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Learning from Wherever it May Come

Written on November 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

In September (Making the Most of Online Events) and November 2013 (Asking the Tough Questions) I participated in a number of conferences and workshops through livestreaming and other online opportunities. Although nothing replaces real life interactions, the online option can allow one to be in more than one place at a time. Last week was again one of those times where I participated in a couple of different events while still in my home office. Here is some of what I learned:

  • The Global Education Conference now in its fifth year,  is held completely online through the Blackboard platform. The

Making the Most of Online Events

Written on September 24, 2013 at 7:56 am

The past few years have found numerous new opportunities to follow and sometimes engage with conferences and more informal conversations around the world online.  In any given week  – from annual conferences (this week) like the Clinton Global Initiative and Social Good Summit to more regular chats with high profile individuals such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan or colleagues with common interests such as the use of  images around poverty Regarding Humanity  – the menu of options can be dazzling.

As this development evolves, it comes with both opportunities and challenges.

How this is evolving

As in ‘offline’ …


Are We Readying Ourselves for Significant Change?

Written on October 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

It strikes me that we are going through some of the significant change in civil society since I entered the profession 30 years ago .  In the past few years we are beginning to see a conversation emerge that has outlined some of these evolving trends.  They include:

  • New international configurations and players (BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India, China) and beyond – Indonesia, South Africa, Vietnam, Mexico, Turkey and Argentina).
  • Increased focus on accountability and outcomes
  • Virtual connectedness
  • Changing demographics – the baby boomers who took NGOs and their support organizations to a new level are now feeling the influence

As Time Goes By

Written on April 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

I’ve been  thinking  a lot recently about the passage of time.  What does it mean and how do we mark it?

I like to celebrate & commemorate anniversary dates of different events – some of us  do and some prefer not to – that preference can be personal, organizational or cultural.  Many of us who try to fit too much into 24 hours would like to slow time down.  Other times, perhaps when we are awaiting someone, or waiting for something important to happen, we wish that it would speed up.

Here are a few things that have been influencing …


Videoconferencing Options for Multinational Working Groups

Written on March 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

Perhaps like many of you, I work with a number of multinational Boards and other working groups.  Historically they have either met in person, or via conference call.  Recently I did some research on the state of videoconferencing, hoping to find some platforms that could bridge the divide between meeting in person, and meeting by phone.  I am looking for virtual platforms that are more reliable than skype. The groups I work with usually work hard to find times they can all talk and do not have time to waste with multiple technical glitches. The options also need to be …