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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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Learning through Disruptive Times

Written on June 15, 2020 at 11:25 am

Time for learning
Loyce Pace, CEO
Global Health Council

We are living through a worldwide health crisis, an economic crisis, a racial crisis and a crisis of democracy.  Anyone of them would test us, facing them all at once, for an indefinite time into the future, is going to take enormous amounts of our energy.  We need to pace ourselves, find our allies and partners and ‘learn into’ the crisis.  To help in the search for ‘actionable learning’ I wanted to share some of what we’ve been learning through the Testing Change project.

We started the Testing Change project six …

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Trends to Watch for in 2019

Written on January 9, 2019 at 8:54 am

As we move into a new year, there have been a number of pieces discussing trends we should be aware of.  Here are some of the trends I find most interesting:

  • Multiple generations in the work force: In 2019, Generation Z – people born in or after 1997 or 2001 (there are varying parameters being used) – will overtake millennials as the most populous generation in the world, according to a data analysis by Bloomberg. Growing up with smartphones and social media, Gen Z as a whole is a tech-savvy cohort whose rapid rise, along with the increasingly digital nature
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Multi-Generational Dialogue: Getting Practical

Written on May 30, 2018 at 8:31 am

This post has been co-authored by Bonnie Koenig and Alyssa Smaldino

Last year we wrote about the importance of multi-generational dialogue.  We noted a number of considerations to help make these exchanges effective including: two-way dialogue; ensuring that the approach is inclusive and intersectional; strong facilitation; and all participants make a genuine commitment to listen and understand.

Recently we facilitated a workshop for nonprofit leaders to delve further into the practicalities of engaging across generations, and integrating these approaches into organizational practices and cultures.

Some of what we discussed included:

  • The concept of a ‘generation’ has become fluid and often
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Test It! Lessons we are Learning Part II

Written on April 24, 2018 at 9:10 am

 

Introduction

The Civil Society and Testing Change project (CS&TC) is an initiative to develop and test new ways for civil society organizations and their partners to operate.  The project’s model is for global, multi-stakeholder working groups to focus on areas where operational changes may have the most effect on impact, and to have a lead group test these ideas and theories over a multi-year period.  An introductory blog post can be found here. Our target group are NGOs and civil society organizations that are 10+ years old, interested in considering operational changes to remain effective and relevant, and with …

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