Resiliency+ Roundup July II

  July 27, 2020

To weather uncertainty and change, civil society organizations need to cultivate resiliency in their systems, staff, and strategies.

PartnersGlobal’s Resiliency+ Framework helps civil society organizations identify the external threats and internal vulnerabilities impeding them from implementing resilient operations and offers strategies, tactics, and tools to build resiliency around 7 key factors.

Check out what we’ve been reading recently, organized by our R+ factors.

Adaptive Capacity

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies explores what happens when peacebuilders go “online” in this self-reflective piece of key lessons and principles for carrying forward their work, beyond the current climate of COVID19 restrictions. And don’t miss their podcast series on Civil Society Future and Innovations.

In Digital Transformation: What It Means for Your Nonprofit and How to Get Started, Cameron Jones of TechSoup shares their recent thinking about “digital transformation,” a process that happens through a series of mini-transformations in the different areas of an organization’s technology capacity as part of the adaptation of NGOs in the new reality.

Business Acumen

This episode of The Disruptive Voice Podcast from the Harvard Business School features Scott D. Anthony, Managing Director at Innosight who talks about his forthcoming book, “Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside Your Organization.”


The Visibility Network explores the theory of weak ties as it relates to thinking strategically about the ties we create and cultivate to build more diverse and therefore helpful networks and collaborations in this blog post. And they offer an example of how to translate your network map into action steps in this infographic.

In Not Always Movements: Multiple Approaches to Advance Large-Scale Social Change the ORS Project aims to help funders, evaluators, and other social change agents be crisper and more accurate in how they talk about and understand approaches to advancing large-scale social change.


The Global Standard for CSO Accountability recently held a virtual session on Accountability in Times of COVID-19. Explore the open conversation in which participants discussed current challenges to CSO accountability and innovations within the industry post-pandemic.

Narrative Competency

Check out Storytelling for Good, which connects you to a suite of tools to help you leverage the power of narrative to increase reach, resources and impact for your organization.

In From megaphone to mosaic: five principles for narrative communications, Alice Sachrajda & Thomas Coombes lay out practical steps for civil society groups and charities to apply narrative work and get involved in collective narrative change.

The Narrative Initiative discusses their framework Waves in this piece, a new model that seeks to unpack the complex relationship between values, narratives and stories.

Resiliency Ethos 

In 3 takes on dealing with uncertainty, Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Juan Siliezarn share insights from three Harvard professors into how uncertainty is viewed in their fields, and the surprising ways in which it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Situational Awareness

Rowan Conway posits that we might be entering into an era of long emergencies in What Does Systems Change Mean in 2020 and argues, “It may be better to build capacity to think holistically and seek to understand the intersectional nature of the systems that we seek to change.”

The Monitor Institute by Deloitte interviewed over 75 social sector leaders during April and May 2020 to understand what the future might hold for philanthropic funders and operating nonprofits. Here is the report, An event or an era? Resources for social sector decision-making in the context of COVID-19, with its findings and analysis.