The power of hindsight

Final learning sessions on Red Cross projects.

We go like crazy, what can I tell you that you don’t already know. We go from project to project. Up and down. And we start all over again. Sometimes we have the feeling that we are making the same mistakes of past projects. Like a feeling of déjà vu. And this is not healthy. That’s why when a project ends, it’s good to ask ourselves these questions: What have we learned? What can we improve?

This is what the Reflection sessions on the Evaluation and Screening Meeting of the Spanish Red Cross GO Learning and Awareness Project are all about.

We had the honour of holding a special meeting and working session, focusing on the GO Learning and Awareness raising initiatives.[1] These sessions served as a closure of the initiative, offering a space to share, evaluate and reflect on its impact based on its practical application.

The Value of the Retrospectives undertaken.

The retrospectives that were conducted proved to be essential tools for learning and continuous improvement. They allowed the teams and the organisation to reflect on their actions, identify areas of improvement and strengths, and strategise for optimal performance in future projects. By enhancing collective learning, the retrospectives became catalysts for change and evolution, ensuring that mistakes were transformed into opportunities for growth and that successes were celebrated and benchmarked.

Objectives of the Meeting that were addressed:

  • GC1. The fundamental objectives of the project were reviewed and recalled, emphasising their relevance.
  • GC2. The actions carried out in the framework of the project were presented in a structured and detailed way.
  • GC3. The objectives and actions of the project were evaluated in depth, measuring their effectiveness and scope.
  • GC4. The implementation of the actions was discussed, reflecting on their practical and tangible application.
  • GC4. The implementation of the actions was discussed, reflecting on their practical and tangible application.

The sessions were designed to foster the exchange of experiences and reflections on the development and results of the project.

An overall retrospective of the initiatives was created, with the aim of drawing lessons for future projects. In addition, special emphasis was placed on assessing the practical aspects that emerged during the implementation of the project and how the retrospectives enhanced the learning and adaptability of the organisation.

The main purpose of this meeting was to comprehensively evaluate the project, identifying lessons learned, practices that could be adopted in future projects, priorities and aspects that could be omitted or modified in the future.

What if we tell what happened and also propose solutions?

Not only did we talk about the projects, but to give it an extra push we decided to incorporate the design thinking approach. This methodology places a strong emphasis on creativity, allowing us to approach problems from a fresh and innovative perspective. Through the ideation phase of design thinking, we generate a wide variety of ideas and solutions, challenging conventional answers and always looking for novel ways to address challenges. In addition, we use a variety of techniques to try to think outside the box and enhance our creative capacity at every step of the process.”


We thank all the stakeholders and interested parties who joined us in this meeting, where together we reflected on the road travelled and charted the course for future projects. It was a unique opportunity to learn, share and plan actions that will have a positive and lasting impact on our community. Thank you for your valuable participation!

From Thinkers Co we love these meetings where we bring out our true DNA as facilitators, remember “Design is powerful conversations” if you need help for working sessions with your clients do not hesitate to contact us.

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