Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

Exploring the Social Lab Framework

Written on April 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

About a year ago I discovered the work of Zaid Hassan around Social Labs through social media and a new book he wrote The Social Labs Revolution about designing and implementing the Social Lab concept. I was especially interested in how this work would apply to a new project I am managing that seemed to lend itself to a Social Lab framework. The working definition of a Social Lab used by Hassan is: Bringing together a diverse, committed team and taking an experimental, prototyping-based approach to addressing challenges systemically, that is, at root cause level. Keep going as long as …

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Celebrating an Anniversary

Written on February 18, 2015 at 7:59 am

Time flies and already I have finished five years of blogging. To celebrate I spent some time reviewing those 85+ posts, adding other ideas that came to mind from that review and my work since I wrote my last book in 2003, and created an e-book entitled International Engagement for Impact in a Changing World.

It is available here as a free download.

 

I hope those of you who have been with me on my blogging journey over the past years, as well as new readers, will find it useful in your work. Happy reading!…

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Transitioning to a New Year

Written on January 5, 2015 at 7:51 am

2014 provided some significant global events and momentum for positive change that we can build on in the new year.  Some of these include:

• Sustaining emergent movements: 2014 included protest movements in Hong Kong , the U.S.  and in Peru around climate change negotiations. A new year will challenge us all to sustain the momentum towards justice, nurturing and extending our communities.

• #post-2015: After much build up, 2015 marks the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

• Certain concepts are universal and timeless:  One of the inspirational people who passed away in …

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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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