January 2021

Lessons about evaluating responses to the pandemic: Insights from the World Food Program Developmental Evaluation

Blue Marble Evaluation Context The first overarching Blue Marble Evaluation principle is the Global Thinking Principle: Apply whole-Earth big-picture thinking to all aspects of systems change. The World Food Programme (WFP) epitomizes that principle.  The pandemic, as a global challenge, requires Global Thinking. In evaluating WFP’s response to the pandemic, global thinking is critical. Working … Read more

Transforming the Financial Sector With an Eye to Blue Marble Evaluation

This webinar has concluded.  Click here to access the webinar recording. Presenters: Steve Lydenberg, William Burckart & Mirtha Kastrapeli Hosted by Glenn Page This webinar will explore the work of TIIP and their vision for engaging Blue Marble Evaluators to help transform the financial sector – with an eye to Large Asset Ownership. TIIP was founded in 2015 by Steve Lydenberg—co-founder of the first … Read more

Blue Marble Evaluation: Year in Review

In this last webinar of 2020, Michael, Glenn and Pablo look back at the year 2020 and reflect on what we have learned about Blue Marble Evaluation’s application in this rapidly changing world. Click here to watch a recording of this webinar. Principle 1: Global Thinking, Principle 2: Anthropocene as Context, Principle 10: Bricolage Methods

Blue Marble Evaluation Book Club

Have you started reading Michael’s new book, Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles yet? If not, this is great motivation to read it alongside other fellow BME members! If so, perhaps you have questions and thoughts you’d like to share with Michael and others? In either case, we invite you to join the BME Book club, which kicks off … Read more

Special Blue Marble Book Club Webinar – Transformation: What It Means, Why It Matters

The Blue Marble Evaluation book club sponsored a special webinar on Chapter 3 of the book, which focuses on the Transformation Engagement Principle.  In this webinar, distinguished philosopher Elizabeth Minnich joined Michael Quinn Patton for a dialogue about the nature and meaning of transformation. She is the author of Transforming Knowledge.  She and Michael co-edited a book last year entitled THOUGHT WORK: … Read more

Bioregioning: Ancient wisdom that has come of age

Click here to watch a recording of this webinar. Presenters: Isabel Carlisle & Eduard Mueller Hosted by Glenn Page & Michael Quinn Patton Future resilience of our communities across the globe is a whole-systems challenge in the face of whole systems change (climate change being one of those lead systems). This webinar focused on two scales of transformation, … Read more

A Guest Post from Elena Bonometti following our Conversation with Tostan

Founded in 1991, Tostan is best known for its outstanding contributions to the movement for the abandonment of female genital cutting and child marriage in Africa. Tostan is widely recognized as a leader in building community well-being grounded in human rights. Tostan realizes its mission of empowering African communities to bring about sustainable development and … Read more

Igniting and Sustaining Community-led Transformation: Tostan’s Proven Approach

This webinar is now complete. Please click here to access a recording. Ms. Bonometti has also written a follow-up blog post answering some of the questions posed during this webinar. Click here to read that post. For this webinar, we will be joined by Tostan CEO Elena Bonometti to learn how a grassroots, human-rights based nonformal education program has sparked deeply transformational social … Read more

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UNDRIP is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of indigenous peoples.