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January 23rd, 2012 - 7:00 am § in Guest Bloggers

Has aid lost its humanity?

“Development work had become more about systems and structures than the actual lived realities of people,” argues Mette Müller, founder of Best Self Experience. Can important concepts like 'empathy', 'understanding' and 'compassion' enter the way we deliver aid?[...]

August 5th, 2011 - 6:40 am § in Uncategorized

Behind the Barricades, There Is Happiness

Richard Moore, founder of Children in Crossfire in Derry, Ireland, discusses the figurative blind spots for many people as they become involved in aid work. Richard, who was literally blinded by a British soldier at the age of 10, also discusses the value of community and the power of vulnerability.[...]

February 21st, 2011 - 1:40 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Titillating TED Talks for Development Folks

Sharing three recent TED Talks that encouraged me to reflect on how I personally and professionally stay connected to “what is living” at a local level that is authentic and that has potential to unleash social change. [...]

August 13th, 2010 - 3:08 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Our Most Important Job

“The kids in Africa were soooo amazing and so darn cute.” And so, the smoke poured out of my ears before I could even have my morning coffee.[...]

July 30th, 2010 - 11:52 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

More on why ‘How Matters’

I believe that our role as “outsiders,” whether we are working for a multilateral donor in Nairobi or having wanderlust dreams during our unfulfilling job in Ohio, must be about getting community leaders the resources that they need to address their own priorities.[...]

July 28th, 2010 - 2:34 pm § in Guest Bloggers, Reflection & Rumination

A Heartbreaker

Yes, the paradigm of development can break our hearts. But everyday, we have a choice. Will we slump into the system? Or will we challenge the parts of it that prevent us from feeling and exhibiting compassion?[...]