Engaging Internationally

Making the Most of Online Events

September 24, 2013

The past few years have found numerous new opportunities to follow and sometimes engage with conferences and more informal conversations around the world online.  In any given week  – from annual conferences (this week) like the Clinton Global Initiative and Social Good Summit to more regular chats with high profile individuals such as former UN …


International engagement: new trends and ‘time honored’ patterns

August 12, 2013

In support of a few organizations that are increasing their international engagement, I have been surveying a number of organizations further along the international engagement spectrum  for their experiences.  I started to follow a number of these ‘further along the spectrum’ organizations over a decade ago, and it has been interesting to see some new …


Finding Daily Inspiration

June 27, 2013

Recently I was talking to a long-term colleague about a project I’ve been developing based on this piece. He’s done some amazing work over the years for positive societal change, but admitted he’d become a bit cynical.  While we were talking about how hard it can be to bring about significant change he mentioned a …


Healing the World post-2015

June 4, 2013

In July 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced  a 27 member High-level Panel (HLP) to advise on  a new set of global development goals. These new goals are to replace the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)  whose final target date was set in 2000 for 2015.  The new process has thus been dubbed post-2015.  The UN and …


Cross-sector Learning

April 30, 2013

Most of my work is done with NGOs and n the civil society sector.  But as I feel strongly about cross-sector exchange, and finding few conferences that bring together diverse perspectives, I try to go to meetings that focus on different sectors.  Last week I went to a business conference on “Emerging Markets” in which …