Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

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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The Practice of Cultural Sensitivity

Written on April 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

 

I have had a number of interactions recently that have me thinking about how the appreciation of and sensitivity to other cultures, the basis for effective partnerships, is a practice.  There’s an increasing focus on the ‘basics’ of cultural sensitivity, but less on the more in-depth approaches to an on-going practice of this skill set.  Although training sessions, webinars, and other intensive periods are good, like with any other endeavor where we are training ourselves to do things differently, we get better the more we practice a skill and internalize it.  Some approaches to cross-cultural interactions that can …

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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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Networking and Global Growth – Part #3

Written on March 14, 2016 at 8:41 am

This is the third in a series of posts on how new approaches to networking are affecting the ways in which organizations grow their global footprint and impact. This post focuses on how one organization, by staying flexible and using its networks, has found a new orientation to its overall strategies.

Restless Development was started in 1985. It was known for most of its existence by the name of Student Partnerships Worldwide, with a focus on young people from British schools volunteering to work full time in underserved schools, initially in Zimbabwe and India. Programs were subsequently started in Uganda …

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