"Imagine that you\'re trying to improve production in a village wood lot. In addition to foresters, you might have a social anthropologist and — since men and women have different interests in the wood lot — socio-economic and gender specialists on your team." -Tim Dottridge, Director of IDRC\'s Special Initiatives Division [link]
A primary goal for Globalhood is to prove through our work that collaborating holistically across perspectives and professions results in improved achievements towards addressing local and global development challenges, and is therefore necessary in order to implement ethical, sustainable, and effective initiatives for traditionally marginalized populations. Globalhood researchers are actively committed to put forward lessons learnt from past development shortcomings, to assist NGOs and Non-Profits, Universities, the Private Sector, Governments, and Globalhood itself, in achieving success stories.
The Globalhood Research team is composed of two parts:
Multidisciplinary Researchers: Each is assigned to explore a specific discipline that they have prior experience and training in, and demonstrate the relationship between that discipline and development work, and how the knowledge, experience, and practice from within that field can be actively applied to bring about more sustainable and effective development work. These disciplines may include, but are not limited to: Philosophy, Art, Religion, Psychology, Sports, or Music. Researchers will look at what these disciplines have brought to the field of development in the past, and will make recommendations for future interactions and interconnectivity.
Researchers on Multidisciplinarity and Participatory Collaboration: Each will analyze and compile existing research, and outreach to diverse experts, think tanks, and research focused organizations. They will seek to demonstrate the usefulness of collaboration—across diverse disciplines, professions, sectors, cultures, and between development practitioners and their intended beneficiary populations, towards a common goal of addressing global development challenges. They will assess past failed development projects, and highlight successful instances of collaborative work resulting in good sustainable outcomes. They will also investigate when and under what circumstances multidisciplinarity is most appropriate.
Errors in development are so common and so ongoing as to be normal. Some are accepted and lead to quick learning; others are embedded and sustained. Past errors are evident in many domains, including: miscalculated economic macro-policies, cultural misconceptions, and environmental mismanagement, among many others. Those who work in development, be it local or international, need to adequately understand the ways in which some past development work has not been ethical, sustainable, and effective, because of inadequate sharing of knowledge, best practices, and resources across disciplines. The objective of the research team is to bring about new understanding, through a combination of diverse social and natural science skill sets, to make practical recommendations for addressing the challenges faced by local populations, without compromising the goals of future generations.