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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 …

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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 …

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Trends to Watch for in 2019

Written on January 9, 2019 at 8:54 am

As we move into a new year, there have been a number of pieces discussing trends we should be aware of.  Here are some of the trends I find most interesting:

  • Multiple generations in the work force: In 2019, Generation Z – people born in or after 1997 or 2001 (there are varying parameters being used) – will overtake millennials as the most populous generation in the world, according to a data analysis by Bloomberg. Growing up with smartphones and social media, Gen Z as a whole is a tech-savvy cohort whose rapid rise, along with the increasingly digital nature
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Going Global Takes Time

Written on August 28, 2018 at 7:44 am

Going Global Takes Time – that was the theme of an American Society of Association Executives MasterClass on operating globally that I presented at last week.  80% of the group represented organizations operating internationally for more than five years, and 24% for more than 20 years, so there was a lot of experience in the room.  The group discussed some of their successes and challenges in increasing their international engagement.  The unifying theme was the need to look at long-term horizons and not rush the process.  Some of the specific topics discussed included:

Cultural sensitivity –  For organizations, there should …

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Continuing to Explore Impact Assessment

Written on November 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

Earlier this year I wrote about the state of impact assessment. Under the auspices of the Civil Society and Testing Change project, I recently helped convene and facilitate a discussion to further exchange learning on this topic, and brainstorm how we can make our ideas more actionable. Some of the ideas shared at this roundtable are below.

Some key variables to consider:

  • It is important to stipulate how you are defining impact, and whether your purpose is to validate your impact and/or to improve it. Find ways to keep your focus on impact, however a group defines it.
  • Building
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