Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …