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Breaking the rules: Quality Audit redefined

Dec 16

Breaking the rules: Quality Audit redefined
In 2012, we received an invitation by Oxfam Novib – the NGO that works on a more just world without poverty – to support them in developing a new method for running quality reviews of the work done by country teams in the Global South....

Saying goodbye to the US

Oct 27

Saying goodbye to the US
All of a sudden it was our last day in the US. We have been living in a kind of vacuum the past week, without a clear sense of time or the world outside of our small ‘Study Tour Universe’. Bringing all the...

Getting used to the rhythm of Austin

Oct 24

Getting used to the rhythm of Austin
We are settling down in Austin (Texas). We continue our study tour from the lovely and big two-bathroom house in Holly Street. Tacos for breakfast Austin is totally different from New York in a number of ways. We only noticed how much...

Connection… with or without coffee

Oct 23

Connection… with or without coffee
Our last day in New York it was pouring rain. We saw Manhattan at its greyest, however, still maintaining its charm. Mara and Suzanne, our running explorers, brought back coffee and our first time great donuts (that actually took us three failed tries of sorts...

Walking, clapping, eating and talking our way out in NYC

Oct 22

Walking, clapping, eating and talking our way out in NYC
Another day filled with appointments. Some of us stayed in Manhattan, others went to Connecticut. The combination of sunshine and lovely meetings gave us lots of energy – but what else is new?! Collaborative closure clap Lieve, Joeri and Suzanne took...

American soil, different views

Oct 21

American soil, different views
Our first working day in The City That Never Sleeps was varied and full of ideas. There were too many appointments to stay together with our group of six so we split up. In the morning Marloes, Mara and Suzanne had an appointment at the...

Adjusting to the atmosphere: from elevator entrance to hidden reward systems

Oct 20

Adjusting to the atmosphere: from elevator entrance to hidden reward systems
Yes! We are in New York City! As New York first (or second or third)-timers we need some time to adjust to the city. So we took the weekend to explore the city, find our way in (and out) our neighbourhood, learn how transportation works,...

Studying organizational conversation

Oct 15

Studying organizational conversation
It all started in my (Suzanne) living room in Amsterdam. I think it was in January earlier this year. Mara, Joeri and me we were having a coffee, and we shared what was on our minds and what we are concerned with in our work....
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