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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 […]
For twenty years I’ve worn it, very aware of the message that it carries and the people from whom I received it.  It never comes off (except for this photo), in part due to the eternal message of it.  It’s a hopeful, optimistic, positive message, but one which seems a bit tarnished today, like the […]
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.                            -Albert Einstein Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.                     -Albert […]
OUR COSMIC CONTEXT In the coming weeks I’ll be headed back to Nicaragua for a mid-summer visit with rural partners, colleagues and a changing culture.  The sources of transformations in Nicaraguan society are many, of course, just as they are in the U.S. and virtually every other place in the world that has access to […]
                              Collective and Shared Leadership Antidote for a society dependent on bosses and patrons René Mendoza V.[1], rmvidaurre@gmail.com   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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CONCEPT PAPER
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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