We hosted the 10th and final TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting (KSM) a couple of weeks ago, and it was a bittersweet experience for me.
Over the course of the 2-day conference we welcomed 208 implementers, donors, and researchers from 60 organizations and 12 countries. We also hosted 12 concurrent sessions, facilitated 17 lunchtime discussions and generated over 187 tweets!
This meeting was an apt culmination of 7 years of peer learning, knowledge sharing, and networking in global food security and nutrition programming. And we reflected not only on the collective accomplishments, innovations and lessons learned over the life of the program, but also looked forward to ways in which the greater food security and nutrition community can keep moving forward and driving collaborative learning in the years ahead.
It was a welcome contrast to my first KSM a couple of years ago, when as a new TOPS member I felt a little bit of that awkward ‘newness.’ This time around, it was wonderful to chat easily with so many colleagues, who I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with during the program. And there were many other highlights: an engaging and SO humorous keynote address by Matt Nims, Acting Director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, for one. The diversity of topics discussed, the wealth of knowledge that attendees had AND the incredible generosity everyone showed in sharing this knowledge with others blew my mind; it always does.
To me, these are key elements of TOPS’ legacy: the open exchanges; those strong relationships, both at the personal and organizational level, that can lead to many opportunities for collaboration, shared learning and improved programming.
What were the highlights of #KSDC17 for you? Please let us know.