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Tips for Successful Online Meetings

Written on March 17, 2020 at 8:39 am

As more meetings move online, it is a good time to share tips and resources on facilitating online meetings with each other.  Although you may find that the current coronavirus environment and the cancellations of in-person meetings is ‘forcing’ a shift to more online activity, look at it as an opportunity to do more virtually and expand your and your organization’s skills and capacities.  Once you and your group(s) are comfortable with this forum you may find that it will save you valuable travel time (and minimize your carbon footprint) going forward.  Although there is no substitute for in-person meetings, …


Global Engagement Takes Time – Part II

Written on September 25, 2019 at 10:32 am

One of the fun parts of being more ‘senior’ in one’s career is having the opportunity to share ‘lessons learned’ over the years.  I had the opportunity to participate in one such session in August – blog post here – and another earlier this month.  Here are a few of the lessons shared from this latest session:

  • The ‘why’ is always the most important – why are you undertaking this effort?  Form (tactics – what will you do and how will you do it?) should follow function (what is it you’re trying to accomplish?).  I’ve often called it the Journalism

Global Engagement Takes Time

Written on August 15, 2019 at 8:46 am

Having worked with numerous organizations on not only developing their goals and designing their plans, but actually implementing them over time,  I’ve come to appreciate the value of learning the lessons about the long term nature of change.  In a society that increasingly focuses on quick solutions it can be hard to find long-term case studies or forums to share the ups and downs of working on long term initiatives.  As part of an effort to place attention on some of these important lessons, I organized a workshop with colleagues to discuss our shared experiences around global engagement.  (The focus …


The road(s) to paradigm change

Written on May 14, 2019 at 8:28 am

The Testing Change project I founded and am managing had an in person gathering earlier this month.  It was a great opportunity to really grapple with the concept of what we mean by ‘paradigm change’ and how we can help bring it about.

The disruption of the times we live in are calling for many organizations to think about doing things in very different ways and in some cases ‘going outside their lanes’.  If your organization is navigating some significant change some of these ideas may be useful to you.  Real paradigm change is hard as it calls into question …


International Civil Society Week 2019

Written on April 24, 2019 at 9:32 am

Earlier this month I participated in International Civil Society Week in Belgrade.  Since 2012, when I last wrote about a CIVICUS sponsored global gathering, we are seeing more agreement on the importance of areas such as accountability, diversity and inclusion and collaboration.  Our discussions, although still probing and searching, are more tactical – how do we effectively move forward to address challenges we agree are complex and urgent?  A few additional themes that were addressed: 1) Motivated by the threats to civic space around the world (including in the Europe and the US) there is a new focus on the …