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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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Tools and methods for co-creation in workshops

Written on October 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

This post is cross-posted from DIYToolkit where it appeared as a guest post.

Earlier this year I worked with Ci2iGlobal, a global group of social entrepreneurs and NGO practitioners, to organise a Learn and Share Lab focusing on lessons learned around co-creation. The event itself modelled a co-creative approach, and featured 14 case studies of co-creative initiatives that were discussed both in facilitated and open space. As a global group spanning numerous time zones and languages, and looking to maximize input from attendees, having a focus on accessible and practical tools was an important element for us.

A variety of

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Making Connections

Written on September 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

This week three of the different networks I am part of held symposium/workshops/conferences and a common theme was noticeable in my Twitter stream – the importance of identifying good ideas (wherever they may come from), and making connections. Some of the comments included:

  •  Can your #BigIdeas promote new and exciting partnerships? Judith Rodin @RockefellerFdn President at  SOCAP14
  • Amanda Makulec @abmakulec: Love quality improvement work: emphasis on how solutions already exist, you just have to find them & connect people to diffuse #ISymposium

This raised for me the question of “What virtual tools are we providing to help make these connections?” …

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