Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a Global Gateway

Written on November 30, 2016 at 8:26 am

When I first started working on the concept of international engagement in the 1990’s it was a relatively uncommon concept.  There were local, national and international organizations and they were each seen to have their own proscribed (geographic) areas of interests, and stakeholders.  The boundaries began to blur a little in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with the growing popularity of the Internet and other trends, but it was social media and global agreements such as the Millennium Development Goals (succeeded by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals last year) which helped pave the way for a …

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Global work and travel

Written on October 25, 2016 at 8:08 am

I gave a presentation recently on some tips for traveling and working globally.  For most of the readers of this blog these will just be a reminder, for others there may be some new ideas, but I thought they would be worth sharing.

  • Be open and flexible – be willing to do things you might not at home, for example trying unusual foods or changing your schedule to better suit the local environment. Once you actually spend time in another location and use your powers of observation  or spend more time getting to know your local partners or hosts, you
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From Youth Engagement to Youth Integration

Written on August 9, 2016 at 7:56 am

 

In a previous blog post I wrote about the beginnings of the Civil Society and Testing Change (CS&TC) project.  This post shares our experiences last month with our first themed roundtable in New York City exploring the concept of better engaging youth in decision-making, or pushing the paradigm from engagement to integration.

The workshop brought together representatives of existing and newer youth founded and led organizations and those from the philanthropic community working in this area.  We looked at some of what has already been learned and what are some of the ideas we need to keep in mind …

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Test It!

Written on July 26, 2016 at 6:48 am

A Project to Test Operational Changes to Civil Society Organizations

A couple of years ago, a small group started a global conversation around the dramatic operational changes that will be needed to keep civil society organizations/NGOs relevant while facing a daunting set of challenges. Some of these challenges include: (1) changing demographics; (2) virtual connectivity; (3) the increase in social entrepreneurship and how a profit concept may apply to a traditionally ‘not-for-profit’ sector; and (4) changing funding patterns and international players.  See more about these trends and our initial conversation in this SSIR post.

Through a series of conversations since …

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Global-Local Linkages

Written on May 17, 2016 at 8:09 am

Last week I facilitated a roundtable on the topic of global-local linkages: how global trends are affecting our local work, and how we are learning to incorporate global perspectives better into our work.  Some of the global trends identified by participants included:

  • Although every generation is multifaceted, some of the traits millennials are bringing to the workplace were identified as being comfortable with the world and with technology, crossing (different types of) boundaries easily, and looking for impact from their work more than previous generations.
  • An increased ease and access of global-local information flow – this is leading us to
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