Archive for the 'Collaboration' Category

Co-creating a new type of organization

Written on July 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

How we conceive of organizations is changing.  What we have come to know as NGOs, nonprofits, charities and civil society organizations are being re-envisioned  as concepts like social enterprise have challenged the traditional silos and new hybrid structures are being created.

For the past year I’ve been working with a group we are calling Ci2iGlobal.  We are using CI2iGlobal as a laboratory for many things including experimenting with developing it as a ‘new organization’.  Here are some of the structural and operational concepts we’ve been exploring with that I believe will be increasingly important to all organizations to at least …


Effective International Expansion and Scale-Up

Written on May 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

I have been working for many years on issues  surrounding international growth and outreach, and Scaling or Scale up.  I have periodically posted different aspects of this work, but I have not written about the scaling concept itself.  This is a first short piece.

“Scale-Up” or Scaling are terms for a concept most commonly used in the business world to refer to growing the business so that it can sell more products and services, often in diverse or geographically spread markets. In the ‘social sector’ scale-up has come to refer to replicating or sharing good ideas or processes that can …


Pooling Our Experiences

Written on May 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

“Over 100 years of experience in facilitating social change in a global context”.  That’s how many years we got when we quickly estimated our combined work.  How to assess what matters and what works, how to collaborate, how to work internationally, all areas in which we have explored, experimented and in many cases have had some ‘successes’ individually or with different partners.  We came together about a year ago to explore and experiment with new ideas that might help to equip today’s changemakers to tackle the challenging new questions that face us.  Perhaps just one small piece of the puzzle, …


The Value of Mentoring

Written on February 15, 2012 at 8:40 am

The good folks at are starting a peer coaching program for the international development community.   That got me thinking recently about mentoring.  One of my earliest mentors advised me to ‘always be a mentor and have a mentor’;  and  I have always tried to follow that advice.  Sometimes the assumption is made that mentorship is ‘older’ to ‘younger’ but good mentor relationships don’t need to be age determined.  There are different kinds of mentorship relationships, and formal and informal programs.  Some of the ways mentors can support you are in your professional career, through a new project, or in …


Navigating Global Change

Written on January 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

What skills, methods and tools will we need to navigate the choppy waters we are in and bring about transformative social change?

I have just spent 3 days in discussion with 22 people from 7 countries in a “we_b” laboratory held in Brussels under the umbrella of a new collaborative group we are calling Collective Impact x Innovation Institute (Ci2i).  Some of the concepts that we explored in this initial “we_x” lab included:

1.  Thrivability – Using a whole systems approach, we evolve our way of being together, of collaborating, so that our collective wisdom and action bring forth a …