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Translating Complexity into Manageable Action

Written on October 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

We live in an increasingly complex world, but to implement effective solutions, especially on any type of large scale, we need to have relatively simple approaches that a wide range of people can follow.  So much of what we do as practitioners is to translate complex ideas and solutions into simple (without being condescending or simplistic) approaches that others can follow.  I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the gap that all too often exists between those who have time to think about complexity and those that don’t but need to manage it.

Let’s say that as a busy practitioner …


Build it and they may come….

Written on February 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Although the movie Field of Dreams made the line “Build it and they will come..” famous, in reality we all know it’s a bit more complicated than that.  When we’re building a community, it’s more like build it and then work out ways for people to: 1) Know about it; 2) Join and then 3) Participate.  A number of good posts recently have addressed this topic including :  The Real Active Value of Community Management by Debra Askanase and Confusing Crowds with Communities by Ian Thorpe.

When Amy Sample Ward and I set about “building” a community of practice for …


Resources for NGOs Engaging Internationally

Written on September 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm

As a follow-up to my post earlier this month on the CIVICUS World Assembly this is a listing of some of the interesting resources that were shared at the Assembly.

Boiling Point: Can Citizen Action Save the World by Kumi Naidoo.  Kumi, a former anti-apartheid activist from South Africa and executive director of CIVICUS, scholar, current executive director of Greenpeace International (and a wonderful human being) calls upon his range of experiences in the international arena to analyze our current global challenges and recommend some ways forward.

CIVICUS’ Legitimacy, Accountability, Transparency (LTA) Resource Center Designed to improve communication and cross-learning …