Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

Test It! Lessons we are Learning Part II

Written on April 24, 2018 at 9:10 am

 

Introduction

The Civil Society and Testing Change project (CS&TC) is an initiative to develop and test new ways for civil society organizations and their partners to operate.  The project’s model is for global, multi-stakeholder working groups to focus on areas where operational changes may have the most effect on impact, and to have a lead group test these ideas and theories over a multi-year period.  An introductory blog post can be found here. Our target group are NGOs and civil society organizations that are 10+ years old, interested in considering operational changes to remain effective and relevant, and with …

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Global Trends for Social Sector Organizations

Written on February 13, 2018 at 8:31 am

I recently facilitated a session for social sector practitioners on global trends for organizations engaging internationally, and some ideas for how they could incorporate them into their operations or programs in creative ways.  Here is some of what we discussed:

Tying to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – organizations can use the SDGs as a gateway to encourage their members to think and act more globally

Some examples:

* The International Coach Federation through its foundation has an initiative to ‘advance social progress through coaching‘ by supporting organizations working on the SDGs.

* The International Federation of Library Associations has …

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Creating and nurturing global networks

Written on January 9, 2018 at 8:52 am

By Roopa Dhatt, Bonnie Koenig and Kelly Thompson

A couple of years ago Bonnie wrote a series of posts on how our concept of networking has changed in a more globally connected world.   We are continuing to see an increase in global networking and in the creation and expansion of new networks. Two new efforts provide interesting examples of how some of these new networks are being created and some of what is being learned.

Civil Society and Testing Change

The Civil Society and Testing Change project is a collaborative effort among a network of organizations and individuals interested in …

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Popular posts of 2017

Written on December 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm

 

 

In case you may have missed them, here are my most popular posts from 2017:

 

  • Five ways to engage internationally in 2017 (January) – just as the title reads, this post encouraged organizations to broaden their horizons by starting the year with some simple ways to engage internationally.  There may be some useful reminders here to jumpstart your 2018 as well!

 

  • Global Health Trends  (April) – a periodic update of a scan of the global health arena I started to do for clients in 2011.

 

  • The State of Impact Assessment (May) – looking at how
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Continuing to Explore Impact Assessment

Written on November 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

Earlier this year I wrote about the state of impact assessment. Under the auspices of the Civil Society and Testing Change project, I recently helped convene and facilitate a discussion to further exchange learning on this topic, and brainstorm how we can make our ideas more actionable. Some of the ideas shared at this roundtable are below.

Some key variables to consider:

  • It is important to stipulate how you are defining impact, and whether your purpose is to validate your impact and/or to improve it. Find ways to keep your focus on impact, however a group defines it.
  • Building
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