Posts categorized under Lessons Learned

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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17 July 2014 ~ 1 Comment

How to Make Hard Choices (and why a universal NGO ranking system is impossible)

I’m sure most of you have viewed your fair share of TED talks. This one is about “How to Make Hard Choices” – and it is certainly worth a view as we all make “hard choices” every day and this perspective might make those choices feel a lot more empowering. While watching it, I realized […]

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15 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Lost in Translation

I was lucky to be able to write a piece for this Summer 2014 SSIR journal with a former co-worker at PEPY/PEPY Tours, Karina Kloos.  Karina and I had worked together in 2009 to make Voluntourism101, and have collaborated since on projects and brainstorms around how to further the “social” in the social sector. Karina […]

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