The 2018 Annual Conference was the third I’ve had the privilege of working on, and our first as Humentum. Last year, InsideNGO, LINGOs, and Mango announced their merger to form Humentum about a week before the Annual Conference, marking it the last conference as InsideNGO. Appropriately, this year’s conference felt like the same momentous event, but with a new Humentum feel.
I’m not sure how it happened: perhaps it’s just a factor of time and persistence; or maybe it’s the hints of gray near my temples. But suddenly I find myself in a place where people think I have a degree of wisdom to share -- especially when I spend a lot of time talking about leadership. So let me start this piece by acknowledging that when I speak about leadership, I most often focus on those traits in others that I observe in conjunction with effective, happy, productive, creative and dynamic teams -- mainly because they are characteristics to which I aspire.
Humentum knows that NGOs often have limited training budgets yet value the crucial role that professional development plays in program success. With this in mind, we introduced the Alison N. Smith International Scholarship for leaders from our member organizations. The scholarship provides funds for field office leadership to attend our Annual Conference and make the most of the important discussions, networking events and learning opportunities with their peers. We asked two of our 2018 Alison N. Smith International Scholarship recipients – Sadia Mansoor and Dr.
When you are just starting out your career, the NGO sphere can be a little overwhelming. Not only are you trying to wrap your head around the vastness of the industry, you are also trying to get a handle on how you fit into your own organization. More likely than not, you are one of the most junior and least-connected staff members in the NGO space. And that’s okay. Everyone starts somewhere. Every CEO started at the bottom and worked their way up with time and experience. It takes time to build up a foundational knowledge about and a network within the NGO industry.
Humentum’s Annual Conference in their 40th Anniversary year was held in Washington, DC, last month. This event brought a great deal of opportunities for the participants to network with other NGO professionals from all over the region and world to share and collaborate.
Uncertainty is a very good thing: it's the beginning of an investigation, and the investigation should never end.
A sure path is almost always crowded. When people know the way, or if think they know the way, they’ll take it. No matter if there are obstacles. If they see the light at the end, they know where they’re going, so they continue moving forward. Consider this: would you rather take a route that your mind is telling you is direct, despite traffic and potholes, or would you rather take an empty, quiet street with a few more turns?
Thank you to the many who contributed to the shared experience of last month’s Humentum Annual Conference.
Curation, Complexity, Collaboration and other Curious Learning and Capacity Building Trends
Last week, we opened the Global Learning Forum at the Humentum 2017 conference by discussing the trends affecting learning at international NGOs (INGOs). While many of the 120 participants in the session had specific responsibilities for learning or capacity building in their organizations, it was also exciting to see a diverse group of HR, finance, and compliance professionals engaged in the discussion.
We looked at four trends areas:
When I arrived at the Humentum conference, I wasn’t entirely sure that this was the right place for me. I’m a digital communications specialist at Fintrac Inc., a woman-owned and US-based consulting company that develops agricultural solutions to end hunger and this year, communications wasn’t its own identified pathway at the Humentum Annual Conference. No specific speaker mentioned communications as their own focus area.