Methodologies for Change Makers

A tool to develop your Theory of Change

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 8 February 2018

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…

Storytelling for Social Change (Ashoka)

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 29 October 2016

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…

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

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 29 August 2015

 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…

Towards A Theory Of Systemic Action

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 8 November 2014

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…

My favorite change management tools and books.

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 26 October 2014

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.…

Toolkit of All Toolkits for Social Innovation

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 2 October 2014

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…

Do you know your stakeholders? Tool to undertake a Stakeholder analysis

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 2 October 2014

Stakeholder management is critical to the success of every project in every organization I have ever worked with. By engaging the right people in the right way in your project, you can make a big difference to its success… and to your career. – Rachel Thompson, Mind Tools. Stakeholder Management is an important discipline that successful…

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

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 24 September 2014

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…

How to promote positive change in teams and organizations with Appreciative Inquiry

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 21 September 2014

I am a big fan of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as an approach to introduce change in organizations, teams, communities and workshops and also for personal and leadership development. I like it because it proposes a shift from problem solving to identifying and building on existing strengths. The basic tenet of AI is that  a team or…

Fifteen projects selected to compete for the EIBI’s 2014 Social Innovation Tournament

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 11 July 2014

The Social Innovation Tournament,  was established by the EIB Institute in 2012  to  encourage entrepreneurship and new thinking to tackle social challenges,  rewards innovative projects that create social value and combat social exclusion. This year I had the privilege of  of being part of EIB´s  jury to select the Fifteen finalists  from 171 candidates in 26 countries.…

Webinar Innovation & Business Development through Inclusive Business

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 3 July 2014

WEBINAR |  July 15, 2014 | 9:00am Bogota | 10:00am NY | 15:00 London| 19:30 New Delhi Companies seek innovation opportunities, business development and market expansion. Meanwhile, countless communities around the world face market inefficiencies, exclusion, disconnection from markets, and many other development challenges. While they struggle with poverty and inefficiency traps, these populations represent an untapped productive resource and…

My interview on the Social Innovation approach in Luxembourg: "If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together"

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 29 June 2014

“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together: What is Collective Impact?” This article has been published in the last newsletter of Innovationsocial.lu  the recently created  initiative to promote social innovation in Luxembourg. The project is lead by CRP Henri Tudor and supported by the Department of Solidarity Economy…

Investing in Women´s Employment: Good for Business, Good for Development. New IFC report

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 9 June 2014

International Finance Corporation published a report that outlines how investing in women’s employment has led to enhanced business performance and productivity for companies in diverse countries and sectors. The report, ‘Investing in Women´s Employment: Good for Business, Good for Development’ presents specific examples of how initiatives tailored to women—such as training, childcare support, health services, and…

5th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 3 June 2014

The objective of the 5th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment is to highlight opportunities for microfinance to improve environmental issues in the South and encourage the industry to find innovative solutions for global environmental concerns. The award of €100,000 from the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs will be…

What is Social Innovation?

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 18 May 2014

I like the way Social innovation is enjoying growing recognition all over the world.  I really think it is the future to solve many of our current social and environmental problems,  and that is the reason why I support it and share methodologies, case studies and all kind of information of all those that want to…