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Case studies

Friday
Sep152017

Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine | 1992 - 1994


Publisher: Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine

Location: Toronto, Canada

Editor and Writer: David South

I worked as Editor and Writer for the newsletter of the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine (under the direction of the Editor-in-Chief and Hannah Executive Director Dr. J.T. H. Connor) in the early 1990s. Located close to the University of Toronto and within a neighbourhood claiming a long association with medical and scientific discovery (Sir Frederick Banting, co-developer of insulin for the treatment of diabetes, lived at 46 Bedford Road,), the goal was to better connect Canada’s medical history community of scholars and raise the profile of the funding resources available to further the study of medical history in Canada.

I also revamped the application process for awards, scholarships and grants to make them user-friendly and compatible with word processing software packages of the time. 

I also worked as an investigative journalist and medical reporter. Some health and medical stories I wrote at the time are below: 

Taking Medicine to the People: Four Innovators in Community Health

Take Two Big Doses of Humanity and Call Me in the Morning

The Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine was located at 14 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, steps away from the University of Toronto campus.


© David South Consulting 2017

Tuesday
Sep122017

Vision + Strategy | 1991 - 2014


From experience, the importance of crafting a vision prior to the execution of a strategy is key to success and inspiring others. If done well, the vision can do much of the work for you. An inspiring vision will bring others on board, aligning them to your strategy. Some examples of vision leading to strategic success can be found in the following Case Studies from David South Consulting: 

Crisis Recovery

Case Study 4: UN + UNDP Mongolia | 1997 - 1999

Case Study 7: UNOSSC + UNDP | 2007 - 2016

Digital Transformation

Global Transformation

Media Start-up


 

© David South Consulting 2017
Tuesday
Sep122017

Memoranda of Understanding and Negotiator | 1997 - 2014

 


Astute negotiation skills have been required to see through complex, multi-partner projects, or to see through difficult transitions (in particular digital). While working for the United Nations in Mongolia (1997-1999), I led negotiations on three Memoranda of Understanding with the Government of Mongolia: Youth, Food Security and Nutrition and Human Rights (Blue Sky Bulletin).

As head of the UNDP Mongolia Communications Office (1997-1999), I was at the centre of a fast-expanding UN mission in the midst of a major crisis (called "one of the biggest peacetime economic collapses ever", Mongolia's Economic Reforms: Background, Content and Prospects, Richard Pomfret, University of Adelaide, 1994). Everything we did required solid negotiation skills that were sensitive to the culture and understood how to get things done in that context. People were under a great deal of pressure and the times were characterized as “volatile ones for Mongolia, with revolving door governments, the assassination of a minister, emerging corruption, a banking scandal, in-fighting within the ruling Democratic Coalition, frequent paralysis within the Parliament, and disputes over the Constitution. Economically, the period was unstable and rife with controversies." Mongolia in 1998 and 1999: Past, Present, and Future at the New Millennium by Sheldon R. Severinghaus, Asian Survey, Vol. 40, No. 1, A Survey of Asia in 1999 (Jan. - Feb., 2000). pp. 130-139 (Publisher: University of California). 

Award-winning, this work was called a “role model” for the wider UN and country offices.

While heading a multi-institutional major project for the UK’s National Health Service (2001-2003) under the Modernisation Plan, I had to daily negotiate with colleagues and staff across professions, institutions and with senior managers and executives. Introducing new ways of doing things requires a fineness of touch and a strategic mind to see how small steps eventually achieve goals. Award-winning, this work was called one of the “three most admired websites in the UK public and voluntary sectors”, and a UK Government assessment called the overall GOSH Child Health Web Portal a role model for the NHS.

Since 2007, I have been working on media products for the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). This has required contacting and networking with people across the global South. The goal was to raise the profile of South-South cooperation in the UN system and the profile of the growing numbers of innovators across the global South resulting from the rapid expansion of mobile and information technologies, and in turn transform the UN’s strategic and funding priorities. This was successful and acknowledged in the Strategic Plan for UNDP 2014-2017 and its first UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017

© David South Consulting 2017

Wednesday
Aug232017

GOSH Child Health Portal Graphic Design | 2001 - 2003

 

Publisher: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH)/Institute of Child Health (ICH)

Location: London, UK

Project Manager: David South

Charity Content Coordinator: Ramita Navai


The brochure launching the GOSH Child Health Web Portal in September 2001.

Screen grabs from the first phase of development of the GOSH Child Health Portal.
A poster used in Phase 1 to launch the GOSH Child Health Portal.

An illustration from the child-friendly resources welcoming children to the hospital.

An illustration from the child-friendly resources welcoming children to the hospital.

Each phase was communicated in the hospital's staff newsletter, Roundabout.

Screen grabs from the third phase of the project. It included many new microsites and the re-design and re-launching of the GOSH Charity web portal in 2003.

There is no better way to show the transformation than this image.

 

Business card for the GOSH Child Health Web Portal Project. 

© David South Consulting 2017

 

Monday
Aug142017

UNDP Mongolia Handbooks and Books | 1997 - 1999

 


Publisher: UNDP Mongolia Communications Office

UNDP Mongolia Communications Coordinator: David South

Environmental Public Awareness Handbook: Case Studies and Lessons Learned in Mongolia by Robert Ferguson.

Environmental Public Awareness Handbook: Case Studies and Lessons Learned in Mongolia by Robert Ferguson.

Mongolian Green Book by Robert Ferguson et al.

Mongolian Green Book by Robert Ferguson et al.

Mongolian Rock and Pop Book: Mongolia Sings its Own Song by Peter Marsh.

Mongolian Rock and Pop Book: Mongolia Sings its Own Song by Peter Marsh.

Pop music helps fuel Mongolia's market economy by Oyuntungalag.

As cited in the book Collaborative Nationalism: The Politics of Friendship on China's Mongolian Frontier by Uradyn E. Bulag (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010).

Mongolia Update 1998 by David South and G. Enkhtungalug.

Other

Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless (ECW Press, 2000) is one of many books featuring content and resources resulting from the two-year publishing programme of the UNDP Mongolia Communications Office (1997-1999). 

Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless.

Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless.

A review of Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia in the journal Mongolian Studies (2002) by Alicia J. Campi.

In their own words: Selected writings by journalists on Mongolia, 1997-1999 by David South and Julie Schneiderman.

© David South Consulting 2017