Aid Works teamed up with Thomson Reuters Foundation to conduct a rapid survey on racism in the aid sector in August 2020. Through this survey, we aimed to provide a platform for aid workers to share their experiences and ultimately, to provide an evidence base for change in the sector.
We are human. No shock there. We are all complicated individuals who have a unique set of experiences and thoughts. Our challenge in making change happen, is that we are not always sure what the people we seek to serve want or need. Because it’s really hard to find this out when we are under pressure to get results. Continue reading →
I read in the book ‘Originals’ by Adam Grant the idea of entry interviews instead of exit interviews, and realised this is an approach I was already doing – but didn’t realise.
I’ve been honing this over the last few months.
The concept is that instead of waiting to ask for ideas when employees (in my case consultants) leave, seek insights when they first arrive – gathering new suggestions and ideas. This makes sense, as how often in an exit interview – is the person looking at their watch and reading for the next thing? Continue reading →
Managers in the social impact sector are overworked, under high degrees of stress and pressure to achieve results, and have to keep thinking about how to make sure projects show evidence of change and value for money.
This isn’t easy, as often we are expected to do more, and to reach more people, with less funding. Continue reading →
You tried really hard, put emotional labour into your creation. It could be a new blog, report, presentation, workshop, website or gadget.
And then you start getting feedback. And this can be hard.
Change and creating something new is hard and fulfilling work. Remember – not all feedback is useful, and you don’t need to listen to everyone. But you do need to stay level-headed, even if the feedback is not easy to work through.
We want to instil discussions about the tough topics with social change makers who want to do the hard work and make change happen – the rest of this article can be found via The Innovation community.
We’re not huge fans of new year’s resolutions. Gym, wake up earlier, starting hobbies can work for some people, but doesn’t work for others. You could set goals, make them SMART and even make a theory of change. We think this should be done quarterly (not the theory of change), but look at what you are trying to achieve as an individual across your entire life (not just work) on a quarterly basis. Continue reading →
Two examples of leadership thought pioneers we don’t talk enough about in our sector are Barack Obama and Brené Brown. Both of them aren’t white men, which is also a bonus. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston – famous for her Ted Talk – The Power of Vulnerability as well as numerous books on leadership. Barack Obama – really needs no more introduction. Our thoughts on how this links to our sector… Continue reading →
You may spend a huge amount of time uplifting your teams and team members, showing empathy, listening, propelling them forward. But then a lot of what you do is outside of your control. The decisions may be made by your boss, or further up the chain. Continue reading →