Engaging Internationally

Back to the Future

December 8, 2011

[Note: I was asked by the creative folks behind whydev.org in Australia to draft a guest post that would reflect some on changes that I have seen in the international arena over the past few decades.  This is that post which can also be found on whydev.org The title came from our brainstorming about how


Outside of our Comfort Zones

November 15, 2011

“Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”  ~Pablo Picasso

It almost feels a bit clichéd to write “the world is becoming more global”,  but virtually and in person we are interacting on …


We are 7 Billion – what’s next?

October 31, 2011

Earlier this year I wrote about ‘awareness raising campaigns‘. Although the 7 Billionth Person mark is not an awareness raising campaign per se, it has many of the same characteristics.  It has been interesting to watch the progression of public attention.  It started a few weeks back when the United Nation Population Fund (UNFP) released …


Translating Complexity into Manageable Action

October 11, 2011

We live in an increasingly complex world, but to implement effective solutions, especially on any type of large scale, we need to have relatively simple approaches that a wide range of people can follow.  So much of what we do as practitioners is to translate complex ideas and solutions into simple (without being condescending or …


Working Together

September 28, 2011

One of the themes that came out of last week’s discussions around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the need for more effective cross-sector partnerships.  Although there are specific examples, they can be hard to come by.  Perhaps at some point I will curate a more extensive reading list around this topic, but for now, here …