Being part of a community means mutual obligations (and joys)!
If you work in the global development, philanthropy, aid, social enterprise, nonprofit, etc. space, this question can lead to perplexing, frustrating, unwelcome, or liberating reflections. With all of our good intentions and questionable objectivity about ourselves, this is admittedly a tough question to answer. If you say you do “walk the talk,” you’re asking for scrutiny. If you say you don’t, you’re implicitly saying change (gasp!) is needed. My team at IDEX – International Development Exchange has been working with a new consultant recently who asked us, “How does IDEX ‘walk the talk’?” How would your team answer this question? It’s a …
There is beauty in the world. Let’s not forget.
Sharing a list of small NGOs and foundations specializing in direct funding to grassroots leaders, locally-led organizations, and small, often “informal” movements.
Frustrated with organizational politics, policies, or processes? Here’s a selection of how-matters.org posts to let you know you’re not alone.
“They’re all a bunch of neocolonialists anyway.”
An uncomfortable silence fell upon the car.
Sharing an article from NPR’s Goats & Soda blog, “At What Point Does A Fundraising Ad Go Too Far?”
A reflection on the skills I needed to be effective in my job.
“The problem with all these outsiders is that you come in with your money and you don’t warm it up.”
Sharing insights from how-matters.org followers (and a few of my own).
A review of the documentary Poverty, Inc.
Why we need to view “underdevelopment” as just one side of the coin.
Admitting failure is not enough. What’s the next step?
One of my favorite podcasts, The Moth, features New Voices Fellows from the Aspen Institute.