Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

Test It! Lessons we are Learning

Written on February 28, 2017 at 9:09 am

I continue to work on a global project that focuses on the significant change that is impacting the civil society / NGO sector and developing and testing some new initiatives to address these changes which I first introduced on my blog last year. This work of the project is being done by diverse and global working groups, working primarily virtually.  As we all move towards more virtual work to conserve our resources, deal with increasing travel restrictions and reduce our carbon footprint, these process lessons may be of interest to other similar efforts.

As our Steering Group worked to design …

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Five ways to engage internationally in 2017

Written on January 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

  • Widen your horizons – The divisions between national and global have blurred. One result of this is that it is even easier to find information that can be helpful in your work from around the globe.  Looking for some new ideas?  Someone dealing with challenges similar to your own? Widen your horizons. Here are two examples of sites with a lot of interesting organizations and stories View Change and Idealist
  • Have multi-generational conversations – Some cultures silo generations more than others. Make it a practice to learn from cultures that respect the perspectives of both elders and youth.  Here are
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As 2016 becomes 2017…

Written on December 20, 2016 at 7:30 am

In the end of the year summary tradition, I have revisited some of my most popular posts and some of those I have shared from other sites.

In case you missed them, some of my most popular posts of the past year included:

  • Test It!
  • The Practice of Cultural Sensitivity

Some highlights I shared this year from other authors included:

  • Approaching Cultural Differences
  • Advice to improve your unfacilitated meetings
  • Four lessons on NGOs and Social Movements finding common ground
  • Traveling while African and appeasing the travel gods
  • 10 learnings from 10 years of brainpickings

Then paving the way to 2017 …

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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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