The Social Impact Media Awards 2013 is an international documentary and video competition for independent filmmakers and those engaged in aid to champion the stories of grassroots change-makers that too often remain overlooked.
To be a thought leader, you must do great work; communicate clearly, concisely and powerfully; and build a solid network of people ready and willing to hear what you have to say.
As we wait for Hurricane Sandy, not knowing exactly what’s coming, vulnerability has been on my mind—namely my own. What does this mean in our aid, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship worlds?
A colleague told me recently, “Working for an NGO, it’s like family. I can bad-mouth my mother, but you can’t.” A discussion of Tori Hogan’s new book, Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey Into the Realities of International Aid.
…And that’s why it’s vital to have a trusted network of peers who can say to you frankly, “Hey, shut it. There may be another viewpoint you are not seeing.”
Help shape the “How Matters Hub” concept, a way for people to include and initiate dialogue on important, though often overlooked, issues in international aid.
Navigating the development sector’s inherent complexities is exactly the kind of work that does not lend itself to this dualistic thinking—A review of Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers: The Challenges and Futures of Aidland, edited by Anne-Meike Fechter and Heather Hindman.
“Having learned from previous failures, we’d developed tools to alleviate these problems, but they didn’t work this time.” A guest post by Mary Fifield, founder and former executive director of Amazon Partnerships Foundation.
In games, people are more engaged. They “gain” the experience of having played and can relate what they learned to their own lives, regardless of what happens next in a project or program.
How can development workers harness “in-built” community strengths in the midst of poverty and adversity?
Are Drew, a U.S.-based international relief and development consultant, and Nasira, a Pakistan-based development worker and community-based organization founder, speaking different aid dialects? (Excerpt from a LinkedIn discussion)
Give every aid worker (local and international, cleaner to country director) a social change investment fund of US$1,000, over which they have total personal discretion.
An estimated 25,000 participants from more than 185 countries will assemble in Washington D.C. next week for the XIX International AIDS Conference. How many of them have cared for a dying neighbor or comforted a grieving child?
The general (and often pejorative) assumption in the development sector that the capacity of “local partners” should be measured by the degree of formal structure is something that must be re-examined.