NGO’s have a common DNA around their desire to help societies and individuals develop and become self sustaining. We are faced with the same realities, the reality that “more than 20,000 people perished yesterday from extreme poverty” (The End of Poverty, Jeffrey D. Sachs).
Initiative 360 – Take It Global has the advantage of partnering with grass roots, on the ground movements that include, at an operational and board level, national representatives and leadership. This means that our thinking and planning is not disconnected from the real and present problems that these individuals face daily.
A significant amount of our core thinking has been shaped around the concept of “getting to maybe”. In the book with the same title the authors Westley, Zimmerman and Patton define “may” as possibility, what might be, the essence of intentiality, as a vision of what could happen, if only … They define “be” as a state of being, the way things really are, reality. “Getting to maybe” is about looking beyond the realities of a harsh existence today to the possibilities of a brighter more prosperous future. For us, it is about overcoming the fear of our own insignificance, “many of us have a deep desire to make the world a better place, but often our good intentions are undermined by the fear that we are so insignificant nothing we can do will actually make a difference.” (Getting to Maybe, Westley, Zimmerman and Patton)
We are challenging ourselves to make the little we have as significant as possible.
• Identify strategic bottle necks and mobilize to address them.
• Find and realize synergies among individuals and organizations.
• Interface with nationals, local partners, governments and senior officials to help open doors and chart new territory for development.
• Resource expansion and development.
• Create sustainability without creating dependency.
• Empower and equip indigenous partners.
• Strengthen hands on the ground.