Engaging Internationally

CIVICUS World Assembly 2010

September 1, 2010

I have been a member of CIVICUS since it was founded in the mid-1990’s. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of NGOs (Civil Society Organizations in CIVICUS parlance) and partners who work together “to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world”.  In its short life CIVICUS has been enormously …


A GlobalScale Wiki!

August 10, 2010

For the past 20+ years I have worked with nonprofits, NGOs, associations and others that have had “good ideas” that have spread around the world, sometimes strategically, more often in a somewhat ad hoc fashion.  Some of these initiatives have been more successful than others, but as a sector we have not yet mastered the …


Words that Communicate

July 28, 2010

Don’t all words communicate? you may be thinking.  Well, yes, of course they’re intended to, but we don’t always define and practice ‘communication’ as two ways – a message that is sent, received and understood.  If we focus on our messages being received, and ideally understood in the way we intended, the choice of words …


What’s all this interest in the World Cup?

July 9, 2010

I hadn’t originally thought I would blog about the World Cup.  But as I’ve spent a significant amount of time over the past month watching matches, talking about them with family, friends and colleagues, and yes, even tweeting about them, a blog post seemed appropriate.  For those of you who may not follow it, the …


A really big dream takes its first steps to reality

June 23, 2010

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (eg. inability to breathe immediately after delivery).  A few years ago a group of pediatricians affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics developed a neonatal resuscitation program that was evidence-based, easy to teach and easy to use in resource …