I've been away for quite a while, and have let the messages pile up on my cyber doorstep. I apologize to those who left their thoughts.
I changed jobs in June and moved cities to boot and that has been quite an adjustment. Add to that, the curse of "saying I will start a series" which, invariably, makes me stumble on posting regularly.
Where I've been
Well, all that is about to change...
Where I'm going
Here's more about them:
The work of the Rockefeller Foundation for the 21st Century is to enable 'smart globalization.' It attempts to harness the creative forces of globalization to ensure that the tools and technologies that have significantly improved the human condition in many parts of the world during the past half century are accessible today to more people, more fully, in more places.
The foundation focuses its work on five, interlocking issues and one of them is rapid urbanization.
What do they want to accomplish, particularly in my field? They want to address...
...the risks of accelerating urbanization - shaping efforts in planning, finance, infrastructure, and governance to manage a world in which, for the first time in history, more people live in urban communities than rural ones.
in planning, finance, infrastructure, and governance
to manage a world in which, for the first time in history,
more people live in urban communities than rural ones.
Let me step back and say, "Wow!" Sorry. This is a defining moment for me.
And have I told you how they work?
- We seek and support work that sparks innovation, fresh approaches to problems and their resolutions.
- We work across and between disciplines, bridging the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
- We bring diverse people and parties together and engage them in meaningful alliances.
- We search for and work with partners to leverage as many elements as possible to maximize opportunities for success.
- We work to strengthen individual, institutional, and community capacity — empowering more people in more places to build and maintain better lives and futures.
- We strive to stay nimble and agile. Almost all of our work is selected because the Foundation sees an opportunity to break a bottleneck, surface a new issue or reframe an old one, take advantage of a current or coming tipping point, or expand a proven solution in concert with others.
- The Foundation vigorously and regularly measures impact and outcomes. Our initiatives specify clear time frames, identify anticipated results, and require monitoring and evaluation. This does not mean that we expect to solve the world’s thorniest problems overnight. It does mean that Foundation-supported work defines hypotheses, articulates both short- and longer-term objectives, foresees and adapts to changing circumstances, and fully integrates verifiable methods of assessing progress.
As they say in the old time world of Komiks, "Abangan ang susunod na kabanata."