Share Your Mistakes – Who’s Game?

I’d love to run a series on biggest mistakes – who’s brave enough to share? The best way to learn it seems to me is often to fail and then take away from the situation some real knowledge on improvement. So here’s my challenge to you all: Share a mistake, a blunder and what you learned from it in the comments section.

If we want to improve the industry we have to start be admitting our faults and learning from them.

My bet? PEPY and Geovisions will be among the first to share.

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6 thoughts on “Share Your Mistakes – Who’s Game?

  1. Ha! Is that just because my blog is “Lessons I Learned” or because you think we make a lot of mistakes ;-)

    Mistakes: God, tons indeed. Taking our trips to orphanages the first few years. Taking our trips to the garbage dump the first few years.

    Mistakes we are still making: Not always taking the time to get enough buy-in/prep time for our community partners when we bring people to meet them. When we fail to make that time, it becomes much less of an “exchange”, which is what we are aiming for.

    More later, but I have an Ashley to find: http://lessonsilearned.org/2010/07/searching-for-ashley/

  2. Ha!

    Is that because my blog is called “Lessons I Learned” or because we make a lot of mistakes? ;-)

    Mistakes: Oh so many, indeed. Taking travelers to orphanages the first few years. Taking travelers to the garbage dump the first few years.

    Mistakes we are still making: Sometimes not taking enough time to get buy-in from the people and partners we work with on our trips. When we fail to invest time in the planning stages, we offer less of an “exchange”, which is what we are going for.

    I have a lot more mistakes, but for the time being I have to go search for Ashley: http://lessonsilearned.org/2010/07/searching-for-ashley/

  3. Daniela from PEPY just sent this through, Randy she beat you =)

    Mistakes: Oh so many, indeed. Taking travelers to orphanages the first few years. Taking travelers to the garbage dump the first few years.

    Mistakes we are still making: Sometimes not taking enough time to get buy-in from the people and partners we work with on our trips. When we fail to invest time in the planning stages, we offer less of an “exchange”, which is what we are going for.

    I have a lot more mistakes, but for the time being I have to go search for Ashley: http://lessonsilearned.org/2010/07/searching-for-ashley/

  4. Well, I’m new to the game so very much learning with each project and experience. We just embarked on our first community development project by building a primary school in rural Nepal this past May and June. My biggest mistake was taking volunteers into a rural environment without properly trained medical staff. Luckily, it wasn’t necessary but it was a HUGE learning experience for me and a mistake I won’t make again.

  5. Just like Daniela – so many and we still seem to be making them all too often!
    We make mistakes assuming knowledge levels with volunteers and communities( sometimes too high sometimes too low). We overloaded potential volunteers with loads of info too soon ( I think our website is still way too wordy!)
    In the early days we didn’t have a donation structure to help the incredibly generous volunteers who wanted to fundraise on their return home.That lead to a lot of “stuff”, not neccessarily useful – being purchased and shipped at huge expense without our knowledge….the vaccuum cleaners spring to mind!
    And consultation with local communities – yep that’s real important – mind you our local partners kick us if we look as if we are getting that one wrong.
    Final thought – is Randy perhaps on holiday or travelling?

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