Archive for the 'Community' Category

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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Networking and global impact

Written on February 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

How are our changing ways of networking changing the way NGOs develop and expand globally? When I was writing about organizations increasing their international engagement for the book Going Global for the Greater Good  in 2003 the concept of networking globally was still confined to a fairly small group of organizations, and connecting an individual’s networks to how it might benefit their organization’s was not as obvious or as nearly seamless as it has become.

Although traditional ways of building relationships, strong bonds and trust still remain important, our networking options to identify those with similar interests around the world …

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What Comes Down from the Mountain? (The World Economic Forum 2016)

Written on January 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

This week the World Economic Forum is meeting in the Swiss town of Davos. Many of us aren’t aware of this or if we are, don’t think anything will come out of it that is useful to our work. Historically this has been true but today’s “Davos” is a bit different. There is some good news and some less good news regarding the changes. First the context (the not so good news):

1) Only 18% of attendees are women
2) An Oxfam report shows that only 62 people own the same resources as half the world and Davos still is …

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