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Principle 3: Transformative Engagement

Evaluation in the SDGs Era: Adapting “Developmental Evaluation” in the Japanese Context

The book “Evaluation in the SDGs era: A dynamics for value extraction and social/individual transformation” (tentative title; written in Japanese) is going to be published from Tsukuba-Shobo in December 2021. Prior to publication, we would like to reconsider about evaluation in the SDGs era with Dr. Michael Patton, who contributed a chapter with a full …

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A Blue Marble Moment

Under a massive and slowly spinning earthen globe in the SSE Hydro in Glasgow Scotland, I joined a meditation circle of 12 people led by two monks from Plum Village Monastery in France. The Monastery, founded by Thich Nhat Han, has become a spiritual lifeline for several of the leaders of CoP26. This makes sense when you consider …

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Establishing a Blue Marble Evaluation Hub in Southern Africa

Are you a development practitioner, academic or donor interested in the design and implementation of programmes that serve people and the planet, that contribute to global programmes while implementing locally? Are you an evaluator working in southern Africa and interested in understanding how interventions are contributing to change in complex and dynamic contexts and keen …

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Evaluation in the SDGs Era – SDGs時代の評価: 価値を引き出し、変容を促す営み (SDGs時代のESDと社会的レジリエンス研究叢書 5) 

By 米原 あき (著, 編集), 佐藤 真久 (著, 編集), 長尾 眞文 (著, 編集) 本書では、「SDGs時代の評価─価値を引き出し、変容を促す営み」と題して、筆者らのミクロ実践からマクロ政策までの幅広い知見のもとで、SDGs時代の評価に関わる考察が行われてきた。各章のキーワードは、『SDGs時代における評価概念のシフト』、『評価における社会変容と個人変容の連動』、『国際協力の協働パートナーシップ』、『通域的な学び』、『発展的評価』、『ブルーマーブル評価』であった。そして、これらの論考には、価値をめぐる協働と学びの取り組みがあり、価値の問い直し、価値の意味づけ、価値の共創の取り組みへの主体的なコミットメントが見られる。 Book available on Amazon Year 2022 Principle 1: Global Thinking, Principle 3: Transformative Engagement, Principle 6: GLOCAL

Buddhist and Taoist Systems Thinking and Blue Marble Evaluation: Exploring the Synergies for Systems Transformation

In the context of the Anthropocene, organizations today struggle in finding a balance between maximizing profits and generating value for their stakeholders, the environment and the society at large. Josep M. Coll’s new book Buddhist and Taoist Systems Thinking: the natural path to sustainable transformation (Routledge) explores a radical new conception of business and management. It is …

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CECAN Webinar: The Practice of Blue Marble Evaluation

The great acceleration of human activities over the past 10, 50, 100 years has changed the very nature of life support for all species who live together on this big “blue marble” we call planet Earth. As we navigate into the Anthropocene, with system-wide turbulence emerging all around us, we recognize the dire need for …

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A Clarion Call for Food Systems Transformation

As part of preparation and building momentum for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit more than 900 Independent Dialogues have taken place around the world. These Summit Dialogues aim to offer a seat at the table to all interested stakeholders, giving them an opportunity to debate, collaborate, and provide input into deliberations on the future of food. Conveners of …

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An elusive BME ideal: Harmonizing South/North interests, worldviews and frameworks

Description: World-savvy, glocally-orientated evaluators have to be adept at working across all sorts of silos and boundaries. Over the past 3-4 decades, North-South cooperation in the ‘aid’ or philanthropy sectors has been an important focus for evaluation; much less so South-South, North-North or triangular cooperation. Despite some recent shifts, significant differences remain between the ‘Global South’ …

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Learning as you go: Becoming part of the solution as a Blue Marble Evaluator navigating the pandemic

What are we learning in this pandemic? We are seeing that individuals matter: individual actions have reverberating consequences. We are also seeing that systems matter: how systems act to address the pandemic and protect peoples have dire consequences for the individuals that live in society and for the rest of us around the blue marble. Various levels of governments …

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The 2021 World Food Systems Summit & BME

In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit aims to support transformation of the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. It aims to be inclusive by bringing together scientists, policy makers, business leaders, farmers, indigenous people, …

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