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The World Bank Institute's Knowledge Exchange (WBIKE) practice is dedicated to supporting and equipping the World Bank’s frontline teams with resources to connect countries more systematically and effectively. Sharing knowledge and experiences among peers and partners in the global South is a key priority for many developing countries. Read More »

Webinar: Dr. Ed Hoffman - How NASA transformed itself into a learning organization

What can Knowledge Hubs learn from NASA? Knowledge sharing within an organization is an important element of continuous learning. The better an organization has internalized systematic knowledge sharing, the more effective it will be with knowledge sharing efforts outside of the immediate organizational set-up. Adaptation and replication of successful solutions is a core idea behind knowledge sharing. But learning theory also confirms that we learn best from things that have not worked. Learning from failure is a side that is still largely under explored in the current South-South discourse.
 
NASA’s public footprint made it necessary to quickly learn from its 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident to ensure similar mistakes can be avoided in the future. We had a rich discussion on how public sector institutions can learn from NASA’s example, its strategies, corporate knowledge sharing priorities, and implementation of a new learning agenda.

View a recording of the webinar