Archive for the 'Collaboration' Category

Multi-generational Dialogue

Written on July 13, 2017 at 6:56 am

This post has been co-authored by Bonnie Koenig and Alyssa Smaldino

In 2011 the most recent UN’s State of the World Report noted that “People under 25 make up 43 percent of the world’s population, and 60 percent of the population of developing countries.”

The ‘millennial’ generation is now making their impact known not only in numbers but with the creation of many new organizations founded and/or run by youth.  The ONE campaign put a focus on a sample of some of them in this post.

Yet with all of this increase in youth energy and initiative, we are still …

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Test It! Lessons we are Learning

Written on February 28, 2017 at 9:09 am

I continue to work on a global project that focuses on the significant change that is impacting the civil society / NGO sector and developing and testing some new initiatives to address these changes which I first introduced on my blog last year. This work of the project is being done by diverse and global working groups, working primarily virtually.  As we all move towards more virtual work to conserve our resources, deal with increasing travel restrictions and reduce our carbon footprint, these process lessons may be of interest to other similar efforts.

As our Steering Group worked to design …

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Five ways to engage internationally in 2017

Written on January 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

  • Widen your horizons – The divisions between national and global have blurred. One result of this is that it is even easier to find information that can be helpful in your work from around the globe.  Looking for some new ideas?  Someone dealing with challenges similar to your own? Widen your horizons. Here are two examples of sites with a lot of interesting organizations and stories View Change and Idealist
  • Have multi-generational conversations – Some cultures silo generations more than others. Make it a practice to learn from cultures that respect the perspectives of both elders and youth.  Here are
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Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a Global Gateway

Written on November 30, 2016 at 8:26 am

When I first started working on the concept of international engagement in the 1990’s it was a relatively uncommon concept.  There were local, national and international organizations and they were each seen to have their own proscribed (geographic) areas of interests, and stakeholders.  The boundaries began to blur a little in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with the growing popularity of the Internet and other trends, but it was social media and global agreements such as the Millennium Development Goals (succeeded by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals last year) which helped pave the way for a …

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From Youth Engagement to Youth Integration

Written on August 9, 2016 at 7:56 am

 

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 workshop brought together representatives of existing and newer youth founded and led organizations and those from the philanthropic community working in this area.  We looked at some of what has already been learned and what are some of the ideas we need to keep in mind …

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