Engaging Internationally

Exploring Social Innovation

September 28, 2016

Over the past decade the concept of innovation and social innovation have increased dramatically in usage and popularity. Google ‘innovation’ and over 500 million results come up; social innovation and one gets over 20 million results. I am often a bit skeptical of currently popular approaches or solutions to complex and long-term challenges. In our …

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From Youth Engagement to Youth Integration

August 9, 2016

 

In a previous blog post I wrote about the beginnings of the Civil Society and Testing Change (CS&TC) project.  This post shares our experiences last month with our first themed roundtable in New York City exploring the concept of better engaging youth in decision-making, or pushing the paradigm from engagement to integration.

The …

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Test It!

July 26, 2016

A Project to Test Operational Changes to Civil Society Organizations

A couple of years ago, a small group started a global conversation around the dramatic operational changes that will be needed to keep civil society organizations/NGOs relevant while facing a daunting set of challenges. Some of these challenges include: (1) changing demographics; (2) virtual connectivity; …

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Global-Local Linkages

May 17, 2016

Last week I facilitated a roundtable on the topic of global-local linkages: how global trends are affecting our local work, and how we are learning to incorporate global perspectives better into our work.  Some of the global trends identified by participants included:

  • Although every generation is multifaceted, some of the traits millennials are bringing to
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The Practice of Cultural Sensitivity

April 21, 2016

 

I have had a number of interactions recently that have me thinking about how the appreciation of and sensitivity to other cultures, the basis for effective partnerships, is a practice.  There’s an increasing focus on the ‘basics’ of cultural sensitivity, but less on the more in-depth approaches to an on-going practice of this …

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