Knowledge pool

A register of names and addresses, in which local human resources – experience, talent and expertise – are contained and represented independently, as a ‘knowledge pool, for instance, or as part of another local publication such as a calendar, yearbook, etc. When we used it for the first time, the locals forming the core staff walked through the villages and asked each adult the following questions:

  • What is it that you are the best at and that you would gladly teach to others?
  • What is it that you would like to learn from others?
  • Do you approve of the publication of your name and address in a local list of contacts?

The locals collected the answers and edited them into the knowledge pool. Grouping the names of people with expertise or interest in the same subject made it clear that interested people would not have to wait for a study group leader or club manager; having the right information at hand, they could easily find each other.


Vercseg, I.: Közösségfejlesztő leckék kezdőknek és haladóknak. [Community building for beginners and professionals]. In: Parola booklets. 2004, Budapest, Hungarian Association for Community Development.

This article based on the following document: Community development methodological guide