Engaging Internationally

Increasing International Dialogue and Engagement

June 27, 2011

What does it take to have more effective international dialogue? Incorporate diverse and marginalized voices?  Communication to be effective needs to be two way [See “Words that Communicate“].  Even in one language and homogeneous cultures we are not always successful in having dialogue in which everyone listens and makes an effort to understand, as much


Impact without Boundaries

June 8, 2011

As we’ve been working to bring about significant social change, alleviate poverty, and face other challenges over the past few decades, we’ve separated ourselves into silos.  We refer to:

  1. Non-governmental organizations or NGOs (also called by a whole host of other names),
  2. International development  practitioners (aid providers, not beneficiaries who have only recently been ‘asked

Trends in the international NGO (INGO) world

May 31, 2011

I often write about a spectrum of international engagement as illustrated here –  from organizations that just ‘dabble’ in the international arena to organizations that operate globally.  I try to touch upon issues that organizations deal with and lessons that can be learned at those different stages.  This blog post focuses on organizations at the …


A year can go quickly…

May 10, 2011

Those of you who follow my work know that I like to reflect periodically and within communities of practice (formal and informal) on what I/we have learned.  So as my informal blogging community of practice I invite you to reflect with me on my one year blogging anniversary.  What have I learned?

  • Getting started:

To Mama with Love

May 4, 2011

Those of us who work in the “social good” arena professionally come in contact with many good causes to support.  This is the first of periodic “thematic” blog posts on charities/causes I like and why. Inspired by the wonderful folks at Epic Change and to honor my mother, today’s blog focuses on Mother’s Day which …