Seeking Research Partners for Transformative Consumer Research Project

University of Oregon Assistant Professor of Marketing Aparna Sundar is seeking non-profit organizations to partner with her on a Transformative Consumer Research project. This opportunity is best for an organization seeking to advocate for a social policy change. The ultimate goal of the project is to influence change through dissemination of knowledge in areas that influence consumers or citizens at large.

From Dr. Sundar –  Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) upholds an academic mission for consumer research that can benefit society at large. With the goal of advancing knowledge regarding policy or helping out communities, I am seeking collaboration with a non-profit company, looking to solve a social issue. This issue can be anything related to the non-profit or policy. Using the TCR channel, which enables researchers to meet and collaborate on research, it is possible to assess if the solutions proposed might be scalable to serve wider audiences. This effort has the ability to examine the process local leaders use to discover and develop innovative solutions that meet the unique needs of their community. The focus is on formulating and publishing a framework that could be useful to others. Lastly, the focus of this effort is as a network mechanism for disseminating knowledge and idea sharing to empower collaboration, cooptation, and customization of creative solutions within other communities large and small, far and near so that collectively we make progress toward important social goals.

To signal your interest, contact Dr. Sundar [email protected]

Seeking participants for a research study on language and leadership in NGOs

Andrew Clark, MBA, BA is the International Operations Director for blueEnergy based in Eugene, OR. In addition to his role in blueEnergy, he is currently preparing to conduct research for his dissertation to complete the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Management and Global Leadership. The purpose of this study is to address how monolingual leaders manage their group status and leadership identity in a multilingual team as expressed through communication challenges. The study will address this through the following research question:

What are the communication challenges faced by monolingual global leaders leading multilingual teams in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)?

The research is exploratory, and will be conducted through surveys and/or interviews. He is looking for practitioners who may be interested in participating in this research. The specific requirements for eligibility to participate are:

(1) the primary workplace is located within the state of Oregon in the United States (at least 60% of scheduled work time occurs in Oregon)

(2) the individual is a native-level speaker of English

(3) the individual does not speak another language above the A (basic) level based on the European Framework of Reference for languages

(4) the individual holds a position of leadership in their organization (does not exclude those in non-mangerial roles, merely requires that the individual identify themselves as a leader)

(5) the workplace is a non-governmental organization or nonprofit working internationally

(6) the individual routinely serves in a leadership role within teams which routinely use two or more languages in the execution of their workplace responsibilities.

If this is you, a college in your organization, or someone you may know, you can complete a quick interest form expressing your eligibility and interest. A minimum of 20 participants will be solicited to complete a short survey which will take approximately 30 minutes. The specific day and time will be coordinated to align with an upcoming event at GlobalPDX sometime in the next two months. Some participants may be asked to complete a one hour interview within two weeks of the initial survey. Participants are asked to be willing to commit to both phases of data collection.

Completion of the interest form is neither a commitment to participate in the research, nor a formal invitation to participate. It merely functions as a way for Andrew to get in touch with you and share more information about this research opportunity. The research proposal is still pending final approval, so eligibility criteria is subject to change. No information collected from the interest form will be used in the course of this research, other than to contact interested parties to participate in the research once final IRB approval is attained.

The interest form can be completed at:

Additional questions or comments can be directed to Andrew Clark via email at [email protected]

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announces Five Novel Grand Challenge Calls

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced a call for innovative ideas in five challenges spanning the following areas:

  • malnutrition and food accessibility
  • disease surveillance technologies for crops in low income countries
  • innovations in immunization data management systems
  • data analysis and modeling approaches to create cost-effective solutions for maternal and child health improvement
  •  research on sources of Campylobacter infections and its transmission dynamics to understand its growing threat among children in vulnerable communities.


Learn more about the challenges.

Global Health Council’s message on President Trump’s FY 19 Proposed Budget

We received a message today from the Global Health Council regarding President Trump’s budget proposal and felt it important to share with you.  Granted, their observations are only health related, but we will work to find information about other global funding priorities to share with you.

Here is the full text of the Global Health Council’s message:

President Trump’s FY19 Proposed Budget
On Monday, President Trump released a proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. Similar to last year, the International Affairs Account was cut 30% from FY2017 enacted levels. Global health programs at USAID and the State Department were cut about $2 billion, with proposed cuts in every account. In addition, global health programs at the National Institutes for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were also cut. While the budget narrative discussed the importance of global health, and more broadly development and humanitarian assistance, these proposed cuts do not match the narrative.
A few accounts:
  • Recommended U.S. contributions to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis were cut to $250 million and $925 million respectively.
  • $302 million recommended for Family Planning/Reproductive Health, which is $300 million less or 50% reduction than FY2017 enacted. FP/RH was zeroed out in the FY18 proposed budget. In addition, U.S voluntary contributions to UNFPA did not receive a request.
  • Zeroed out funding for HIV/AIDS programs at USAID in addition to cuts to both PEPFAR and The Global Fund. In an addendum to the budget (see below), an additional $400 million is provided to PEPFAR, bringing it to the same level as the FY2018 proposed budget.
  • A 6% cut for CDC Center for Global Health, however, does include $109 million for CDC Global Public Health Protection, including $59 million for GHSA from unspent Ebola Supplemental Funding.
  • Recommended funding for The Fogarty Center, which was zeroed out in the FY2018 request, is $70 million, a $2 million decrease from FY2017 enacted.
Last year, Congress soundly rejected the President’s budget, and while we are still awaiting final FY2018 funding levels, appropriations committees for the most part maintained level funding for these accounts. Congress holds the power of the purse, and we anticipate they will set their own priorities once again.
The President’s Budget was finalized before Congress passed the Budget deal last week. As a result, non-defense discretionary spending was raised by an additional $300 billion. The White House also released an addendum with instructions on how the additional funding could be spent.
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Celebrating our Members

In February, we’ll be celebrating the first birthday of the GlobalPDX community and would like to commemorate the occasion by celebrating our members’ accomplishments. We want to hear your (both individual and organizational members) 2017 success stories and want to share them with the community.  Use this form to send your stories by January 24.


No success is too big or too small, if it moved the needle significantly for your global work, we want to share it with the world!


GlobalPDX Member Success Stories

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