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Blog about learning/change, facilitation, systems: small groups and large scale processes, and poverty/power/progress.

Russell Lewis
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Russell Lewis is the Managing Director of Rusden Management Services, a privately owned company providing a range of management, planning, training and capacity building services to business, government and not for profit organizations. He is a Public Administration and Management expert with the Australian Civilian Corps and is a mentor with the University of Southern Queensland. In a world of increasing specialization, Russell is a generalist and has worked in Libya, Saudi Arabia, Laos, China and Papua New Guinea. He is passionate about improving the lives of others through effective sustainable capacity building. “My job is to do myself out of a job!"


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Capacity Building and Change Management

Imagine this: you are working in your office and the boss comes in with a stranger, someone who is obviously not from your country or culture and says “This is Some Unusual Name and he/she is going to teach you how to do your job.  Make sure you do as you’re told.”  How would you feel?

Sound familiar?   I’ll bet it does – because if you’re in international development, chances are that has happened - except that you were the stranger from another country with the unusual…


Posted on October 31, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Output –v- Outcome

The term “outcome” is probably the most misunderstood term in the International Development field.  Either that or it becomes the most misused term in international development and I would prefer to think it is the former rather than the latter, because the latter would imply an intent that serves no-one at all.

Mind you, the ID field is not alone when it comes to misunderstanding the term outcome.  To put it simply – if you produce something, that is an output.  An outcome occurs as…


Posted on September 26, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Learning the how is not enough

I first posted this at The Broker Online - but felt that it was suitable for this site as well.


As international development practitioners and organisations, we should be more insistent on incorporating more underlying essential skills development that enables effective institutional development, sustainable capacity building, widespread community involvement and improved human wellbeing.

Are our capacity building models adequate for the task of improving human…


Posted on September 25, 2011 at 9:04 — 1 Comment

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At 9:13 on September 23, 2011, Lucia Nass said…

Hi Russel,


Looking forward to seeing you here.


Best wishes,


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