Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

2018 Year End Wrap-up

Written on December 12, 2018 at 8:17 am

Some of my favorite pieces this year

From my blog:

Strategic International Outreach, October 2018

Global Trends for Social Sector Organizations, February 2018

From elsewhere around the internet:

Executive Director Transitions, Thousand Currents, October 2018

Design Thinking, Harvard Business Review, September 2018

Language matters if we are serious about inclusion, BOND UK, July 2018

The Most Creative Teams Have a Specific Type of Cultural Diversity, Harvard Business Review, July 2018

Why Can’t NGOs be more business like, Small Change, June 2018

 

Happy Holidays!

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Strategic International Outreach

Written on October 23, 2018 at 8:27 am

If your organization is expanding its international reach, taking time for doing the due diligence to explore and understand new environments is crucial. First steps to take include clearly articulating with your board and senior leadership why you want to engage with a particular country or region and what you are trying to accomplish.  Once the answer to these questions are clear, developing a criteria for identifying or determining if a particular area of the world is aligned with your goals is an important next step.

There is a range of steps you can take to conduct your due diligence …

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Going Global Takes Time

Written on August 28, 2018 at 7:44 am

Going Global Takes Time – that was the theme of an American Society of Association Executives MasterClass on operating globally that I presented at last week.  80% of the group represented organizations operating internationally for more than five years, and 24% for more than 20 years, so there was a lot of experience in the room.  The group discussed some of their successes and challenges in increasing their international engagement.  The unifying theme was the need to look at long-term horizons and not rush the process.  Some of the specific topics discussed included:

Cultural sensitivity –  For organizations, there should …

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Two decades of learning

Written on July 24, 2018 at 7:46 am

We’re at an interesting juncture in the history of civil society / social sector organizations.  Many innovative organizations that started 20-25 years ago have now reached a certain maturity, with lessons learned to share.

This interview with Mari Kuraishi of GlobalGiving and Dennis Whittle of Feedback Labs, the co-founders of GlobalGiving, sharing some of the stories about its founding and their learning in the years since its creation, is one of these interesting reflections.  It’s well worth a listen!  Some of my take-aways:

  • The concept of “innovation” in the social sector was new 20 years ago when they were asked
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Multi-Generational Dialogue: Getting Practical

Written on May 30, 2018 at 8:31 am

This post has been co-authored by Bonnie Koenig and Alyssa Smaldino

Last year we wrote about the importance of multi-generational dialogue.  We noted a number of considerations to help make these exchanges effective including: two-way dialogue; ensuring that the approach is inclusive and intersectional; strong facilitation; and all participants make a genuine commitment to listen and understand.

Recently we facilitated a workshop for nonprofit leaders to delve further into the practicalities of engaging across generations, and integrating these approaches into organizational practices and cultures.

Some of what we discussed included:

  • The concept of a ‘generation’ has become fluid and often
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