Engaging Internationally

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 …

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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 …

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Reflecting on Corporate Social Responsibility

September 19, 2011

J. from Tales from the Hood is kicking off this week a “Aid Blog Forum” introducing different topics on a periodic basis.  The initial topic is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and you can read the intro blog here.  I am certainly no expert on CSR but I am happy to participate in the inaugural forum …

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The Grand Challenge: Saving Lives through Collaboration

July 20, 2011

Although I generally don’t like Contests, they do exist, and sometimes participation is important.

Earlier this year a partnership of the Gates Foundation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, USAID and the World Bank launched a Grand Challenge “To accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level, [by …

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Reflecting on being a ‘changemaker’

July 5, 2011

At the end of June I had the good fortune to be among a team of facilitators from different countries helping with the Ashoka Changemakers Week in France.  I facilitated sessions on scaling up, attended the plenaries and a workshop on social impact, and had numerous conversations with people doing exciting work from around the …

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