Archive for the 'Partnerships' Category

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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Networking and Global Impact – Part #2

Written on February 24, 2016 at 8:30 am

This is the second part of a series on how our changing approaches to networking are affecting how organizations grow globally. The first part of the series, providing the background context, can be found here.  This post focuses on two examples: Ushahidi and Dance for PD®.

Ushahidi

Ushahidi”, which means “testimony” in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the name “Ushahidi” has come to represent the people behind the “Ushahidi Platform”.  Ushahidi was founded by five Kenyan bloggers who knew …

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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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A Multi-Year Program Review

Written on August 19, 2015 at 7:55 am

Although the key to significant change is often in the lessons of long-term implementation, we don’t see these multi-year studies as often as would be useful. Recently the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program released a five year report. As readers of this blog may know, I was fortunate to be part of this program’s evolution and wrote about its early days – partnership launch  and an early eight month review. It is encouraging to see the partnership continue in this direction – continued analysis and sharing of the lessons learned.

Some of the lessons shared in the five year review …

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