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July 25th, 2010 - 6:00 pm § in Good Practice, Guest Bloggers

Seeing the future in sovereign local organizations – Part I

Sovereignty is both a quality to be developed and a right to be respected and defended. It is a particularly powerful concept when applied to organisation, suggesting authentic qualities, describing a home-grown resilience, an inside-out identity, the idea of an organisation being the expression of [...]

July 5th, 2010 - 6:16 pm § in Good Practice

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations, Part 3 of 3

Work on the ground can often be difficult, slow, and heartbreaking, however rewarding. Sometimes the most important thing we can do is to show “care for the caregivers” (both physically and emotionally) to reduce stress and prevent burnout. [...]

July 5th, 2010 - 6:15 pm § in Good Practice

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations, Part 2 of 3

Under-resourced and under-recognized local organizations face immense challenges on the ground. Yet we as outsiders most often choose to express frustration or impatience if an organization does not appear to be responding to our expectations. [...]

July 5th, 2010 - 6:13 pm § in Good Practice

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations, Part 1 of 3

As resourced outsiders, when we meet with suffering people, we create high expectations, in them and in ourselves. Or we feel completely helpless in not being able to offer enough and in so doing may even reinforce feelings of hopelessness.[...]

July 4th, 2010 - 6:21 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Why Organizations Matter

The fact that people, under the direst of circumstances, are able to pull themselves together and organize themselves is a celebration of the fact that the impulse to develop and organize is inborn.[...]