How to Hold a Successful Share Fair (Second Edition)

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May 6, 2015
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What is a Share Fair?

A share fair is a participatory event—usually focused on a single topic or field—that promotes learning from participants’ experiences to improve their work. As they are tailored to the needs of the participants, there is no right or wrong way to hold share fairs. The aim of these events is to provide participants with opportunities to share experiences and learn new skills and techniques related to their work.

Generally, share fairs differ from typical conferences in the following ways:

  • Registration is open to specific invitees rather than the public
  • The number of participants is usually smaller and topics are more specific
  • The focus is on experiences and knowledge in people’s heads (tacit knowledge) rather than research results or formal findings
  • The delivery method of presentations is more varied and creative
  • Communication among participants is less formal and focuses on two-way dialogue
  • The agenda is less structured and includes built-in opportunities to network and collaborate withcolleagues, not just during break times and meals

How to Use This Guide

Updated for 2016, the authors developed this guide as a reference tool for anyone who works in public health or international development health and wants to bring together a group of people to discuss ideas, address challenges, and share best practices. Users can reference this guide to find what is most relevant for their specific needs.