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Qualitative methods

Workshops and meetings

Living Labs

From Wikipedia: A living lab, or living laboratory, is a research concept, which may be defined as a user-centered, open-innovation ecosystem, often operating in a territorial context (e.g. city, agglomeration, region), integrating concurrent research and innovation processes within a public-private-people partnership. (Review needed!)

World Cafe

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Open Space

Open Space is similar to World Cafe, but participants are free to move around the groups (or no group). Also, the topics of conversation are determined and prioritized right then and there, at the beginning of the meeting. This should help the most relevant and exciting topics to be discussed. Although, the meeting may turn out differently than you thought!

Open Space has been used by the alumni group organizing this handbook, and other efforts to support Agroecology masters students into early career.

Communication and diversity training


GreenBlueRed is used in NMBU’s first semester of Agroecology. It is a method for learning about different communication styles.

BaFa’ BaFa’


BaFa’ BaFa’ is a face-to-face learning simulation. It is intended to improve participants’ cultural competency by helping them understand the impact of culture on the behavior of people and organizations. Participants experience “culture shock” by traveling to and trying to interact with a culture in which the people have different values, different ways of behaving and different ways of solving problems.

  • To help participants understand the idea, power and importance of culture
  • To help participants learn how to value cultural differences
  • To prepare individuals to go to different cultures
  • To help members of a dominant culture value people from other cultures
  • To reduce inhibitions in binational or international groups


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