Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

2015 – A Year of Transition Gains Momentum

Written on July 16, 2015 at 7:10 am

As has been obvious to those who follow the international policy arena and/or have seen all of the #post2015 hashtags, 2015 was going to be a year of transition in the global arena. A few major milestones were on the horizon including:

  • The Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa this week (how are we going to pay for new global goals?)
  • Another summit in New York in September this year  which will formally approve the 17 Sustainable Development global goals (SDGs) that will replace the past decade’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) .
  • And towards the end of the year
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Six tips for Communicating in a Global World

Written on June 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

During some recent meetings and exchanges I noticed that periodically we can all use some reminders about how to stay inclusive and accessible when dealing with a global audience.

Practicing a ‘global mindset’ (it is a practice) can help us to remember the small things that make a difference in a global environment, so that they can become routine to us. There is a spectrum of how people engage globally – starting with those that don’t think about these items at all (although they are not intending to make people uncomfortable); those who notice or think about them sometimes; and …

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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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