Archive for the 'Partnerships' Category

Building an International Framework – What does it take?

Written on October 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

Last week I facilitated a roundtable discussing observations and ‘lessons learned’ from the creation and growth of an international organization I helped steer.  I wrote about the creation of the OIA  in 2004. The organization is now almost a decade old and with the rotation off of the Board of most of the founding members, it was a good time to reflect back on some of what had been learned. We started off with some brief prepared comments from two founding Board members who were about to leave the Board, and with their responses to some questions I asked them …


CIVICUS Assembly 2012

Written on September 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

I have again returned to the CIVICUS World Assembly this year after having last attended in 2010.  Here is my blog post from that session.  Many of the themes this year are similar, with what seems like a greater sense of urgency that we need to do things differently.  Some of the major themes that have been discussed:

  • The global challenges we face call for dramatic change in the way civil society operates. We can’t just keep working in the same way we have in the past, feeling good about just getting incrementally better.  Kumi Naidoo, former executive director of

Effective International Expansion and Scale-Up

Written on May 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

I have been working for many years on issues  surrounding international growth and outreach, and Scaling or Scale up.  I have periodically posted different aspects of this work, but I have not written about the scaling concept itself.  This is a first short piece.

“Scale-Up” or Scaling are terms for a concept most commonly used in the business world to refer to growing the business so that it can sell more products and services, often in diverse or geographically spread markets. In the ‘social sector’ scale-up has come to refer to replicating or sharing good ideas or processes that can …


Pooling Our Experiences

Written on May 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

“Over 100 years of experience in facilitating social change in a global context”.  That’s how many years we got when we quickly estimated our combined work.  How to assess what matters and what works, how to collaborate, how to work internationally, all areas in which we have explored, experimented and in many cases have had some ‘successes’ individually or with different partners.  We came together about a year ago to explore and experiment with new ideas that might help to equip today’s changemakers to tackle the challenging new questions that face us.  Perhaps just one small piece of the puzzle, …


Turning Challenges to Opportunities

Written on April 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

With the closing of the Global Health Council (GHC) reactions have included shock/surprise and sadness.  As it evolved over its almost 40 years, it became an important convener for the global health community. The GHC announcement includes the following text: “Funding that once existed to promote a broad-based health agenda is now focused on specific health issues. The fundamental shifts in the health landscape have led the Board to revisit the relevance of the organization and determine that the Council’s current operating model is no longer sustainable.”  The reasons given most likely only hint at the full picture.  There has …