Posts categorized under Lessons Learned

27 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

We made an app-less app

This is the story of a little app. An app some friends and I made a year or so ago, and then did nothing with. What a lonely little app! No one, apart from those of us who worked on it have probably ever seen it or downloaded it… and here’s why. It started with […]

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17 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Back to blogging

It’s been a while since I’ve really “blogged”. I’ve written “articles” or worked on “papers” – but increasingly over the years since I started this blog, I’ve gotten bogged down in the trap of making the “perfect” the enemy of the “good”. When I was living in Cambodia and working at PEPY we had a […]

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27 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Leading as being (not just doing)

I wrote a blog post about leading as “being” – reflecting on the Leading for Impact programme we are running here in Oxford and lessons I have learned through the Clore Social Leadership Programme…. check it out here on the Huffington Post.  

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09 January 2015 ~ 3 Comments

Ripples & Magnets: Celebrating a decade of PEPY People

PEPY, a hybrid organization I helped found in Cambodia is celebrated its 10-year anniversary last week, and in reflecting on this milestone, I was intrigued to explore the ripples and magnets that have fueled and been fueled by our work. Ripple effects imply cause and effect, and in some of these ripples we were the rock and […]

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11 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

“Should I go into international development?”

I get that question a lot. Often times, people go on a trip abroad, perhaps a volunteer travel trip or their first experience in an “emerging market”, and they come back wanting to “change the world” – as so many of us do….. and their first instinct is often to go into international development. I […]

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13 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Non-profit evaluation (and LEARNING!)

For this summer’s addition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, my friend Karina Kloos and I wrote a piece about nonprofit evaluation called “Lost in Translation“. This week I was at a wonderful residential with the wonderful Clore Social Leadership team, and I was reminded about the need for a middle ground of dialogue in […]

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07 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Why you shouldn’t start an orphanage (from a woman who did)

Three and a half years ago I wrote a piece on “Hero-worshipping in the social sector”, and I focused on the story of a twenty year old from Australia who had started an orphanage, inspiring others to want to do the same. At the time, the article created a lot of dialogue, and was heated […]

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