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.
Ennie Chipembere (seen above, to the left of the title) is Head of Learning and Capacity Development for ActionAid International in South Africa. Last year, Ennie was recognized with the LINGOs Rising Star award during the LINGOs Global Forum.
Humentum member Alecia Maragh was a volunteer at the Humentum Annual Conference in July 2016. Drawing on her experiences volunteering at our conference and several others, she created a checklist for anyone planning an international conference. A version of this blog originally appeared on LinkedIn.