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The State of Impact Assessment

Written on May 16, 2017 at 8:46 am

 

Why Impact?

As I wrote in the introduction to my book “International Engagement for Impact in a Changing World”:

“We’ve become complacent about outcomes as things we can measure – how many of this or that? We need to push ourselves forward to look at impact as how are lives being changed in positive ways through our efforts?  We need to struggle individually and within our organizations and networks with the concept of impact and what it means to us.  Why do we do what we do?  It’s in the grappling with concepts that we begin to understand their

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Five ways to engage internationally in 2017

Written on January 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

  • Widen your horizons – The divisions between national and global have blurred. One result of this is that it is even easier to find information that can be helpful in your work from around the globe.  Looking for some new ideas?  Someone dealing with challenges similar to your own? Widen your horizons. Here are two examples of sites with a lot of interesting organizations and stories View Change and Idealist
  • Have multi-generational conversations – Some cultures silo generations more than others. Make it a practice to learn from cultures that respect the perspectives of both elders and youth.  Here are
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Exploring Social Innovation

Written on September 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

Over the past decade the concept of innovation and social innovation have increased dramatically in usage and popularity. Google ‘innovation’ and over 500 million results come up; social innovation and one gets over 20 million results. I am often a bit skeptical of currently popular approaches or solutions to complex and long-term challenges. In our ‘quick-fix’ society where attention spans are short, focusing on innovation can indirectly lead to masking the long-term effort that is needed to bring about significant change (see What’s the Recipe? ).

Fortunately one of the leading publications that helped publicize social innovation, the Stanford Social …

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From Youth Engagement to Youth Integration

Written on August 9, 2016 at 7:56 am

 

In a previous blog post I wrote about the beginnings of the Civil Society and Testing Change (CS&TC) project.  This post shares our experiences last month with our first themed roundtable in New York City exploring the concept of better engaging youth in decision-making, or pushing the paradigm from engagement to integration.

The workshop brought together representatives of existing and newer youth founded and led organizations and those from the philanthropic community working in this area.  We looked at some of what has already been learned and what are some of the ideas we need to keep in mind …

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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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