Archive for the 'Scale-up' Category

The Grand Challenge: Saving Lives through Collaboration

Written on July 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Although I generally don’t like Contests, they do exist, and sometimes participation is important.

Earlier this year a partnership of the Gates Foundation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, USAID and the World Bank launched a Grand Challenge “To accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level, [by harnessing] the collective imagination and ingenuity of experts across a broad range of disciplines and expertise.”

A project I have been working with for the past few years, Helping Babies Breathe is a finalist.   One of the aspects of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) that is …


Reflecting on being a ‘changemaker’

Written on July 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

At the end of June I had the good fortune to be among a team of facilitators from different countries helping with the Ashoka Changemakers Week in France.  I facilitated sessions on scaling up, attended the plenaries and a workshop on social impact, and had numerous conversations with people doing exciting work from around the world.  Here are some of my reflections:

  1. Oh those pesky labels:  I wrote on this prior to the conference  (Impact without Boundaries) and I continue to find differing  views on what makes a NGO leader, a social entrepreneur or otherwise being a ‘social changemaker’,  a

Moving a global program and alliance forward

Written on March 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

In June of 2010 I wrote about the launch of the Helping Babies Breathe Global Development Alliance and then provided some updated information here in November  and on the Global Scale-up wiki.  It has now been eight months since the original launch and another face-to-face partners meeting was held.  A few days prior to the meeting, an expanded alliance for Saving Lives at Birth was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, citing some of the major partners in the Helping Babies Breathe program.  This provided our discussions with additional energy and momentum.  Still challenges to implementation of course …


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 …


A Community of Practice to Discuss Global Scale Up

Written on November 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

In June I wrote about some of the scale-up work I was doing with the Helping Babies Breathe. In August I wrote about a collaboration with  Amy Sample Ward of NetSquared to launch a GlobalScale wiki and  to shepherd the creation of a community of practice on this topic area.

The Helping Babies Breathe program has now been ‘scaling up’ for four months since my last post.  Some of what we are learning includes:

(1)   Communication and coordination: There needs to be continued and effective mechanisms for communication and coordination.  In the case of HBB a coordinating group has been …