Hands-on Learning Issue 13

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom” reads a quote by E.O. Wilson, who wrote the book, ‘Consilience: The unity of knowledge’. Through the newly revived and rebranded edition of our Hands-on Learning publication, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learned so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences. In this issue:

Embrace is a national movement to help create connected, supported and celebrated motherhood journeys for all women in South Africa. Connecting people in a diverse and unequal society such as South Africa’s is by no means easy. Embrace shares three lessons that changed and shaped its strategy, and which might serve as inspiration for other organisations facing similar challenges.

Book donation organisation, Biblionef, shares what they learned from a 21-month pilot project with Foundation Phase teachers to determine the impact book donations can have on teachers and children if coupled with training.

Many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are embracing mobile technology to connect with their target audiences. We interviewed a number of organisations with experience developing mobile platforms to drive social change. We asked them what they learned and their best advice to those interested in going down this path.

Page through the entire publication below – choose full screen mode [   ] for a better reading experience – or click on the links provided below to read and download individual briefs.

Links for individual briefs:

  • Connecting South Africans around motherhood:  Three strategic insights that have shaped the mission of Embrace (read here).
  • The power of engaging around stories: Evidence from the Biblionef and Western Cape Education Department Book Project (read here).
  • How not to trip up on the digital highway: Lessons from social innovators developing e-platforms (read here).