Archive for the 'Resources' Category

The Guiding and Nurturing of Governance

Written on July 24, 2012 at 6:34 am

A task force that the Berlin Civil Society Center has working on ‘new models’ for international NGOs has me thinking about governance reviews.  Having been involved with quite a number of governance reviews over the years, from national to international organizations, in small to large ones, I know that these reviews have a lot of ‘moving parts’, with larger organizations having even more moving parts and stakeholders to include.

What are some of the steps I have found most helpful to ensure that these efforts aren’t just ‘another exercise’ that does not use people’s limited time well?  Consider some of …


Videoconferencing Options for Multinational Working Groups

Written on March 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

Perhaps like many of you, I work with a number of multinational Boards and other working groups.  Historically they have either met in person, or via conference call.  Recently I did some research on the state of videoconferencing, hoping to find some platforms that could bridge the divide between meeting in person, and meeting by phone.  I am looking for virtual platforms that are more reliable than skype. The groups I work with usually work hard to find times they can all talk and do not have time to waste with multiple technical glitches. The options also need to be …


A new home

Written on February 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

If you frequent this blog you may notice a new look – I’ve now integrated it with my newly redesigned website.  I would like it to be easier for those involved in international engagement anywhere along the spectrum  to find resources that will help them with their work.  I’d like to invite you to take a few minutes to visit the new site and especially the resource center.  I will update it on a regular basis so I hope you might bookmark it and visit it periodically.  And please if you find a new resource that you feel would be …


Navigating Global Change

Written on January 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

What skills, methods and tools will we need to navigate the choppy waters we are in and bring about transformative social change?

I have just spent 3 days in discussion with 22 people from 7 countries in a “we_b” laboratory held in Brussels under the umbrella of a new collaborative group we are calling Collective Impact x Innovation Institute (Ci2i).  Some of the concepts that we explored in this initial “we_x” lab included:

1.  Thrivability – Using a whole systems approach, we evolve our way of being together, of collaborating, so that our collective wisdom and action bring forth a …


A Year of Inspirational Reading

Written on December 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

The blog I wrote quickly in October of 2010 “What Makes Someone Inspirational?” has turned out to be my most ‘searched for’ and read blog post.  I am also an avid reader and greatly benefit from the suggestions of others, so my end-of-the-year blog this year is sharing some of my and my colleagues favorite inspirational reads that we have read this past year.


  • Mine: “Boiling Point: Can citizen action save the world?” By Kumi Naidoo   Kumi with extensive experience in civil society and citizen action on the national and global levels, reflects on his experiences with a ‘call