Archive for the 'Global Trends' Category

Networking and global impact

Written on February 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

How are our changing ways of networking changing the way NGOs develop and expand globally? When I was writing about organizations increasing their international engagement for the book Going Global for the Greater Good  in 2003 the concept of networking globally was still confined to a fairly small group of organizations, and connecting an individual’s networks to how it might benefit their organization’s was not as obvious or as nearly seamless as it has become.

Although traditional ways of building relationships, strong bonds and trust still remain important, our networking options to identify those with similar interests around the world …

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What Comes Down from the Mountain? (The World Economic Forum 2016)

Written on January 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

This week the World Economic Forum is meeting in the Swiss town of Davos. Many of us aren’t aware of this or if we are, don’t think anything will come out of it that is useful to our work. Historically this has been true but today’s “Davos” is a bit different. There is some good news and some less good news regarding the changes. First the context (the not so good news):

1) Only 18% of attendees are women

2) An Oxfam report shows that only 62 people own the same resources as half the world and Davos still is …

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Transitioning to a new year

Written on January 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm

The ends and beginnings of calendar years are always good times for some reflection on what’s just past and looking forward to the new year. Due to a heavy travel schedule, I missed blogging some end of the year reflections as I have done the past few years, so this year I am combining some year end reflections with a greater emphasis on the moving forward into a new year.

  • Global Goals – If our increasing global ties were ever in doubt, 2015 brought them clearly into focus. From the distressing series of terrorist bombings spanning the globe and affecting
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DATA: #datarevolution #BigData #DataShift – what’s it all about?

Written on November 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

As my work covers many different subject areas and communities, I spend a fair amount of time following trends in these different areas and how they impact my central focus of Engaging Internationally (not coincidentally the name of this blog). Recently I have been following the evolution of the impact assessment field and most specifically discussions around “Data”. Data Revolution, Open Data, Big Data, Data Shift, you may have heard or been following some of these discussions yourself.   The following is some of what I have been tracking. Although I have categorized these short summaries according to these different ‘phrases’ …

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2015 – A Year of Transition Gains Momentum

Written on July 16, 2015 at 7:10 am

As has been obvious to those who follow the international policy arena and/or have seen all of the #post2015 hashtags, 2015 was going to be a year of transition in the global arena. A few major milestones were on the horizon including:

  • The Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa this week (how are we going to pay for new global goals?)
  • Another summit in New York in September this year  which will formally approve the 17 Sustainable Development global goals (SDGs) that will replace the past decade’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) .
  • And towards the end of the year
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