Finding Hope Amid Conference Attendees for the Future of Humentum


August 04, 2017

Finding Hope Amid Conference Attendees for the Future of Humentum

By Sara Steffan

Communications Specialist Fintrac

Uncertainty is a very good thing: it's the beginning of an investigation, and the investigation should never end.

-Tim Crouch

This year’s InsideNGO conference brought together hundreds of participants from across the globe eager to hear about the recently announced news that InsideNGO, LINGOs, and Mango are merging to form Humentum. With the mission of advancing operational excellence for social good, Humentum is poised to be stronger than ever in providing strategic partnerships with innovative tech companies for eLearning, certifications, and capacity building for all its members. But it’s just that – “poised.” Yet to be determined is what will actually transpire. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

InsideNGO, LINGOs, and Mango each have their areas of specialization. As seen by this year’s conference attendance, each of the organization’s memberships has been engaged and more than willing to share their expertise and listen to others’ insights over a three-day period, including time, travel, and, for many, significant expense to make it all happen. They soaked in every scheduled event, even deviating from the tracks that the conference identified around certain focus areas such as contracts and grants, regulation, and human resources. The attendees welcomed the opportunity from InsideNGO CEO Tom Dente at this year’s Town Hall session to ask questions of the Humentum leadership what, exactly, the merger means for their respective organizations and their memberships. Each former CEO of the three merging organizations took turns answering them, and the questions ran the gamut in topic areas.

Not one conference attendee expressed doubt over the reason behind the merger. Starting with everyone on the same page is a great signal for what’s to come. Despite not knowing the course ahead, buy-in for the merger’s benefits is clear. Now, determining what success looks like will require participation from everyone, and as they displayed this past week, the members are looking forward to providing it.

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