Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

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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Networking and global impact

Written on February 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

How are our changing ways of networking changing the way NGOs develop and expand globally? When I was writing about organizations increasing their international engagement for the book Going Global for the Greater Good  in 2003 the concept of networking globally was still confined to a fairly small group of organizations, and connecting an individual’s networks to how it might benefit their organization’s was not as obvious or as nearly seamless as it has become.

Although traditional ways of building relationships, strong bonds and trust still remain important, our networking options to identify those with similar interests around the world …

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What Comes Down from the Mountain? (The World Economic Forum 2016)

Written on January 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

This week the World Economic Forum is meeting in the Swiss town of Davos. Many of us aren’t aware of this or if we are, don’t think anything will come out of it that is useful to our work. Historically this has been true but today’s “Davos” is a bit different. There is some good news and some less good news regarding the changes. First the context (the not so good news):

1) Only 18% of attendees are women
2) An Oxfam report shows that only 62 people own the same resources as half the world and Davos still is …

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