Archive for the 'Collaboration' Category

Exploring the Social Lab Framework

Written on April 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

About a year ago I discovered the work of Zaid Hassan around Social Labs through social media and a new book he wrote The Social Labs Revolution about designing and implementing the Social Lab concept. I was especially interested in how this work would apply to a new project I am managing that seemed to lend itself to a Social Lab framework. The working definition of a Social Lab used by Hassan is: Bringing together a diverse, committed team and taking an experimental, prototyping-based approach to addressing challenges systemically, that is, at root cause level. Keep going as long as …

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Making Connections

Written on September 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

This week three of the different networks I am part of held symposium/workshops/conferences and a common theme was noticeable in my Twitter stream – the importance of identifying good ideas (wherever they may come from), and making connections. Some of the comments included:

  •  Can your #BigIdeas promote new and exciting partnerships? Judith Rodin @RockefellerFdn President at  SOCAP14
  • Amanda Makulec @abmakulec: Love quality improvement work: emphasis on how solutions already exist, you just have to find them & connect people to diffuse #ISymposium

This raised for me the question of “What virtual tools are we providing to help make these connections?” …

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Inspirational People and Inspirational Teams

Written on July 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

I wrote a blog post a few years ago on what I believe makes an inspirational person. Groups of people working together in concert can also make inspirational teams. A group I recently worked with- Let’s Recycle India – is working to be one of these groups. What is making their efforts inspirational?

1)      Holistic, values oriented thinking: They are in waste management but they think beyond their particular business and field to the impacts on the environment and people.

 

2)      Belief in team concept by all managers and ‘walking the talk’: To be an effective and indeed inspirational …

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Learn Share Lab on Co-Creation

Written on February 20, 2014 at 12:23 am

A small but diverse group from 12 countries and many fields of practice came together recently to explore the concept of co-creation at the Learn Share Lab.  The event modeled a co-creative approach itself, featuring 14 case studies of co-creative initiatives, discussed both in facilitated and open space sessions, which were guided by a number of the workshop’s participants.

In two days of animated large and small group discussions, some themes about co-creation that surfaced included:

Co-creation can be a challenge to define but some core concepts (patterns in organization and methodology) may be identifiable.  Some discussed by the workshop’s …

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Creating Effective Partnerships: Ownership and sustainability at the local level

Written on April 9, 2013 at 8:20 am

This is a guest post by Meg Mall,  International Development Consultant for Goodwill Industries International

In my various roles with Goodwill Industries International over the past 10 years, I’ve supported and led Goodwill’s international growth and have also played a leadership role in other international associations, such as Workability Americas/Workability International. Those of us working in the international development field all face different challenges based on our mission statements, structure and governance, etc. but I have learned that we all must address issues related to funding, sustainability and how to create and measure impact.

I have been doing a lot …

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