Archive for the 'Global events' Category

Operating effective organizations

Written on April 12, 2016 at 8:47 am

Last week I was one of a number of multinational presenters at the first inaugural Middle East Association Congress.  The event brought together a thoughtful and inquisitive group that explored various components of organizational development, and creating impact through them, in two days of formal and informal discussions.

Some of the themes of these discussions that I found most interesting included:

  • The learning journey – Although the conference attendees were all at different stages of their time within the association world, there was commonality as life-long learners and finding a community (or communities) with which you can share experiences. Within
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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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Transitioning to a new year

Written on January 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm

The ends and beginnings of calendar years are always good times for some reflection on what’s just past and looking forward to the new year. Due to a heavy travel schedule, I missed blogging some end of the year reflections as I have done the past few years, so this year I am combining some year end reflections with a greater emphasis on the moving forward into a new year.

  • Global Goals – If our increasing global ties were ever in doubt, 2015 brought them clearly into focus. From the distressing series of terrorist bombings spanning the globe and affecting
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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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2015 – A Year of Transition Gains Momentum

Written on July 16, 2015 at 7:10 am

As has been obvious to those who follow the international policy arena and/or have seen all of the #post2015 hashtags, 2015 was going to be a year of transition in the global arena. A few major milestones were on the horizon including:

  • The Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa this week (how are we going to pay for new global goals?)
  • Another summit in New York in September this year  which will formally approve the 17 Sustainable Development global goals (SDGs) that will replace the past decade’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) .
  • And towards the end of the year
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