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Rebuilding civil society

Written on December 2, 2020 at 8:20 am

Recently I had the opportunity to co-create, host and facilitate the annual workshop of Accountable Now.   We used many of the approaches that we have developed through the Testing Change project as the farming for the workshop.  The approaches we used included:

  • Paradigm not just incremental change.
  • Circular (not linear) planning – plan, test, learn and adapt, repeat.
  • Change needs personal and organizational accountability and structure.

The broad theme of the workshop was rebuilding as we go through this disruptive pandemic period, and specifically to focus on inclusion; equity and power shifting; and resilience.

The slides we created for the …

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Learning through Disruptive Times

Written on June 15, 2020 at 11:25 am

Time for learning
Loyce Pace, CEO
Global Health Council

We are living through a worldwide health crisis, an economic crisis, a racial crisis and a crisis of democracy.  Anyone of them would test us, facing them all at once, for an indefinite time into the future, is going to take enormous amounts of our energy.  We need to pace ourselves, find our allies and partners and ‘learn into’ the crisis.  To help in the search for ‘actionable learning’ I wanted to share some of what we’ve been learning through the Testing Change project.

We started the Testing Change project six …

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Lessons from Global Health

Written on April 7, 2020 at 8:52 am

Helping Babies Survive

Although I am not a global health specialist, as a strategist, I have worked with many medical groups in the global health arena over the past 25 years.  Some of this work has included supporting the creation of the the Helping Babies Survive Global Development Alliance,  Osteopathic International Alliance and the work of the Child Health Task Force. 

As part of this work I have followed Global Health Trends.  These trends have always provided lessons and learning that go far beyond the ‘boundaries’ of global health (and those interested in it), but today’s focus on the global …

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Themes and Tips from a Peer Convening

Written on November 21, 2019 at 7:42 am

Upswell is a convening organized by the national organization Independent Sector to bring together those working towards change in the social sector in the US. The following are a few themes and tips I took from participating in this convening recently:

For our organizations:

  • To get different results we need to do things differently.  One practical way of doing that is to get out of our own bubbles and traditional networks for hiring new members to our teams and seeking new partners.
  • We can get very distracted by innovation.  Holding up and strengthening good efforts that are already happening can
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Multi-Generational Dialogue: Getting Practical

Written on May 30, 2018 at 8:31 am

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

Last year we wrote about the importance of multi-generational dialogue.  We noted a number of considerations to help make these exchanges effective including: two-way dialogue; ensuring that the approach is inclusive and intersectional; strong facilitation; and all participants make a genuine commitment to listen and understand.

Recently we facilitated a workshop for nonprofit leaders to delve further into the practicalities of engaging across generations, and integrating these approaches into organizational practices and cultures.

Some of what we discussed included:

  • The concept of a ‘generation’ has become fluid and often
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