Archive for the 'Global Trends' Category

The long term nature of change

Written on February 5, 2019 at 9:36 am

I’ve been leading an initiative that’s now going into its sixth year and have thus been thinking about some of our learning around long term change.  Long term change for organizations and society does not come quickly and takes a lot of on-going commitment through the inevitable ups and downs.  Here are some of things we’ve been learning as we head into our sixth year:

  • Leadership commitment –  Organizations and networks that have been most successful with making significant changes, and most importantly increasing their impact  due to these changes, understand that it is, and plan for it to be,
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Trends to Watch for in 2019

Written on January 9, 2019 at 8:54 am

As we move into a new year, there have been a number of pieces discussing trends we should be aware of.  Here are some of the trends I find most interesting:

  • Multiple generations in the work force: In 2019, Generation Z – people born in or after 1997 or 2001 (there are varying parameters being used) – will overtake millennials as the most populous generation in the world, according to a data analysis by Bloomberg. Growing up with smartphones and social media, Gen Z as a whole is a tech-savvy cohort whose rapid rise, along with the increasingly digital nature
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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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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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Test It! Lessons we are Learning Part II

Written on April 24, 2018 at 9:10 am

 

Introduction

The Civil Society and Testing Change project (CS&TC) is an initiative to develop and test new ways for civil society organizations and their partners to operate.  The project’s model is for global, multi-stakeholder working groups to focus on areas where operational changes may have the most effect on impact, and to have a lead group test these ideas and theories over a multi-year period.  An introductory blog post can be found here. Our target group are NGOs and civil society organizations that are 10+ years old, interested in considering operational changes to remain effective and relevant, and with …

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