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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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A Multi-Year Program Review

Written on August 19, 2015 at 7:55 am

Although the key to significant change is often in the lessons of long-term implementation, we don’t see these multi-year studies as often as would be useful. Recently the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program released a five year report. As readers of this blog may know, I was fortunate to be part of this program’s evolution and wrote about its early days – partnership launch  and an early eight month review. It is encouraging to see the partnership continue in this direction – continued analysis and sharing of the lessons learned.

Some of the lessons shared in the five year review …

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Tips for conducting hybrid meetings

Written on August 11, 2015 at 7:48 am

I am convinced that going forward we will be organizing more online meetings as well as those that integrate both online and offline attendees.  Even though, as humans, we will still want to gather and meet each other in-person (and will periodically continue to do so), there are many advantages to incorporating virtual or hybrid meetings into our repertoire. They include: 1) Being able to include more people in the conversation; 2) Decreasing travel costs; and 3) Decreasing our carbon footprint.

I recently attended virtually a presentation on conducting hybrid meetings and how to best engage both groups. It was …

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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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