First Day Message from LINGOs new CEO Chris Proulx

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Dear LINGOs community,

Today is my first day as the new CEO of LINGOs. I am honored to have been selected to follow in the footsteps of LINGOs co-founder and CEO for the past ten years, Eric Berg. I appreciated the opportunities over the summer where a number of you discussed your work with me, and shared your hopes and aspirations for LINGOs moving forward to help jump start my learning and on-boarding process. I have also benefited from significant interaction with Eric and the rest of the LINGOs team to help prepare me for this day.

During that time, I heard from many of you about your goals of expanding access to more in-country staff, the challenges of limited resources for learning and development, and the need to always be advocating and raising the awareness of the benefits of effective learning inside your organizations, and in the sector. I believe there will be many opportunities for LINGOs to help members address those challenges by continuing to enhance and improve the services and tools available from our private sector partners. It is also critically important that we continue to expand the contextually relevant programs that we co-create with the sector like PMDPro which has had broad reach in just a few short years. Such a program underscores that a significant component of LINGOs’ value is derived from our structure as a consortium. So, I look forward to engaging you as a group in the year ahead in ways that we can act together to continue making progress in ensuring that all staff have access to the tools, content, and professional community that will enable them to develop the skills to be more effective in their jobs and in their own context.

I am ready to roll-up my sleeves and work along side you and the LINGOs team to continue the spirit of service and innovation that has made LINGOs a success. I welcome your ideas and input through the LINGOs LinkedIN group and at chris@lingos.org. If you have not already connected with me on LinkedIN, please also send me an invite. I am looking forward to our annual member meeting in Portland in November where we can have continued and extended dialogue about how, together, we can continue to expand upon our collective success in providing accessible, relevant, and effective learning opportunities for international development, humanitarian, and conservation professionals.

P.S. For those of our UK and European members who are not able to make the trip to Portland, I hope to be in London in January and look forward to arranging a session with many of you then.

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Chris Proulx
President and CEO

LINGOs

chris@lingos.org
+1 607-279-2236
Skype: chris.proulx01

LINGOs receives Client Excellence Award for the Best Use of NetDimensions Talent Suite for a Good Cause

The NetDimensions Client Excellence Awards ceremony took place in the context of Next Steps regional user conference in Chicago on the 17th September. NetDimensions granted its Excellence Awards to six client organizations to recognize exemplary leadership and innovation in using NetDimensions Talent Suite.

That Wednesday evening we were proud to hand out the Client Excellence Award for the Best Use of NetDimensions Talent Suite for a Good Cause to the LINGOs team.

20140917_LINGOs_Client_Excellence_Award (2)LINGOs Technology Director Robb Allen, NetDimensions Chief Marketing Officer Alex Poulos, LINGOs Member Services Manager Gus Curran (holding award) and LINGOs Technology Support Specialist Juan José Vallejo at NetD Conference

The NetDimensions crew is glad to support LINGOs in their mission to make the world a better place.  “We are proud to be a LINGOs partner and to contribute with our technology in helping to address many of the fundamental challenges faced by society today,” Alex Poulos, Chief Marketing Officer of NetDimensions said. “There is no question that learning can be transformational to communities all over the world and can help better people’s lives with technology playing a key part in that.”

NetDimensions and LINGOs have built an innovative learning offering that is based on NetDimensions Learning, the award-winning Learning Management System available as Secure SaaS, which can serve multiple LINGOs member organizations via highly personalized and distributed learning portals. The portals are developed on the popular WordPress blogging and content management system and utilize BuddyPress, a WordPress plugin that provides social networking functionality.

With the WordPress front-end, LINGOs can cost-effectively provide learning portals to each member organization that meet the unique requirements of their headquarters and country offices wherever they are in the world. These portals integrate with NetDimensions Learning via the NetDimensions SDK that provides single sign-on authentication and specific APIs and widgets for WordPress.

“NetDimensions has always been true to its mission to make learning, performance support and knowledge sharing more accessible to global organizations,” said Jay Shaw, CEO and founder of NetDimensions. “We are honored to be able to do the same for non-profit organizations that have to serve their efforts under very difficult conditions. As a company looking for ways to give back to society, NetDimensions is fully committed to building our relationship with LINGOs and to helping provide a learning technology that has an impact on the world.”

eLearning partnership spreads knowledge and awareness to prevent Ebola

The learning community is partnering with individuals and organizations to increase knowledge and awareness of the outbreak of Ebola and to prevent the spread of this virus. Using content from the World Health Organization, CDC, and other organizations, the DisasterReady.org team created a 15-minute online course called Ebola Awareness Quick Guide in both English and French and made it available on the DisasterReady.org portal free of charge for any registered learner.  Registration takes only one minute to complete and provides immediate access to over 300+ online courses, recorded webinars, videos, and other resources.

Upon learning of the Ebola Awareness Quick Guide, LINGOs requested to put the course on its own platform so that its 80+ International NGO members could provide it to their staff via the same site as their other organizational learning, and track staff access of this resource.

We’re pleased to report that within two days of becoming aware of the existence of this learning resource, the DisasterReady team shared the course files and the LINGOs tech team loaded and tested the course on all platforms and made it available to all member organizations. “We are very happy to share these two courses with LINGOs. This Ebola Awareness Quick Guide is an example of our Rapid Authoring program designed to respond quickly to a crisis with free resources for individuals and organizations that are responding to specific emergencies or disasters. As more courses are developed, we will be happy to share those in the future” said Bob Nutting, Director of Learning at DisasterReady.org.

EbolaCourse-screenshotLINGOs Member Organizations have responded like never before to the availability of a new course,” said LINGOs Membership Director Marian Abernathy. “The timely creation of the course and sharing it with LINGOs for international NGO Member organizations to deploy and track to their global staff is an important step to preventing the spread of Ebola.”

International NGOs are deploying the English and French versions of the Ebola Awareness course for staff in affected areas and their emergency response teams. LINGOs and its member organizations are grateful to DisasterReady.org and its parent organization the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation for providing some of the indispensable elements – information and knowledge – to stopping the spread of Ebola.

The quick guide course includes links to updated websites with the latest information on the outbreak. Learners will also have immediate access to documents providing additional awareness of the outbreak including fact sheets, posters, and information specific to aid workers in Africa.

The course is available to anyone free of charge via http://DisasterReady.org. Additionally, international development and humanitarian workers who work for a LINGOs Member Organization, may access the course through their organizational learning platforms.

About DisasterReady (www.DisasterReady.org)

DisasterReady.org is a free online resource for aid workers with over 30,000 registered users from around the world. Through the DisasterReady.org initiative, aid workers can share resources and information and access customized online learning anytime, anywhere in the world. By providing high-quality, accessible training at no cost, the DisasterReady.org Portal allows aid workers to do what they do best: save lives, rebuild communities, and restore hope.

About LINGOs (www.LINGOs.org)

LINGOs is a not-for-profit capacity building organization in its tenth year of providing world-class learning opportunities that are appropriate, accessible and affordable for people working to reduce poverty and alleviate suffering in the developing world. We accomplish our mission through:

  • Private Sector Partnerships – learning industry leaders provide products and services to LINGOs for free or at greatly reduced costs;
  • Volunteer Engagement world-class instructional designers and developers provide pro bono services to create world-class learning products available at no cost;
  • Member Collaboration – over 80 of the leading international development organizations collaborating on shared solutions to common challenges.

Letter to the Boss…

Our last post highlighted the upcoming LINGOs 2014 Member Meeting focusing on Learning in NGOs. Many members have asked for a letter-to-the-boss to share with their supervisor to strengthen their request to attend.  LINGOs Co-Founder and CEO Eric Berg wrote this post for member representatives who could use a bit of leverage with their manager or boss. (There’s an editable note, where you can insert some of your own info on the LINGOs 2014 Member Meeting web page. Remember, early bird registration ends on July 31.)

 #Let’sDoThis

#LearningInNGOs

EricBerg (1)Dear _________________,

I am writing on behalf of (insert your name/s here) to let you know of an important capacity building event happening in November. LINGOs is completing its tenth year and we are taking this opportunity to gather many of the individuals and organizations that have instrumental in our efforts to provide world-class learning free or at little cost to anyone working to improve lives in the developing world. As one of the founding members, Mercy Corps will be hosting this year’s meeting at their headquarters in Portland Oregon. In addition to highlighting the innovative programs our members are running to build the skills of their staff and implementing partners in the field, we have three industry leaders coming to share their expertise with the group:

Vikas Narula, Creator and Co-Founder of KeyHubs, a Minneapolis-based management software and consulting firm, which specializes in helping organizations realize their potential by uncovering and tapping the hidden organization – the informal network of relationships that exist between employees.

Kevin Carroll, author, speaker and agent for social change (a.k.a. the Katalyst), it is Kevin’s “job” to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals – from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren – to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth.

Chris Proulx, President and CEO of eCornell, will share the lessons he has learned about staff development and cultivating excellence while growing the eCornell business into the award-winning online professional development leader in the industry. As the incoming CEO of LINGOs, Chris will explain how any organization can leverage technology and content to improve organizational performance.

In addition to the leaders above, there will be concurrent sessions on blended learning, implementing partner engagement, mentoring and coaching and several opportunities to meet with people from other organizations coping with the same resource-constrained staff development challenges face by (your organization name here).

Finally, with the launch of the new LINGOs Learning Platform (LLP) this year, there will be an opportunity for your staff to see how the early adopters are using the LLP to engage the power of social networking and peer-to-peer learning in a two-day event prior to the LINGOs meeting.

I know resources are limited so investments in staff development must be made very wisely. I assure you this event will do more to enhance the capacity of (insert name/s here) than any alternative available. We hope to see (organization) take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Eric Berg

Co-Founder and CEO, LINGOs

 

For more information, visit the LINGOs Tenth Anniversary Meeting Page

Learning in NGOs – LINGOs 2014 Member Meeting

2014-04 New Membership Logo - CLEAR 669x200Each year, for the past decade, LINGOs has convened a meeting of its members, to share learning, ideas, approaches, lessons and challenges about learning in NGOs.  This year, our guest speakers Kevin Carroll and Vikas Narula will catalyze new ideas and approaches for strengthening engagement building communities and networks of learning.

Members come from organizations large and small, from faith-based and secular NGOs, from organizations dedicated to humanitarian relief, international development, health, conservation and social justice. What they have in common (apart from membership in LINGOs) is a desire to strengthen the skills of their staff around the world, using appropriate, affordable, accessible learning approaches – most often involving technology to bridge the distances, so that their colleagues can do their good work… better.

This November, Mercy Corps, a founding member of LINGOs will host the LINGOs Tenth Anniversary Member Meeting. LINGOs Members can take advantage of being in Portland with a two-day pre-meeting training workshop on the LINGOs Learning Platform – a great opportunity for individuals responsible for designing, deploying and/or managing their organization’s Learning Platform. Space is limited for this pre-meeting event – so sign up now!

In addition to the two-day meeting, we’ll celebrate our tenth year at a gala reception with our founders, board and partners.

Why attend the Member Meeting?

Why attend the Member Meeting? Let us explain, in a word (or Acrostic):

Learn new skills and tools

LINGOs is introducing the state of the art LINGOs Learning Platform in coming months, and the member meeting and pre-meeting training workshop are the best opportunities to learn about the powerful capabilities of the platform and how to use them to greatest effect in your organization. Some of the new features include online community groups, resource wikis, online help, learning paths, multiple catalogs and a multitude of reporting options. If you want to be prepared to lay the groundwork for rolling out the LLP, you should attend the meeting. If you are in the early adopter group, or planning to deploy the LLP in early 2015, make plans to participate in the two-day pre-meeting training event.

Inspire yourself and your organization

LINGOs 2014 Keynoter Kevin Carroll, author, speaker and agent for social change inspires organizations, businesses and individuals to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth. Gain inspiration, catalyze your learning and strengthen learning in your NGO.

Network with Global NGO Learning Professionals

Do you work alone or in a small team? For many NGOs, providing learning and capacity building for global staff is a one man or one woman show. The LINGOs Member Meeting is your network — build a global team to help you throughout the year.  Like a priceless piece of art, or the cost of finding that unique part that makes your machine run, it’s hard to calculate the value of networking among a community of peers. The annual LINGOs Member Meeting is THE networking opportunity for those interested in strengthening Learning in international NGOs.

Get energized about organizational learning and the LLP

Excited about launching a new platform? The two-day pre-meeting training workshop, and many sessions at the Member Meeting will energize you and your colleagues about the potential to really leverage learning resources globally across your organization – to help your staff around the world access learning they need to achieve your mission.  

Open your learning to new approaches

Each year, members who participate in the LINGOs Member Meeting tell us that the time spent at the meeting is the most valuable learning they’ve engaged in all year. They open up a wealth of new ideas and approaches they can use when they get back – some immediately and others that can be adapted and put in place in coming months.

Social

Learning is social! Make connections, form collaborative relationships, get more involved with LINGOs (the full team, including Project Services, Last Mile Learning and our full staff). You can immediately put into practice what keynoter Vikas Narula has to say about informal networks! We’ve built in networking opportunities and plenty of structured interactions to help catalyze your learning and build synergy among members. We’re planning another “Speed Dating” session where quickly and informally share innovative programs, as well as an informal gathering (wine tasting) the night before the member meeting and a gala event to celebrate our tenth year!

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 Want more info?

View the LINGOs 2014 Member Meeting webpage

Read about the  meetings from 2013  and 2012 or contact Membership Director Marian Abernathy for more info.

 

 

Insights to Better Connecting a Growing Team

Guest Post by Kris Ritter, InsideNGO HR Manager

InsideNGO is a membership association dedicated to strengthening operations staff and fostering leadership in the international NGO sector. InsideNGO is a supporting member of LINGOs.

Using Learning From The Insights Discovery Program

To meet significant growth in its membership and the range of benefits and international services it provides, InsideNGO has increased its staff from five to twenty-five in just over five years.  With the addition of the new staff, it quickly became clear that the less formal management style of InsideNGO was no longer effective.  After efforts to clarify position descriptions and reporting lines, we realized that there was an element missing:  an understanding of management and interaction styles, which are essential in any organization, but especially important in a smaller, growing one.

We leveraged our LINGOs member benefit to the Insights Discovery Profiles

Insights: “…released capacity we didn’t know we had”

Looking for a means to drive individual self-awareness, better communications and organizational development, InsideNGO launched the initiative to have each staff member complete the Insights Discovery profile to incorporate as the major focus of the all-Staff Retreat in December 2013.   We used the individual assessments, online learning available to us as part of InsideNGO’s supporting membership in LINGOs, as well as in-person exercises. As we implemented the Insights Discovery program, a new language, culture (and humor) began to emerge across InsideNGO,  leading to major benefits of a more effective teaming and partnering style across the organization. “Insights unlocked the “software” that allows our hardware (i.e., role/job descriptions) and wiring (i.e., reporting lines) to work even more effectively and release capacity we did not know we had,” observed Tom Dente, InsideNGO Chief Operating Officer.

Insights-InsideNGO

A more effective team means more creativity and innovation as InsideNGO looks to meet the changing needs of its more than 300 members working around the world.

Learn More

InsideNGO Annual Conference: Insights’ Don Johnson will be speaking at the InsideNGO 2014 Annual Conference “Sustaining Excellence in a Changing World.”

LINGOs Member Benefit: Many InsideNGO member organizations are also members of LINGOs (Learning in NGOs). Click to see a list of LINGOs Members. Among the benefits in the LINGOs Membership Toolbox are facilitation tools including Insights Discovery Profiles.

Insights – LINGOs partnership strengthens individuals and teams for global development

 

 

 

 

LINGOs: A new look, a new site

10-years ago LINGOs began as a consortium of international NGOs working to reduce poverty and alleviate suffering in the developing world.  LINGOs members joined together to share ideas and participate in world-class learning opportunities provided by individuals volunteers, corporations and learning institutions.  By leveraging the exceptional products and services that have been either donated  or provided at significantly reduced costs to our members, LINGOs has been able to help those doing good….do it better.

Over the past few years LINGOs has expanded its offerings to members and other NGOs through Project Services and Last Mile Learning.  Both of these program units are rapidly gaining momentum as the demand for their trainings, courses and services increase.

Today, LINGOs is so much more than what we started with back in 2004.  We have – and continue to – evolve to reach more and more relief and development organizations and volunteers even in the most remote areas of the world.

This year as we celebrate our 10-year anniversary we are launching new initiatives for our organization, our members and our community.  Included in these initiatives is new branding for LINGOs and its three program units together with the introduction of new websites.

Logos & Websites

We started with one logo: LINGOs.  The familiar star burst logo, with its arm stretching across the world encompassed our entire organization.  Today, we officially introduce the new LINGOs logo together with the logos for our three program units.

The LINGOs website has served us well over the years – and today we are very excited to launch our new site(s) with an updated look and feel; easy navigation, and add user-friendly tools.

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The LINGOs logo has maintained the same look and feel of our original logo, but we’ve updated the colors and added a new tag line.  Our updated website now reflects the more comprehensive programming LINGOs offers. You will find the updated LINGOs landing page at the same address:  http://www.lingos.org.  This site has an “updates” section, where you can read news from LINGOs, including the recent announcement of Chris Proulx as our next CEO.   From the LINGOs.Org website you can access the  three program area websites or you may visit them individually.

2014-04 New Membership Logo - CLEAR 669x200Membership’s logo represents community coming together to build capacity, knowledge and skill.  The new membership site, http://www.membership.lingos.org is the outward facing site for membership. This is a helpful site for those interested in learning more about the LINGOs membership consortium. For now, Members can find detailed information about member benefits and resources on the long serving member Sharepoint site http://ngolearning.org.

2014-04 New Project Services Logo - CLEAR 774x200Project Services logo represents LINGOs helping development professionals work together more effectively in the management of projects.  http://www.projectservices.lingos.org. This new site highlights the many resources our team offers for organizations seeking to build capacity to deliver their projects and programs better. The site includes communities of learning and links to open and closed project management courses.

2014-04 New Last Mile Learning - CLEAR 780x200Last Mile Learning’s logo, which debuted with the launch of the Last Mile Learning site a year ago continues to accurately represent its objective to bring learning to the people on the ground in the most remote and hard to reach areas of the world.  http://www.lastmilelearning.org.
All four logos will be utilized in our communications so you can readily identify its origin.

2014 is turning out to be a banner year for LINGOs and we invite you to keep an eye out for more exciting news as the year progresses!