Archive for the 'Community' Category

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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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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