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Changemaker LAB. To Be the Change: Use your strengths every day

Why  some people are more positive, altruistic and successful in everything they do? How can changemakers, socially committed  employees and citizens  or positive leaders maintain high levels of resilience, positivity and energy? To answer these questions, I have interviewed highly purposeful and successful individuals and  analysed and experimented with cutting-edge research from neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology. I summarized…

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A tool to develop your Theory of Change

In this post I want to share with you a very powerful tool, developed by DIY,  on how to use Theory of Change to develop solutions for complex problems. Let´s first clarify why it is important to set a Theory of Change, what is it  exactly and how to use the tool. In the end you…

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Storytelling for Social Change (Ashoka)

Few would deny that storytelling is a powerful tool for inspiring action and change and influencing thought leaders, funders, and decision makers. Climate change, inequality, violence and other challenges can’t be solved by doing more of the same. We need new narratives that connect with peoples’ deepest motivations and promote more radical action. Stories engage…

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Social Innovation: 7 practical steps to promote it at regional level

 Europe 2020 is the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world,  the EU wants to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Concretely, the Union has set five ambitious objectives…

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Towards A Theory Of Systemic Action

Today I want to share with you an interesting paper on what is needed for systemic action by Zaid Hassan. You can download it here and find an excerpt below. Click here to access the full essay (PDF, Page 21)  As our world increases in complexity, more and more resources are being directed at addressing challenges…

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My favorite change management tools and books.

One of my main objectives when I launched this blog was to share ideas, tools and experiences on how to bring positive change to people´s lives (individual change),  within organizations and to society as a whole. Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite books on how to manage organizational change processes.…

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Toolkit of All Toolkits for Social Innovation

Development practitioners are all too familiar with information overload on how they can do their jobs better. My aim with this blog is to curate some of that information so it’s easier to use. The DIY Toolkit (Development, Impact, and You), created by Nesta in cooperation with the Rockefeller Foundation, is a fairly new web-based resource with…

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If not me, who? if not now, when?

For the launch of the UN’s new campaign HeForShe, a movement dedicated to putting an end to gender inequality, this weekend Emma Watson delivered an empowering speech on feminism to a standing ovation. The first campaign of its kind at the UN, HeForShe will, according to Emma, “try and galvanise as many men and boys as possible to…

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