Archive for the 'Community' Category

Inspirational People and Inspirational Teams

Written on July 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

I wrote a blog post a few years ago on what I believe makes an inspirational person. Groups of people working together in concert can also make inspirational teams. A group I recently worked with- Let’s Recycle India – is working to be one of these groups. What is making their efforts inspirational?

1)      Holistic, values oriented thinking: They are in waste management but they think beyond their particular business and field to the impacts on the environment and people.


2)      Belief in team concept by all managers and ‘walking the talk’: To be an effective and indeed inspirational …


Learn Share Lab on Co-Creation

Written on February 20, 2014 at 12:23 am

A small but diverse group from 12 countries and many fields of practice came together recently to explore the concept of co-creation at the Learn Share Lab.  The event modeled a co-creative approach itself, featuring 14 case studies of co-creative initiatives, discussed both in facilitated and open space sessions, which were guided by a number of the workshop’s participants.

In two days of animated large and small group discussions, some themes about co-creation that surfaced included:

Co-creation can be a challenge to define but some core concepts (patterns in organization and methodology) may be identifiable.  Some discussed by the workshop’s …


International engagement: new trends and ‘time honored’ patterns

Written on August 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

In support of a few organizations that are increasing their international engagement, I have been surveying a number of organizations further along the international engagement spectrum  for their experiences.  I started to follow a number of these ‘further along the spectrum’ organizations over a decade ago, and it has been interesting to see some new trends, some accelerated trends, and also to see some patterns that have remained consistent.

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One area of operating globally that seems to be of increasing interest but not yet well explored is the need to connect offline and online communities so the two …


Are you (Really) Ready to Lead this Meeting?

Written on April 2, 2013 at 7:10 am

I was recently asked to do a training session for facilitators. I have facilitated many meetings  over the years, of many types of groups, but never received any formal training to do so.  As a relatively young executive director, it was assumed that it was something I could do, and I was just expected to facilitate staff and volunteer meetings.  I am sure I made my share of ‘mistakes’ and had a few moments of thinking ‘what do I do now??’ but over the years of working with different groups I gained more experience and more confidence.  The request to …


The Boundary of Age

Written on February 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

This is a guest post by Kate Otto of  Everyday Ambassador.  My guest post on the same theme can be found on EA’s site here.

My name is Kate Otto, and I manage a website called “Everyday Ambassador”, where we discuss the dynamics of crossing boundaries of geography, culture, and socio-economic status in our efforts to make the world a better place.

When I recently met Bonnie, and we bonded over how many goals we have in common, I realized a boundary I so rarely cross on my site:

 What about the boundary of age?

So often, my generation sets …