Posner Center Symposium: Big & Bad Ideas in Collaboration

Thu, February 27 2020, 8:00 AM - Fri, February 28 2020, 7:30 PM [MST]

1031, 33rd Street, Denver, CO, 80205, United States

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Thu, February 27 2020, 8:00 AM - Fri, February 28 2020, 7:30 PM [MST]

About the Event

The Posner Center Symposium is a gathering of leaders and agitators who are thinking differently about how we make significantly bigger impacts in global development work through collaboration. We will convent the Posner Center Community, other organizational leaders and experts, our local and global stakeholders, and our partners and supporters, to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned to transform global development work and contribute to the evidence base on best practices in collaborative global development. The Symposium is central to our continuing efforts to establish Denver and our Posner Center Community as a transformative leader for global development work done differently.

 

This will not be your typical symposium. We will present new case studies, raw lessons learned (successes and failures), and bold ideas and their results. Certain to be engaging and memorable, we will take risks with provocative content and innovative protocols. There will be ample opportunity for genuine networking and mixing with other Symposium participants in our intimate Posner Center environment.

 

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About the Organizer

The Posner Center convenes, connects and catalyzes the global development community to collaborate for greater impact. We have done this by bringing together organizations and building an engaged, thriving, community – a community where people meet and learn about one another, exchange ideas, access shared resources and support, and ultimately combine their expertise to generate more lasting solutions to global poverty. The Posner Center leads high-quality programs that strengthen our community to amplify their impact around the globe. Programming and grant-making emphasize the creation of community, strategic connections, learning and sharing across the community, and adoption of evidence-based best practice. We give our community new ways to engage with one another and international development organizations worldwide, and support their efforts to communicate, advocate, and promote their work, and stand shoulder to shoulder in a never-ending demand to do global development better.

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Event Speakers

Jung Park
Adjunct Professor, Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship | Strategist & Speaker

Jung has over 20 years of strategic consulting and over 15 years of start-up entrepreneurial experience. Jung provides a full suite of consulting services, key notes, seminars, and workshops in entrepreneurial mindset, strategy, culture, value, equity, leadership, branding, professional/personal development, and Asian-American empowerment. As a professor in practice at the University of Colorado Denver, Jung teaches for the Professional MBA, 1-Year MBA, and Executive MBA program.

Kurt Wilson, Ph.D.
Affiliate Faculty, Regis University Development Practice | President, Effect X

Kurt Wilson, Ph.D. provides evaluation consulting through Effect X. His experience includes a range from local community initiatives to UNICEF and the World Bank. He has a Diploma in International Development from the University of London, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University. He is an Affiliate Faculty Member at Regis University, team-teaching with Andrea Nelson Trice in the Praxis and Masters of Development Practice program. His international evaluation experience includes projects in about 20 countries around the world.

Jim LoPresti, Ph.D.
Instructor, University of Colorado Business School | President, CohereUS Consulting

Jim LoPresti, Ph.D. has worked in both corporate and academic environments, blending practice and theory, for over thirty-five years. In 2005, he founded CohereUs Consulting Int’l which focuses on leadership and management professional development with a strong emphasis on emotional and social intelligence. He brings proven expertise to his clients in executive coaching, negotiation skills/conflict resolution, leadership through story-telling, resilience and stress management, team building, senior management alignment, introducing and leveraging change, and cultural transformation. Jim holds a doctorate in 19th century American literature from the University of Denver and is a certified professional coach through the International Coach Federation. Jim was a major contributor to both the first and second editions of Management: A Focus on Leadership by Annie McKee for Pearson/Prentice Hall. In addition to his consulting practice, Jim is a senior instructor, at the Business School of the University of Colorado Denver and adjunct instructor at the Colorado State University School of Business.

Devin Hibbard
Founder and CEO of Street Business School

Devin is the Founder and CEO of Street Business School, an entrepreneurial training program that helps people living in poverty go from an average of $1.35 to $4.19 per day by starting their own small businesses. Through a social franchise model, Street Business School trains other organizations to use this proven program, and is now active in 17 countries in order to reach 1 million women by 2027. Previously Devin co-founded and served as CEO of BeadforLife, and is a regular speaker and author. Her work has been featured by Nick Kristof, Entrepreneur, Barron's, the Today Show, O Magazine and dozens of other publications.

https://www.streetbusinessschool.org/
Gordon Lau
Director of Information Systems, iDE

Three-time speaker at international technology conferences, Gordon Lau is the Director of Information Systems for iDE - a nonprofit dedicated to addressing food-insecurity and sanitation challenges via market-based interventions - creating income and livelihood opportunities at the same time. He is excited to share his experience leading iDE’s first blockchain project ever. He is an expert in the building and implementation of mobile systems for M&E and business operations built on Salesforce, with a special focus on making clients and front-line staff the master of appropriate technologies.

https://www.ideglobal.org/
Allyson Quijano
Chief Sustainability Officer, Bext360

Allyson Quijano serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for Bext360, a technology company whose mission is to digitize supply chains for global commodities. She advises corporations, governments and institutions on strategy, development and sustainability. Quijano has lived in Africa and the Middle East while working with The Carter Center, International Rescue Committee and consulting with other groups on human rights, institution-building and democratic-strengthening.

https://www.bext360.com/
Patrick Riley
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GAN

Patrick Riley is the CEO at GAN and Managing Partner and Co-Founder of GAN Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Most recently, he was on the executive team at Techstars, where he oversaw its business development. He started his career working for W.L. Gore and Associates and moved into the leadership of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. Patrick left the Red Cross to manage the West Coast sales and operations for a venture-backed healthcare company that had an exit before joining Techstars and GAN. In his spare time, he skis, cycles, travels and spends time with his incredible wife and two daughters.

https://www.gan.co/

Elizabeth Ellis has spent 20 years leading private sector and agricultural development efforts in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. She joined International Development Enterprises (iDE) in 2013, first as Chief Operating Officer, then was appointed CEO in early 2019. iDE uses the power of businesses—including working through social enterprises that iDE wholly owns; partnerships with large multinational corporations like Kohler and Coca-Cola; and incubating hundreds of small, often family-owned, indigenous businesses—to reach millions of people with measurable impact in agriculture, nutrition, WASH, climate change, and women's economic empowerment. From it’s beginnings in 1982 to 2013, iDE has created income opportunity for over 20 million people. Lizz is leading iDE to even greater impact by scaling up iDE's approaches in WASH and agriculture to reach another 20 million more with products and services that increase their incomes and improve their livelihoods. Prior to joining iDE, Lizz worked in DC on USAID-funded economic growth and agriculture projects before moving to Morocco, where she helped establish the country’s first blueberries exports into Europe; and then to Nigeria, where she helped raise farm yields and incomes through partnerships with Olam, Heineken, and the Government of Nigeria. Ellis serves as the Chair of the Posner Center for International Development and also sits on the board of directors for iDE UK, iDE Ghana, and Hydrologic, an award-winning social enterprise in Cambodia owned by iDE. Ellis received her MPA/PP from Rutgers University and her BA from Grinnell College in History and Global Development Studies.

https://www.ideglobal.org/
Greg Lestikow
Director of Global WASH, iDE

As Global WASH Director, Greg drives technical strategy and innovation for iDE’s six-country WASH portfolio. Greg brings over 10 years’ experience in diverse positions in the public and development sectors. In his early career, Greg worked extensively in Latin America, where he led business development efforts and helped smallholder farmers diversify their sources of income. Since joining the Global WASH team three years ago, Greg has been thrilled to apply lessons learned in Latin America to iDE’s programs in Asia and Africa. He is especially excited to work with iDE’s in-country superstars to diagnose market failures and generate workable solutions to address them. Greg holds a BA from Colorado College and an MA in International Economics from University of California, San Diego. He still marvels at the good fortune he enjoys to work with an innovative and impactful organization while enjoying all of the fun things his native Colorado has to offer.

https://www.ideglobal.org/
Montserrat Salazar Gamboa
Country Director, The Hunger Project - Mexico

For 23 years, Montse has facilitated the institutional strengthening and organizational development of nearly fifty civil society organizations and overseen the processes of a dozen networks of Multi Actor Negotiation, Consensus Building and Multisectorial Networks. She has also designed and coordinated volunteer programs for UNESCO, UNDP, America Solidaria México and national civil organizations. She also holds a law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).

https://www.thp.org/
John Coonrod, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project | Co-Founder & Coordinator of the Movement for Community-led Development

John believes he is the world’s luckiest guy: he’s had the opportunity to be mentored by the real heroes of people-centered development - from Wangari Maathai and A.T. Ariyaratne to leaders of India’s freedom movement. He began his career in physics, helping to build the first CAT scanner and the first tokamak designed to achieve break-even fusion energy - while volunteering in antiwar, civil rights and ending hunger groups. At the height of the 1984 Africa famine, he left physics, went all-in, and has served in leadership roles at The Hunger Project ever since.

https://www.thp.org/
Micah Farfour
Special Advisor for Remote Sensing, Crisis Team, Amnesty International

Micah Farfour is the Special Advisor for Remote Sensing in the Evidence Lab at Amnesty International. The Evidence Lab is a team of experts that collaborate with researchers to analyze and verify human rights abuses. Micah has been conducting open source investigations using satellite imagery and other data sources for over seven years, working closely with researchers and journalists to uncover evidence of human rights abuses across the globe. Some past projects include near real-time monitoring and documentation of village burnings in Myanmar, tracking Boko Haram and military activities in Nigeria, monitoring and analyzing changes in North Korean gulags and supplying key evidence for an investigation into a Southeast Asian trafficking ring. When not working, she is happily getting lost in the mountains or desert with her dog.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/
Melissa Revotskie
Regional Program Officer - Africa, Water for People

Originally from Massachusetts, Melissa has worked in international development for eight years. Her areas of focus have included youth development, human rights, immigration, refugee resettlement, and at present: global WASH. In her free time, she plays ultimate frisbee, bikes, reads, and explores the mountains as often as possible.

https://www.waterforpeople.org/
Jennifer Zavala
Regional Program Officer - Latin America, Water for People

Originally from Montana, Jennifer completed her undergraduate studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and received a masters in economic development from the University of Denver. She worked at Chemonics International and managed USAID projects in Latin America before landing at Water For People. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, and reading.

https://www.waterforpeople.org/
Bruce Maj Pelz
Founder and US President, Maji Safi Group

Bruce Pelz grew up in Boulder, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado where he received honors for his B.A. in Environmental Studies. Since graduating in 2011 Bruce has gone on to co-found Maji Safi Group in 2012 and has held many different roles within the organization in both the US and Tanzania. He has served as a board member, Secretary, and Director of Operations in Tanzania where he lived and ran operations for five years. Since 2015 he has served as the President of Maji Safi Group in the US where he is in charge of administrative, fundraising and programmatic activities. Bruce has been a member of the Forbes Non-profit Council since 2016 and is part of the Posner Center for International Development Mentorship program.

https://www.majisafigroup.org/
Zach Swett
Executive Director, Africa School Assistance Project

Zach grew up traveling and living in developing countries from Tonga to the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. This global upbringing led him to pursue a career in International Development. After attending University of Denver and receiving a B.A. in International Development (with focuses on gender, health, education, and cultural anthropology), Zach has spent the last 10+ years living and working for various NGOs throughout Africa, primarily Tanzania. Currently, Zach is Executive Director for the Africa School Assistance Project (ASAP) – a Denver-based NGO committed to increasing access to quality public education in East Africa, particularly for girls.

Ann Hudock, Ph.D.
President and CEO of Counterpart International

Bringing more than 25 years of international development experience, Dr. Hudock leads Counterpart’s global program portfolio, building on the organization’s body of work with new approaches to promote civic participation and government accountability. Before joining Counterpart in 2017, Dr. Hudock worked at Plan International USA, where she led the expansion of the international program portfolio and served as Vice-Chair of the Plan Federation Program Directors Forum. She was a Managing Director at DAI, diversifying their work beyond U.S. government funding and creating a strong portfolio with UK Department for International Development. Before working with DAI, Dr. Hudock was the Deputy Country Representative and the Acting Country Representative for The Asia Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam. Democracy and governance issues were the foundation of her career in her roles as head of Democracy and Governance at World Learning in Washington, DC; as one of the first Democracy Fellows at USAID in 1997; and as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, covering the Democracy, Human Rights and Labor portfolio. Achievements, Certifications, and Special Projects Dr. Hudock currently serves on the advisory board for the University of Dayton Human Rights Center and is co-chair of the Society for International Development’s Democracy, Rights and Governance Workgroup. She is also on the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). Dr. Hudock is the author of NGOs and Civil Society Development: Democracy by Proxy? published by Polity Press in English, Chinese and Japanese.

https://www.counterpart.org/
Joe Verrengia
Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Arrow Electronics

Joe Verrengia launched Arrow Electronics' CSR program in 2013. Arrow is a global provider of technology solutions, engineering services and electronics products operating in 90 countries. Arrow's CSR focus is developing technologies for humanitarian purposes and education programs that develop the next generation of innovators.

https://www.arrow.com/
Barbara Smith
Principal and Owner, Mountain Time Development, LLC

Barbara Smith is the Principal and Owner of Mountain Time Development, LLC, an international development and national security consulting firm specializing in research, strategic planning, assessments, training, program design, evaluations, and other advisory services. Barbara Smith has over 20 years of experience in international development and security and is a subject matter expert in democracy, human rights, and governance. Ms. Smith has held several senior positions within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), including Deputy Assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Learning; Senior Policy Analyst; Deputy Coordinator for Middle East Transition Response; and Senior Field Adviser. She served on the National Security Staff at the White House as a Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs and at the Asia Foundation as Senior Director for governance and law in Washington, D.C. In addition, she has held senior positions with various organizations overseas, including as Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bosnia and as Deputy Country Representative for the Asia Foundation in Afghanistan. Ms. Smith currently serves as a non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Fellow with the Payne Institute, and an advisor to the U.S. military on humanitarian assistance practices. Ms. Smith received a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Political Science from Texas State University.

https://www.mountaintimedevelopment.com/
Sherry Manning
Founder and Executive Director, Global Seed Savers

Sherry has worked in the Philippines for the last decade helping bring capacity building programs for food and seed sovereignty to small holder farmers throughout the 7,000 islands. What started with one family farm has grown into a nationwide movement to restore the ancient practice of saving seeds and build resilience in the face of climate change. She holds a Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Law from the University of Denver and a BA in Government from the University of Redlands. She is a proud graduate of Seed School in a Day and the weeklong Seed School Teacher Training program of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and has facilitated multiple courses in the US and the Philippines.

https://globalseedsavers.org/

Event Schedule

  • February 27, 2020
  • February 28, 2020
08:00 AM
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08:30 AM

Check-in, Welcome, Breakfast

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08:30 AM
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12:00 PM
Track : Monitoring & Evaluation, sponsored by Regis University's Development Practice

Global Session: Hands-on Training for Mobile Data Collection with Kobo Toolbox (Session Full)

Classroom

What is the best data collection tool - or combination of tools - for your organization? This workshop will share best practices for mobile, online, and offline data collection and provide a hands-on deep dive training on Kobo Toolbox, so participants will leave ready to run a trial in their own organization. While we will address broader principles, the workshop will focus on Kobo Toolbox - a free open-source platform to collect data in the field using devices such as mobile phones or tablets, as well as with paper or computers. It is being continuously improved for use in difficult field environments and was developed in a joint initiative between OCHA, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Participants should bring a laptop computer and register their account before the workshop: https://kf.kobotoolbox.org/accounts/register/#/ Note: We encourage organizations to attend as a global team. This session is designed for global participation via our virtual global classroom. Included in registration, attendees who select this session will receive a link to share with their international team members to attend virtually.

Kurt Wilson, Ph.D.

Track : Social Entrepreneurship, sponsored by Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at CU Denver's Business School

Entrepreneurial Mindset Framework (EMF): Develop and Empower all Team Members to Become Impact Agents in your Organization

Commons

Complacency and status quo can be toxic to any organization. While it may be impossible (and potentially dangerous) to staff your entire organization with entrepreneurs, your organization can benefit from the entrepreneurial mindset to innovate, refine, and thrive. In this fast paced and global environment, it is imperative for any organizations working with varying constituents from all over the world to embrace the EMF in order to drive meaningful collaboration to innovate, build, and scale effectively. This program demonstrates the framework of entrepreneurial mindset through leveraging the following fundamental concepts: - Accurate identification of the problems: Distinguish & define symptoms and root-causes - Critical and collaborative thinking - Developing strategic visions with pragmatic tactical plan - Risks mitigation & contingency planning - Active & passive leadership - Real-time learning + reflection + refinement

Jung Park

12:00 PM
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01:30 PM
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04:00 PM
Track : Monitoring & Evaluation, sponsored by Regis University's Development Practice

Evaluating Intangibles: Practical Approaches, Methods, and Tools

Commons

How do we collect useful feedback on intangible outcomes like hope, agency or trust? The thoughtful development of human capacity intended by most international development organizations involves a combination of both visible outcomes like latrines or new farming techniques and invisible outcomes like hope, agency or trust. Even though both are important, existing evaluation approaches are nearly exclusively focused on the visible...leaving organizations unable to address key elements of their mission. This workshop will provide the frameworks, approaches and practical tools that are being developed to address this need. Come with your questions and creative thinking to join an ongoing discussion in this groundbreaking area!

Kurt Wilson, Ph.D.

Track : Social Entrepreneurship, sponsored by Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at CU Denver's Business School

Emotional & Contextual Intelligence for Global Entrepreneurs (Session Full)

Classroom

A great deal of research emphasizes the strong link between emotional and social competence and a person’s effectiveness as a leader, manager, employee, and plain old human being. Entrepreneurs, in particular, have to rely heavily on managing their emotional world in terms of risk tolerance, building and sustaining meaningful relationships, and coping with the unique circumstances of “going it alone”Starting and maintaining a business in another cultural context adds a new layer of variables, such as cultural differences in values, ethics, laws, and customs Through exercises, case studies, and videos, this workshop will focus on defining the four essential domains of the emotionally intelligent leader – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management. The first two domains (the personal) determine how well we recognize and manage our own emotions. The second two domains (the interpersonal) influence how well we recognize and manage the emotions of others and forge strong relationships. We will then define and explore the core competencies associated with these domains, such as transparency, accurate self-assessment, self-confidence, curiosity, empathy, and initiative. Finally, we will explore the essential contextual intelligence skills for navigating with relative ease and adaptability through the complexities of an international environment.

Jim LoPresti, Ph.D.

04:00 PM
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05:00 PM

Break, Collaboration Time

Flex Rooms

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Use this time to chat with your new connections or continue conversations about the workshops in our meeting rooms while we transform the building for our Networking Welcome Reception.

05:00 PM
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07:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Posner Center Commons

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Please join us for a networking reception and meet your fellow conference attendees! Light snacks provided.

08:00 AM
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Check-in, Welcome, Breakfast

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08:45 AM
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09:45 AM

Collaborating to Empower Local Entrepreneurs: Putting Power in the Hands of Local Entrepreneurs

Commons

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How can we create truly collaborative development if we aren’t willing to give power away – to those we serve, to our staff, to local leaders, to our partners. This highly interactive session will use Street Business School's entrepreneurial training program as a case study and help you answer key questions on how to amplify the value of collaboration into your own work.

Devin Hibbard

10:00 AM
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10:50 AM
Track : Collaborating through Technology

Distributed Leadership - Linking Partners Together on a Blockchain Project (Session Full)

Boardroom

Riffing off the format of a couple telling a story of how they met, got married and who now do the dishes, Bext360 and iDE share their respective perspectives on forming a partnership and maintaining it. There will be talks of many firsts - First Blockchain project funded through Posner (and implemented by iDE), first premium payment to “tip the farmers” for Bext360.

Gordon Lau

Allyson Quijano

Track : Global/Local Collaboration

Love the Experience, Trust the Results: A Social Venture Case Study in Latin America

Commons

GAN is a highly curated community of independent accelerators, partners, and investors. Together, we create opportunities around the world for startups to access the human and financial capital they need to build businesses and make a meaningful impact wherever they call home. This session is about what we have learned through collaborative accelerators, examples of our social ventures in Latin America, and how we embrace the challenges that come our way.

Patrick Riley

Track : Collaboration for Scale

Collaborating to Launch the World’s First $10 Million Sanitation Development Impact Bond in Cambodia

Classroom

The world's first Development Impact Bond (DIB) for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), the Rural Sanitation DIB, aims to eradicate the high rates of open defecation in the country and accelerate the Cambodian government's efforts to reach universal sanitation and support the Cambodian government's aim of eliminating open defecation by 2025.  Implementing NGO and Posner Community member, iDE's will share perspectives on their collaboration with the impact investor and outcomes funder in this innovative funding model that will scale their Cambodia model for building sanitation markets in order to increase access to safe sanitation. 

Lizz Ellis

Greg Lestikow

11:00 AM
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12:20 PM

Lunch | Fail Fest

Commons

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After grabbing your lunch, get ready to hear some Big & Bad Ideas in Collaboration. Each 5 minute presentation will highlight big, bold projects - and big, bold failures - in collaborative global development

12:35 PM
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Collaborating for Community-led Solutions: The Science of Community-led Development

Commons

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The session will explore strategies to achieve the profound systemic transformation required, in Gandhi's words, to restore people to control over their own lives and destiny. Community-led development (CLD) is the process of working with people to achieve locally owned visions and goals. The challenge is that the prevailing patriarchal paradigm of development is top-down, in silos and highly unsustainable.

Montserrat Salazar Gamboa

John Coonrod, Ph.D.

01:50 PM
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02:40 PM
Track : Collaborating through Technology

Sifting Through Reality: The "Simple" Path to Solving Problems of Mass Data and Misinformation

Commons

In 2011, with the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, a flood of photo and video mis/dis-information began appearing on various social media platforms. Human rights abuse researchers struggled with knowing what was real and false. To help resolve this, a small team at Amnesty International and partnering universities developed a way to sift through the potential evidence through worldwide collaboration. In this session, Micah will present a case study on exactly why videos found on social media should be verified, and how the global human rights verification program was formed, and some of the roadblocks along the way.

Micah Farfour

Track : Global/Local Collaboration

Toward Everyone Forever: Community and District Partnerships for Universal WASH (Session Full)

Classroom

We'll share case studies from both Africa and Latin America where Water For People implements a unique district-wide approach to water and sanitation services. We’ll cover how to bring community members along from "stage 0," before implementation begins, and what it looks like to collaborate with district governments.

Melissa Revotskie

Jennifer Zavala

Track : Collaboration for Scale

Participatory Development: Student-Led Community Health Education in Tanzania (Session Full)

Boardroom

Africa School Assistance Project (ASAP) and Maji Safi Group (MSG) employ participatory development strategies to empower stakeholders and beneficiaries to self-identify local challenges and propose solutions. This session looks at how both organizations programming is led by a participatory approach and how they came to collaborate in order to scale MSG’s successful community health education program by ­­pairing it with a ASAP’s unique approach to girl’s education.

Bruce Maj Pelz

Zach Swett

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Collaborating for Local Capacity Development: Partnerships with Purpose

Commons

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So much discussion of capacity building focuses on the wrong things: what to build, and how to build it. Very little focuses on why partnerships for capacity building are developed. This is essential for success so that shared outcomes are clear from the beginning, expectations are managed, and trust develops through open dialogue along the way. Clarity of purpose also allows for the essential discussion of the two-way nature of capacity building. There is a mistaken belief that local capacity building means developing local organizations and that this is done by international or more developed organizations. In fact, these relationships are very much reciprocal and local organizations contribute as much if not more to the capacity building of the international or more developed organization. This dimension is masked too often and results in power differentials that are skewed and don’t reflect the reality of the interdependence of the partnership. This session engages the audience in a guided discussion about how to create partnerships for purpose, and how Counterpart International has done so in Afghanistan, the South Pacific, and elsewhere in the world. We will look at the range of valid reasons for entering into partnerships: exchanging information; advancing organizations’ missions; amplifying organizations’ brand; motivating staff; leveraging greater resources; deepening impact.

Ann Hudock, Ph.D.

04:10 PM
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05:00 PM
Track : Collaborating through Technology

Closing the Technology Gap: Arrow's Digitruck Project (Session Full)

Boardroom

How can NGOs and businesses leverage cross-sector partnerships for greater humanitarian impact? Learn from Joe Verrengia about the journey of Arrow Electronics' CSR program, how a client relationship to refurbish computers turned into a long-term, deeply collaborative partnership between Arrow and Close the Gap, and their Digitruck project which uses shipping containers and solar power to create mobile IT classrooms.

Joe Verrengia

Track : Global/Local Collaboration

Collaborating with Countries to Solve Their Own Development Challenges: USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance Initiative (Session Full)

Classroom

Barbara Smith is co-lead researcher for a Mitchell Group study examining USAID’s initiative The Journey to Self-Reliance. The Journey to Self-Reliance is based on the idea that growing a country's self-reliance requires building a country’s capacity to plan, finance and implement solutions to local development challenges, and ensuring that there is commitment to see these solutions through effectively, inclusively and with accountability. Barbara Smith is co-lead researcher for a Mitchell Group study examining USAID’s initiative The Journey to Self-Reliance. The Journey to Self-Reliance is based on the idea that growing a country's self-reliance requires building a country’s capacity to plan, finance and implement solutions to local development challenges, and ensuring that there is commitment to see these solutions through effectively, inclusively and with accountability. We hope to hear from the audience about their personal experiences with building commitment and capacity, and what these terms mean to organizations participating in the session. The session will touch on the successes and failures and how collaboration and shared understandings have contributed to the success (or failure) of your programs. The team will also explore how collaboration through inclusion can contribute to building commitment, whether through broader community engagement, greater enfranchisement of marginalized groups or something else. This session is a chance for your organization to contribute to a study that will ultimately inform USAID policy and practice.

Barbara Smith

Track : Collaboration for Scale

Can Local Government and NGOs Collaborate for Success?

Commons

Global Seed Savers has seen great success in collaborating with Local Government in the Philippines to move our mission of food and seed sovereignty forward. During this session we will share our stories of success and challenges that partnering with local government has brought. We will share our lessons of patience, perseverance, and how to build and foster good working relationships with local government officials who share a similar mission.

Sherry Manning

05:00 PM
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05:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Commons

$0.00

05:30 PM
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07:30 PM

No-Host Networking Happy Hour

Improper City

$0.00

Cap off a great conference by networking with all the Collaborators you recently met!