Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

Reflections at Year’s End

Written on December 16, 2014 at 7:47 am

 

It was a particularly interesting year as I took some ‘sabbatical time’ to travel, read, write and reflect.

Traveling is always illuminating, pushing us outside of our comfort zones and providing many lessons and times to practice the important skill of observation. For the first time in many years, I also took some time for myself, which as many of us with a personal mission (and ‘urgency’) to help change the world seldom do. If it is something you can carve out for yourself even in small (but ‘electronically disconnected’) chunks, I highly recommend it.

I read and wrote …

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Learning from Wherever it May Come

Written on November 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

In September (Making the Most of Online Events) and November 2013 (Asking the Tough Questions) I participated in a number of conferences and workshops through livestreaming and other online opportunities. Although nothing replaces real life interactions, the online option can allow one to be in more than one place at a time. Last week was again one of those times where I participated in a couple of different events while still in my home office. Here is some of what I learned:

  • The Global Education Conference now in its fifth year,  is held completely online through the Blackboard platform. The
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A new round of UN Summits

Written on November 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

Every now and then I get ‘historically reflective’.  A few years ago I did a post on “Back to the Future” (which also has some great discussion in the comments section).   Twenty years after a round of UN Forums, this new round of UN Forums we have ‘quietly’ moved into (seeming to parallel and in some cases, directly tied – i.e. Habitat III to those in the 1990s) is again causing me to reflect historically.

The Summits of the 1990’s

The 1990’s saw an unusual round of UN Summit activity with corresponding NGO Forums. They included:

  • UN Conference on Environment
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The Personal Touch to Global Health

Written on June 11, 2014 at 3:56 am

I spent the past week exploring traditional (Eastern) vis a vis Western approaches to healthcare. I most often focus on organizations, but it’s good to focus on, and be reminded of, on a regular basis of the importance of the individual (beneficiary). Tying the individual to the whole, and the local to the global is something we don’t do as often as perhaps we should. Reflecting on the impact of traditional and Western approaches of medicine on the individual, provided some lessons that I believe are applicable in many different areas:
1) Good ideas can come from anywhere – Although …

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Scaling for Impact by Scaling Deep

Written on April 28, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I’ve written about scale-up (scaling) many times before, as scale-up or under another ‘label’ for the scaling concept – international outreach. Working with a number of groups involved in various aspects of scaling, as well as writing about these experiences over the past few decades, I have seen our perspectives on scaling change.

As a few examples, from 1997 through 2012 I helped with the creation and nurturing of the worldwide osteopathic community and their holistic approach to health care through the development of the Osteopathic International Alliance. The success of this effort in many ways can be attributed to …

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