Okay, I have been silent for a while. Had a bit of a dry spell combined with some rather overwhelming work loads so it is taking me a bit of time to get back on my feet. Enough of the excuses.
Finished reading The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman a few weeks back. If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to pick up a copy. What an eye and brain opener! You may not agree with his politics or with some of his journalism, but his recent book is worth a read and some honest consideration to its message.
Of particular interest to me was considering how the globalization of the economy will play out for the non-profit world. How will those organizations that work on a global scale respond to the opportunities and challenges that this globalization will bring?
- How do we respond to countries like India, China, Philippines, etc where there are large pockets of developing wealth and larger pockets of poverty, discrimination, and need?
- How do we work with companies like UPS, Dell, HP, and myriads of others who have globalized their services in such as way that it makes non-profit/for-profit partnerships even more valuable?
- For agencies that work on a global scale, is there a way to position resources such that response to need can be (almost) instantaneous?
- In the fund-raising arena, what will globalization look like when donors from around the world are making contributions to our organizations?
These and a number of personal considerations were germinated. Still working through some of the thoughts I had as I read the book from a more personal and family basis.