Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

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 …


Scaling for Impact by Scaling Deep

Written on April 28, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I’ve written about scale-up (scaling) many times before, as scale-up or under another ‘label’ for the scaling concept – international outreach. Working with a number of groups involved in various aspects of scaling, as well as writing about these experiences over the past few decades, I have seen our perspectives on scaling change.

As a few examples, from 1997 through 2012 I helped with the creation and nurturing of the worldwide osteopathic community and their holistic approach to health care through the development of the Osteopathic International Alliance. The success of this effort in many ways can be attributed to …


Powers of Observation

Written on April 9, 2014 at 2:27 am

When my kids were young and we travelled we used to play this game “How do you know you’re not at home?  What’s different about our surroundings here?”  Over time they got good at going from observing the obvious: different dress, different language being spoken, different seasons, etc… to the more sophisticated – what range of different languages were being spoken, what types of groupings of people might be more/less common, etc… As I travel I find myself playing a similar observation ‘game’.

There is increasingly more written about the importance of listening and some good tools are available, but …


Learn Share Lab on Co-Creation

Written on February 20, 2014 at 12:23 am

A small but diverse group from 12 countries and many fields of practice came together recently to explore the concept of co-creation at the Learn Share Lab.  The event modeled a co-creative approach itself, featuring 14 case studies of co-creative initiatives, discussed both in facilitated and open space sessions, which were guided by a number of the workshop’s participants.

In two days of animated large and small group discussions, some themes about co-creation that surfaced included:

Co-creation can be a challenge to define but some core concepts (patterns in organization and methodology) may be identifiable.  Some discussed by the workshop’s …


Navigating towards cultural change

Written on January 24, 2014 at 3:19 am

A Twitter conversation around the effectiveness of advocacy campaigns and my recent travels to several countries where garbage disposal is a major problem have me thinking about this question of how we bring about significant cultural change.   In the U.S. it took decades to change the culture around garbage disposal and personal littering habits with numerous strategies including the use of effective public service announcements.

The cartoon character “Meena” is another example of how it can take a long time and many varied strategies to change long-standing mindsets.  Meena was a project originally initiated by UNICEF that helped provided a …