Monday, January 26, 2009

Who made the Knowledge Share Fair possible?

Well, it looks like all our efforts and hard work of the last 10 months was worth every bit of it. The Share Fair seems to have been a positive and rewarding experience and has created a certain buzz. On Friday my colleagues came up to me saying: "The Share Fair was great, I learnt so many new things, met interesting people and caught up with old friends and colleagues".

We are running a survey to assess the impact of the Share Fair and to find out the overall perception of the participants so that next time we can do a better job.

Many colleagues, facilitators and volunteers worked hard and long hours to make the Share Fair a success. A big thank you to each and every one of them (see slides 7-9).

And then there is Gauri Salokhe alias "Share Fair Mother Teresa" who made it all possible. Without Gauri we would not have made it. She is an amazing lady. I learnt so much from her. I was amazed how she never lost her calm, how she always had a smile on her face, how she continuously reached out to everyone, how she was always tactful and understanding with everyone, how she did what she could to please everyone, how she never shied away from taking on new tasks, how she took charge, how she never said "no", how she was there for everyone, how she had an innovative solution for every challenge and how she never lost her wonderful sense of humour. For the last 10 months Gauri was our beacon. We all have a lot to learn from her. A very special and heartfelt thank you to GAURI SALOKHE.

At the end of the day, the Share Fair provided us not only an opportunity to learn and share rural development experiences but also to learn from colleagues such as Gauri and others how to effectively work and collaborate with others.

So, now that we all feel enriched, when shall we start planning the next Share Fair?!


  1. Hear, hear! Thanks Roxy for highlighting Gauri's above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty contribution to the Share Fair. She totally deserves all the kudos :-)

  2. How true! Gauri is the personification of creative thinking, 'calm and collectedness', multi-tasking, conflict resolution, all with a beautiful smile. I am taking away a good lesson here!

    Another tribute to Gauri's work here

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  4. Thank you everyone!! It was a pleasure to work with all of you on the fair! It was a sucess, as the feedback and survey results show, because of everyone who supported at various steps. Here is a "Thank You" to everyone!!

  5. Congratulations! What an enriching experience & it brought much closer the UN agencies in Rome. We have gone from formal interactions among colleagues to collaborative & friendly communications & knowledge sharing. Thanks!