Archive for the 'Community' Category

Observations on a design oriented workshop

Written on May 21, 2015 at 8:35 am

This week I helped facilitate the work of a diverse group exploring what resources could be created for people with disabilities, whatever their disability might be and wherever they might reside. The group of ten very creative people had participants from four countries and a wide variety of professions, experiences and perspectives. We outlined an innovative and versatile resource app called “U Access” – your Global Concierge (unfortunately not yet an actual app, still just an idea) which would pull from existing data bases and information from users to provide answers in ‘real time’ and be available to a wide …

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Exploring the Social Lab Framework

Written on April 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

About a year ago I discovered the work of Zaid Hassan around Social Labs through social media and a new book he wrote The Social Labs Revolution about designing and implementing the Social Lab concept. I was especially interested in how this work would apply to a new project I am managing that seemed to lend itself to a Social Lab framework. The working definition of a Social Lab used by Hassan is: Bringing together a diverse, committed team and taking an experimental, prototyping-based approach to addressing challenges systemically, that is, at root cause level. Keep going as long as …

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Transitioning to a New Year

Written on January 5, 2015 at 7:51 am

2014 provided some significant global events and momentum for positive change that we can build on in the new year.  Some of these include:

• Sustaining emergent movements: 2014 included protest movements in Hong Kong , the U.S.  and in Peru around climate change negotiations. A new year will challenge us all to sustain the momentum towards justice, nurturing and extending our communities.

• #post-2015: After much build up, 2015 marks the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

• Certain concepts are universal and timeless:  One of the inspirational people who passed away in …

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Learning from Wherever it May Come

Written on November 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

In September (Making the Most of Online Events) and November 2013 (Asking the Tough Questions) I participated in a number of conferences and workshops through livestreaming and other online opportunities. Although nothing replaces real life interactions, the online option can allow one to be in more than one place at a time. Last week was again one of those times where I participated in a couple of different events while still in my home office. Here is some of what I learned:

  • The Global Education Conference now in its fifth year,  is held completely online through the Blackboard platform. The
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A new round of UN Summits

Written on November 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

Every now and then I get ‘historically reflective’.  A few years ago I did a post on “Back to the Future” (which also has some great discussion in the comments section).   Twenty years after a round of UN Forums, this new round of UN Forums we have ‘quietly’ moved into (seeming to parallel and in some cases, directly tied – i.e. Habitat III to those in the 1990s) is again causing me to reflect historically.

The Summits of the 1990’s

The 1990’s saw an unusual round of UN Summit activity with corresponding NGO Forums. They included:

  • UN Conference on Environment
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