Archive for the 'Global Trends' Category

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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A new round of UN Summits

Written on November 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

Every now and then I get ‘historically reflective’.  A few years ago I did a post on “Back to the Future” (which also has some great discussion in the comments section).   Twenty years after a round of UN Forums, this new round of UN Forums we have ‘quietly’ moved into (seeming to parallel and in some cases, directly tied – i.e. Habitat III to those in the 1990s) is again causing me to reflect historically.

The Summits of the 1990’s

The 1990’s saw an unusual round of UN Summit activity with corresponding NGO Forums. They included:

  • UN Conference on Environment
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Tools and methods for co-creation in workshops

Written on October 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

This post is cross-posted from DIYToolkit where it appeared as a guest post.

Earlier this year I worked with Ci2iGlobal, a global group of social entrepreneurs and NGO practitioners, to organise a Learn and Share Lab focusing on lessons learned around co-creation. The event itself modelled a co-creative approach, and featured 14 case studies of co-creative initiatives that were discussed both in facilitated and open space. As a global group spanning numerous time zones and languages, and looking to maximize input from attendees, having a focus on accessible and practical tools was an important element for us.

A variety of

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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 …

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