Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

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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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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