Archive for the 'Partnerships' Category

Rebuilding civil society

Written on December 2, 2020 at 8:20 am

Recently I had the opportunity to co-create, host and facilitate the annual workshop of Accountable Now.   We used many of the approaches that we have developed through the Testing Change project as the farming for the workshop.  The approaches we used included:

  • Paradigm not just incremental change.
  • Circular (not linear) planning – plan, test, learn and adapt, repeat.
  • Change needs personal and organizational accountability and structure.

The broad theme of the workshop was rebuilding as we go through this disruptive pandemic period, and specifically to focus on inclusion; equity and power shifting; and resilience.

The slides we created for the …

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The Next Phase

Written on April 29, 2020 at 8:48 am

We’ve survived the first weeks… Phase 1, the high intensity, quick decision-making time is ending.  Phase 2 is harder, it’s the endurance phase. It’s like moving from acute to chronic, when we don’t know when things will end. Each phase needs different interventions….Phase 3 is on its way. This is when we look back, see the deeper meaning in what we have all gone through and feel far more connected with our own, and everyone’s, humanity. (Carol Kauffman, Institute of Coaching)

Most of us and our organizations are now in Phase 2 and thinking forward to Phase 3.  What can …

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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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Global Engagement Takes Time – Part II

Written on September 25, 2019 at 10:32 am

One of the fun parts of being more ‘senior’ in one’s career is having the opportunity to share ‘lessons learned’ over the years.  I had the opportunity to participate in one such session in August – blog post here – and another earlier this month.  Here are a few of the lessons shared from this latest session:

  • The ‘why’ is always the most important – why are you undertaking this effort?  Form (tactics – what will you do and how will you do it?) should follow function (what is it you’re trying to accomplish?).  I’ve often called it the Journalism
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Strategic International Outreach

Written on October 23, 2018 at 8:27 am

If your organization is expanding its international reach, taking time for doing the due diligence to explore and understand new environments is crucial. First steps to take include clearly articulating with your board and senior leadership why you want to engage with a particular country or region and what you are trying to accomplish.  Once the answer to these questions are clear, developing a criteria for identifying or determining if a particular area of the world is aligned with your goals is an important next step.

There is a range of steps you can take to conduct your due diligence …

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