Archive for the 'Global Trends' Category

Asking the Tough Questions

Written on November 12, 2013 at 7:44 am

Through the wonderful technology of livestreaming and a number of conference organizers who planned livestreaming into their events, I was able to travel recently to conferences and workshops in Rome, Washington, DC and London while still carrying on work based elsewhere.  Here is some of what I have been listening in on and what I’ve been learning:

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s FailFaire –  October 29, 2013  –  Some takeaways:
    • Of course it’s not just about saying we’ll do something, the doing is always harder.  As organizations and managers can we ask ourselves: “How do we set up

International engagement: new trends and ‘time honored’ patterns

Written on August 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

In support of a few organizations that are increasing their international engagement, I have been surveying a number of organizations further along the international engagement spectrum  for their experiences.  I started to follow a number of these ‘further along the spectrum’ organizations over a decade ago, and it has been interesting to see some new trends, some accelerated trends, and also to see some patterns that have remained consistent.

New (er)

One area of operating globally that seems to be of increasing interest but not yet well explored is the need to connect offline and online communities so the two …


Global Health Trends – 2013 Update

Written on March 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

This is an update on the piece on Global Health Trends (Whither Global Health?)  I wrote a little over two years ago.  In addition to what I have been observing in the interim,  I also polled some colleagues who work in the Global Health field.  These are some of the additional trends we have been noticing:

1.      An acceleration of the integration of issues (now including for example the role of climate change in health; and a focus on health clinics/systems more than any one disease)

The awareness that challenges are linked and solutions must be integrated as well that …


We’re All in this Together

Written on January 23, 2013 at 7:47 am

Reading and thinking about Oxfam America’s new aid campaign and some of the reactions to it, made me think about the title of a song my kids used to listen to years ago “We’re All in this Together”.   As the greater community of “we” try to figure out what Smart Aid or Disruptive Development  or whatever we want to call it is, and how we transform from where we are to where we want to go, it’s a giant puzzle, with many moving and interconnected parts,  and we need to be listening to and talking to each other.  Is some …


Building Bridges

Written on January 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

We seem to be in a period where there is a lot of talk (and indeed a fair amount of action) around ‘the need for change’ and ‘doing things differently’.  Google the phrase ‘changemakers’ and pages appear.  Some people love the term innovation, others say it is becoming overused and perhaps less relevant.

I am particularly interested in initiatives around changing systems – collaborative efforts to think differently together and then put that thinking into practice – transformative not just incremental change.  What are some of the characteristics of these initiatives?

  1. Broad based:  Although what they are learning may be