Knowledge Fair

Knowledge Fair

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Event meant to share a large number of information about an organization or a topic. It can involve the use of speakers, demonstrations, or both. During a knowledge fair the attendees interact with each other as well as with the presenters. The participants can get their questions immediately answered and network to deepen the topic. Compared to traditional presentations a knowledge fair is more interactive; it is particularly recommended when numerous information need to be shared with many people. [1]

Toolkit.png Organising a Knowledge Fair

Step by Step

  1. Publicize the fair widely.
  2. Put the fair where there is a lot of foot traffic, e.g. in the atrium of the organization. Don't accept a decision to put the fair in an out-of-the way space - location is essential for a successful fair.
  3. Put your best communities of practice on display.
  4. Be realistic about how much time it takes for communities to prepare and display.
  5. Plan ahead for electric power which can be substantial if computers are used.
  6. Plan to have technicians on hand when things break down.
  7. Plan for security of equipment when booths are not staffed.
  8. Don't plan in too much detail for the actual booths -- communities can self-organize within a common framework.
  9. Don't be too serious - a fair can be fun.[2]

Job Aid

Pdf.png Organizing a Knowledge Fair

Link icon.png Web Resources
Find below additional information and resources.
Link Content
Brief Description of a Knowledge Fair (Wiki toolkit) This Knowledge Fair toolkit will help you understand and organize a Knowledge Fair.
A Knowledge Share Fair Factsheet This factsheet put together by FAO briefly describes the usefulness of a Knowledge Fair
The horizontal organizational ritual: the knowledge fair Here are some dos and don'ts for organizing a knowledge fair.


  1. (9 June 2009), (9 June 2009)
  2. (9 June 2009), (9 June 2009)