people. The Fairs showcase approaches for synthesizing knowledge in a way that makes it readily useful for the next person or teams wanting to learn from previous experiences. Interestingly, knowledge sharing is more than just sharing; it is about "working together", "helping each other" and "collaboration". During the coached and facilitated sessions, there are opportunities to learn together how the key principles of sharing link to real life experiences and work.
Networking is at the heart of personal and inter-personal knowledge sharing and management. It is about people connecting with people, linking ideas and resources and applying solutions to their own work to achieve best impact. With this in mind, time for networking is quite deliberately built into the agenda through coffee breaks, poster sessions and video/online demonstrations.
In addition to the core “Share Fair” events, few other event organizers have taken the methodology and adapted it to their events. This adoption is an example of the value seen by these organizers in adding interactive components to their events. The events done in affiliation with the Share Fair methodology are:
- World Forestry Week Share Fair, Rome, Italy, 26 - 28 September 2012
- Second UNDG Inter-Agency Knowledge Fair, Turin, Italy, 16 - 18 November 2010
- UNDG Inter-Agency Knowledge Fair, Vienna, Austria 28 - 30 September 2010
- 1st IAAH Consultation, Rome, Italy 22 - 24 June 2010
- ABDC-10, Guadalajara, Mexico1 - 4 March 2010