Engaging Internationally

Co-creating a new type of organization

July 3, 2012

How we conceive of organizations is changing.  What we have come to know as NGOs, nonprofits, charities and civil society organizations are being re-envisioned  as concepts like social enterprise have challenged the traditional silos and new hybrid structures are being created.

For the past year I’ve been working with a group we are calling Ci2iGlobal.  …


Effective International Expansion and Scale-Up

May 16, 2012

I have been working for many years on issues  surrounding international growth and outreach, and Scaling or Scale up.  I have periodically posted different aspects of this work, but I have not written about the scaling concept itself.  This is a first short piece.

“Scale-Up” or Scaling are terms for a concept most commonly used …


Pooling Our Experiences

May 9, 2012

“Over 100 years of experience in facilitating social change in a global context”.  That’s how many years we got when we quickly estimated our combined work.  How to assess what matters and what works, how to collaborate, how to work internationally, all areas in which we have explored, experimented and in many cases have had …


Turning Challenges to Opportunities

April 26, 2012

With the closing of the Global Health Council (GHC) reactions have included shock/surprise and sadness.  As it evolved over its almost 40 years, it became an important convener for the global health community. The GHC announcement includes the following text: “Funding that once existed to promote a broad-based health agenda is now focused on specific …


As Time Goes By

April 11, 2012

I’ve been  thinking  a lot recently about the passage of time.  What does it mean and how do we mark it?

I like to celebrate & commemorate anniversary dates of different events – some of us  do and some prefer not to – that preference can be personal, organizational or cultural.  Many of us who …