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One of my daughters, Molly,  has been working with a local university in co-teaching a section on the concept of privilege.  She’s very excited about the opportunity and the subject matter; in turn, I’m very excited to hear about the class sessions and how people respond to the comforts or discomforts of privilege.  It’s a … Continue reading The Problems with Privilege
I spent the week in Nicaragua last week, visiting partners and participating in a cooperative workshop.  It’s a process that has become familiar to me over the past dozen years, but it is never the same.  Every cooperative, every member, has a story to tell, and each is very different from the other.  Some stories … Continue reading I Met Some Women
Winds of Peace Foundation has embraced many goals for itself since its beginnings: we have sought to help cultivate economic opportunity for the poor, social justice for women, restoration of rights for Indigenous peoples, strengthened education for children, fostered peace and reconciliation between the marginalized and the empowered, and encouraged an holistic health and well-being … Continue reading “An Anger I Have Never Felt”
In my most recent blog, I talked about some of the symptoms being experienced in the Fair Trade world and our experiences in dealing with them.  But it turns out that the link to the article written by Dr. Rene Mendoza was feeling a little sick, too, and didn’t work for those readers who are … Continue reading Illness of Another Sort
The height of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. Plato With an open treasure, even the most righteous sins. Saying. The VII song of the Odyessy tells how the goddess Circe warned Ulysses that the sailors of those waters were so enchanted by the song of the sirens that they went … Continue reading TOWARD THE RE-INVENTION OF “FAIR TRADE” by René Mendoza Vidaurre
Cooperativism, a means for an arduous peace in a space of ‘conflict’ René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] War is the continuation of politics by other means.  Clausewitz (1780-1831) My husband and son were killed in the war. I was left with a little bit of land. The cooperative was like my husband. I supported myself in it … Continue reading Cooperativism, a means for an arduous peace in a space of ‘conflict’
Awaking to normality, an antidote for market control René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] “I am fine”, he says, while in the jaws of an alligator. Popular saying. Every cloud has its silver lining. Old saying. The parable of the “boiling frog” says that if we put a frog in a pot of boiling water, the frog will … Continue reading Awaking to normality, an antidote for market control
Organized communities are valuable, very valuable! René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] We dedicate this article to Eduvijes Sánchez[2] Where your treasure is, there will your heart be. Bible (Mt 6.21) Whenever your drink water, remember its source. Chinese Proverb “The cooperatives and associations are dividing the communities”, “organizations are a big doorway through which two or three … Continue reading Organized communities are valuable, very valuable!

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CONCEPT PAPER:SYNERGY CENTER
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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