Archive for the 'Community' Category

Creating and nurturing global networks

Written on January 9, 2018 at 8:52 am

By Roopa Dhatt, Bonnie Koenig and Kelly Thompson

A couple of years ago Bonnie wrote a series of posts on how our concept of networking has changed in a more globally connected world.   We are continuing to see an increase in global networking and in the creation and expansion of new networks. Two new efforts provide interesting examples of how some of these new networks are being created and some of what is being learned.

Civil Society and Testing Change

The Civil Society and Testing Change project is a collaborative effort among a network of organizations and individuals interested in …

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Learning Lessons from Implementation

Written on October 26, 2017 at 8:47 am

The Helping Babies Breathe  (HBB) program, launched as a global collaboration in 2010 had as its first partners the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Laerdal Medical Company of Norway,  the U.S. Agency for International Development’s  (USAID)  Newborn and Maternal Health program, Save the Children, and the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD).  It now encompasses numerous additional partners, working in over 80 countries.

Recently I visited three centers in Uganda (in the Kampala area) with staff from Save the Children –Uganda.  All three of these facilities are also testing the Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR) which is being …

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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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As 2016 becomes 2017…

Written on December 20, 2016 at 7:30 am

In the end of the year summary tradition, I have revisited some of my most popular posts and some of those I have shared from other sites.

In case you missed them, some of my most popular posts of the past year included:

  • Test It!
  • The Practice of Cultural Sensitivity

Some highlights I shared this year from other authors included:

  • Approaching Cultural Differences
  • Advice to improve your unfacilitated meetings
  • Four lessons on NGOs and Social Movements finding common ground
  • Traveling while African and appeasing the travel gods
  • 10 learnings from 10 years of brainpickings

Then paving the way to 2017 …

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Operating effective organizations

Written on April 12, 2016 at 8:47 am

Last week I was one of a number of multinational presenters at the first inaugural Middle East Association Congress.  The event brought together a thoughtful and inquisitive group that explored various components of organizational development, and creating impact through them, in two days of formal and informal discussions.

Some of the themes of these discussions that I found most interesting included:

  • The learning journey – Although the conference attendees were all at different stages of their time within the association world, there was commonality as life-long learners and finding a community (or communities) with which you can share experiences. Within
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