The Friday Funny – a theory of change for international diplomacy (and a heads up for AEA 2012)

As we start heading off to the AEA conference in Minnesota next week, it’s timely to share the original theory of change that seems to have been part of Australia’s (successful) bid for a temporary seat on the UN Security Council:

The Australians wooed the 193 UN delegates with gifts including chocolate-coated hazelnut pralines shaped

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Interview with the President! A new podcast from Genuine Evaluation

Rodney Hopson

This week we hinted on twitter that we’d have a high-profile guest to interview.

Today, Jane Davidson interviews the President! [Sorry, folks; we couldn’t resist playing with this in the run-up to the US elections! We debated it and agreed before we started the interview, of course. ]

Yes, it’s Professor Rodney Hopson, president of

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The two second advantage and memories of the future

Stuart Henderson’s mention of The Two Second Advantage (see the LinkedIn discussion referred to in the post from earlier this week) reminds me of the work of business strategist Arie De Geus, who discusses how learning organizations use scenario planning to create “memories of the future”.

It seems to me that this idea has potential

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What’s new and exciting in evaluation? Looking two seconds ahead

Stuart Henderson recently posed an interesting question on the AEA LinkedIn discussion forum:

Having just returned from the AEA meetings and come across the book The Two Second Advantage (Ranadive and Maney), I’m wondering what people think are some exciting developments in evaluation.

The book, “The Two Second Advantage” (Ranadive and Maney), suggests that anticipating

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How has Michael Scriven influenced YOU professionally?

Have you been personally or professionally influenced by Michael Scriven? Call for reflections about how Michael has influenced your ideas and work.

Perhaps you were his student in a workshop or class. Perhaps you are his colleague, friend, or thankful acquaintance. Perhaps he inspired you or challenged you. If you would like to reflect and

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