A Flipped Global Approach – Why Location Matters

For too long in the social sector, ideas have flowed from advanced economies to the rest of the world. And yet, there is probably more that emerging economies can learn from each other than they can learn from richer countries. I strongly believe in the importance of collaboration across the developing world.

What I also believe is that we can all learn a ton about social innovation from emerging markets. Having worked for the last five years with Amani Institute’s Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Social Innovation Management in cities like Nairobi and Sao Paulo I am convinced that we need to not only change our maps but start taking world-class education to where the world is changing most rapidly.

And while the majority of our Fellows come from the global South I feel that more professionals from the North would benefit of getting a new perspective, learn to navigate different cultures and understand first-hand about how our most pressing challenges are all global in nature. That’s why I love Amani’s ‘Flipped Global Approach‘ to the world. 

Having a network that spans the globe is a highly desired asset for anyone – but deeply understanding divergent perspectives on our world and finding inspiration in unlikely settings is what I see as the real value add for professionals who want to build a better world.


If you are curious about the work Amani Institute is doing to develop professionals who create social impact please feel free to get directly in touch with me. I’m passionate about connecting ideas, people and initiatives: geraldinehepp@amaniinstitute.org

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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