Engaging Internationally

Thanksgiving and EpicThanks

November 23, 2010

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S.  With Christmas Day and New Years it is one of only three days when almost all commercial and governmental operations are closed.  I especially like Thanksgiving because it is secular and everyone celebrates it.  Thanksgiving has a history  and all kinds of discussion about its origins, but it is
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A Community of Practice to Discuss Global Scale Up

November 4, 2010

In June I wrote about some of the scale-up work I was doing with the Helping Babies Breathe. In August I wrote about a collaboration with  Amy Sample Ward of NetSquared to launch a GlobalScale wiki and  to shepherd the creation of a community of practice on this topic area.

The Helping Babies Breathe program …

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The preciousness of water

October 15, 2010

Today is the annual Blog Action Day, this year focused on water.  Take a few minutes with me to focus on this important issue.

In some ways I’ve had water conservation as a recurring theme for the past few decades of my life.   Early on in my professional career I was the executive director of …

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What makes someone inspirational?

October 5, 2010

A few times recently I’ve found myself writing these words: “One of the most inspirational voices of our time” about  Kumi Naidoo,  Paul Farmer  and Wangari Maathai.  As I don’t take the use of the adjective “inspirational” lightly, it made me think about what makes me refer to someone as ‘inspirational’?  We obviously all have …

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What have we learned from all of this talk about Millennium Development Goals?

September 27, 2010

Last week in New York world leaders, NGO representatives, and a multitude of other stakeholders and interested parties met for a review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In addition to the official MDG Summit numerous auxiliary meetings were held including the Clinton Global Initiative, Digital Media Lounge, and TedXChange.  What did we learn (or …

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