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In response to a recent blog essay, I received a comment from a friend in exasperated empathy for the predicament of the poor.  His note read, “The poor just don’t matter.  They are throw-away people.”  The comment wasn’t a reflection of his own feelings, but rather an indictment of a significant share of the world […]
For approximately eight months of the year, the U.S. and Nicaragua are in different time zones.  During the rest of the year, we’re in synch.  Nicaragua seems to prefer the “natural” order of the clock, whereas we in the North have always favored the annual tinkering with time.  The time zone difference, when it’s in […]
My recent visit to Nicaragua was filled with innovations.  They weren’t to be found in the airports or airliners that I used in flying south (though Heaven knows both of those entities could use some major innovative help), but rather in the lives and activities I encountered during my week in very rural Nicaragua.  The […]
With apologies to John Gray, who authored an entire book under this title, I couldn’t imagine a better, more accurate assessment of a day-long meeting we had a couple of weeks ago in Chacra seca, an area just outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It’s an area that has received perhaps more than its share of development […]
                              Collective and Shared Leadership Antidote for a society dependent on bosses and patrons René Mendoza V.[1],   Leadership is a choice, not a position. Stephen R. Covey, 2012: xiv The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same […]
Innovation leads to productivity, the greatest challenge in the era of sustainable development The experience of the “sandal clad innnovators”[1] René Mendoza V. and Edgar Fernández[2]   Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth. Archimedes (287-212 ac) Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein […]
The image of indigenous peoples: Beyond development? René Mendoza V. and Edgar Fernández   Today is loaded with yesterday, yesterday with the day before, and tomorrow with today Mayan Thought   The day they have poisoned the last river, cut down the last tree, and murdered the last animal, they will realize that money cannot […]
René Mendoza V.[1]   Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead   Why do institutions like NITLAPAN exist? What is the purpose of the people working in such institutions? Why do people go to institutions of higher education? […]

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WPF concept paper final Jan 2014

For an introduction to this Concept Paper,
see CEO Steve Sheppard’s Jan. 31, 2014 blog post titled
The Difficult Work of Bridges.

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