Archive for the 'Language' Category

Themes and Tips from a Peer Convening

Written on November 21, 2019 at 7:42 am

Upswell is a convening organized by the national organization Independent Sector to bring together those working towards change in the social sector in the US. The following are a few themes and tips I took from participating in this convening recently:

For our organizations:

  • To get different results we need to do things differently.  One practical way of doing that is to get out of our own bubbles and traditional networks for hiring new members to our teams and seeking new partners.
  • We can get very distracted by innovation.  Holding up and strengthening good efforts that are already happening can
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An Anniversary Blog

Written on May 3, 2017 at 8:28 am

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for seven years now.  When I was first encouraged by colleagues and started to blog I didn’t think I would have enough to say (that I would feel was really worth saying) on a regular basis.  I made a decision not to feel like I had to do a post on any kind of regular schedule, but over the years, just from my work and observing the larger “change” arena, ideas that feel like they are worth sharing have seemed to come at least quarterly.

What have I learned or observed?

  1. Frequency
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The Practice of Cultural Sensitivity

Written on April 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

 

I have had a number of interactions recently that have me thinking about how the appreciation of and sensitivity to other cultures, the basis for effective partnerships, is a practice.  There’s an increasing focus on the ‘basics’ of cultural sensitivity, but less on the more in-depth approaches to an on-going practice of this skill set.  Although training sessions, webinars, and other intensive periods are good, like with any other endeavor where we are training ourselves to do things differently, we get better the more we practice a skill and internalize it.  Some approaches to cross-cultural interactions that can …

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Six tips for Communicating in a Global World

Written on June 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

During some recent meetings and exchanges I noticed that periodically we can all use some reminders about how to stay inclusive and accessible when dealing with a global audience.

Practicing a ‘global mindset’ (it is a practice) can help us to remember the small things that make a difference in a global environment, so that they can become routine to us. There is a spectrum of how people engage globally – starting with those that don’t think about these items at all (although they are not intending to make people uncomfortable); those who notice or think about them sometimes; and …

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Observations on a design oriented workshop

Written on May 21, 2015 at 8:35 am

This week I helped facilitate the work of a diverse group exploring what resources could be created for people with disabilities, whatever their disability might be and wherever they might reside. The group of ten very creative people had participants from four countries and a wide variety of professions, experiences and perspectives. We outlined an innovative and versatile resource app called “U Access” – your Global Concierge (unfortunately not yet an actual app, still just an idea) which would pull from existing data bases and information from users to provide answers in ‘real time’ and be available to a wide …

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