Archive for the 'Community' Category

Pooling Our Experiences

Written on May 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

“Over 100 years of experience in facilitating social change in a global context”.  That’s how many years we got when we quickly estimated our combined work.  How to assess what matters and what works, how to collaborate, how to work internationally, all areas in which we have explored, experimented and in many cases have had some ‘successes’ individually or with different partners.  We came together about a year ago to explore and experiment with new ideas that might help to equip today’s changemakers to tackle the challenging new questions that face us.  Perhaps just one small piece of the puzzle, …


Turning Challenges to Opportunities

Written on April 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

With the closing of the Global Health Council (GHC) reactions have included shock/surprise and sadness.  As it evolved over its almost 40 years, it became an important convener for the global health community. The GHC announcement includes the following text: “Funding that once existed to promote a broad-based health agenda is now focused on specific health issues. The fundamental shifts in the health landscape have led the Board to revisit the relevance of the organization and determine that the Council’s current operating model is no longer sustainable.”  The reasons given most likely only hint at the full picture.  There has …


Videoconferencing Options for Multinational Working Groups

Written on March 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

Perhaps like many of you, I work with a number of multinational Boards and other working groups.  Historically they have either met in person, or via conference call.  Recently I did some research on the state of videoconferencing, hoping to find some platforms that could bridge the divide between meeting in person, and meeting by phone.  I am looking for virtual platforms that are more reliable than skype. The groups I work with usually work hard to find times they can all talk and do not have time to waste with multiple technical glitches. The options also need to be …


A new home

Written on February 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

If you frequent this blog you may notice a new look – I’ve now integrated it with my newly redesigned website.  I would like it to be easier for those involved in international engagement anywhere along the spectrum  to find resources that will help them with their work.  I’d like to invite you to take a few minutes to visit the new site and especially the resource center.  I will update it on a regular basis so I hope you might bookmark it and visit it periodically.  And please if you find a new resource that you feel would be …


Navigating Global Change

Written on January 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

What skills, methods and tools will we need to navigate the choppy waters we are in and bring about transformative social change?

I have just spent 3 days in discussion with 22 people from 7 countries in a “we_b” laboratory held in Brussels under the umbrella of a new collaborative group we are calling Collective Impact x Innovation Institute (Ci2i).  Some of the concepts that we explored in this initial “we_x” lab included:

1.  Thrivability – Using a whole systems approach, we evolve our way of being together, of collaborating, so that our collective wisdom and action bring forth a …