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Aydin Shahidi
April 24, 2023

Sensemaking as a Tool for Deepening Organizational Learning

Leveraging the power of collective sensemaking can amplify the impact of learning efforts and help organizations practice adaptive management more effectively. This, in turn, enables organizations to proactively manage risks and seize emerging opportunities for scaling impact.
Aydin Shahidi
November 18, 2022

Leveraging A Learning Approach to Address Complex Problems More Effectively

Throughout OEF’s journey, we have learned a few organizational heuristics that are key for embracing the characteristics of complexity while maintaining operational effectiveness and maximizing the opportunity for impact. We believe that one of the core competencies organizations can leverage in suc...
September 02, 2022

"Combatting the Psychology of Bias:" OEF's Conor Seyle in SSIR

How can social impact organizations do a better job of creating environments that encourage risk reduction behavior in ways that authentically meet our social needs? OEF's Conor Seyle explores how our brains undermine long-term thinking, and what social impact organizations can do about it in thi...
February 18, 2022

OEF's Approach to Incubation

Our core organizational strategy and values require us to take seriously the idea that our goal is to catalyze systems that are sustainable, that are scalable and—most importantly—that actually address problems underlying conflict. So we’ve developed a theory of incubation, based on iteration and sc...
Jon Bellish
September 14, 2021

Blurring the Lines of Separation; Localizing Ourselves for Peace

The recent presence of military coups covered in the news may lead people to believe that coups are more prevalent in 2021 than they have been in recent years, however, this perception may warrant further questions pertaining to what qualifies an event as a coup, and how loosely should the term be u...
September 01, 2021

Military Coups in 2021

The recent presence of military coups covered in the news may lead people to believe that coups are more prevalent in 2021 than they have been in recent years, however, this perception may warrant further questions pertaining to what qualifies an event as a coup, and how loosely should the term be u...
July 09, 2021

Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion

June is Pride Month and in the U.S. we also commemorate “Juneteenth” on June 19th, the marking of the end of slavery in the U.S. Already widely recognized, we applaud the U.S. House of Reps for recently voting overwhelmingly to formalize Juneteenth as a national federal holiday. OEF wants to extend ...
June 17, 2021

Peace Field Peers Agree: Evidence-Based Practice Is Key

OEF and Alliance for Peacebuilding released a report last month detailing the findings of a survey of professional peacebuilders on their ideas about evidence-based practice in peacebuilding. The results suggest that despite the debate, the field has a pretty developed understanding of what evidence...
May 14, 2021

Using Coordination as a Key to Peacebuilding

The challenges of peacebuilding involve maximizing the contribution of multiple technical experts in an often quickly changing environment, and one where participants may not always trust all other participants or where they may be concerned about maintaining their individual authority to make decis...
April 20, 2021

How Do We Get to an Earth Without War?

OEF’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Office, Jon Bellish talks about OEF’s commitment to Relentless Empiricism as core to its belief in and support of iterative problem-solving and careful, analytical design. He discusses how OEF relies on evidence to cut through complexities in order to sol...
April 08, 2021

Why Do People Choose to Rebel?

Answering the question of why people rebel is central to understanding civil war. Research shows that civil wars and rebellion are neither driven by ancient hatreds between ethnic groups nor simply by opportunistic greed.