Archive for the 'Scale-up' Category

Scaling for Impact by Scaling Deep

Written on April 28, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I’ve written about scale-up (scaling) many times before, as scale-up or under another ‘label’ for the scaling concept – international outreach. Working with a number of groups involved in various aspects of scaling, as well as writing about these experiences over the past few decades, I have seen our perspectives on scaling change.

As a few examples, from 1997 through 2012 I helped with the creation and nurturing of the worldwide osteopathic community and their holistic approach to health care through the development of the Osteopathic International Alliance. The success of this effort in many ways can be attributed to …

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Blog Action Day: The Power of WE

Written on October 15, 2012 at 8:15 am

 

The theme of this year’s Blog Action Day is “The Power of WE –  a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world…”  I’ve written a lot over the past few years about collaborative activities that I’ve been involved in.  So for my Blog Action Day blog I thought I would highlight some of these and what makes them so special:

Helping Babies Breathe:  A wide variety of stakeholders who put in countless hours around the world, working though communication, cultural and other challenges of global work, to help bring babies safely in to …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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