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We received a project proposal a few days ago, this one from one of our longer-standing partners.  It’s a cooperative that we have admired for its vision, its holistic approach to the well-being of its members and the progressive leadership of its president.  They plan and act in ways that strengthen their cooperative as well … Continue reading Loans, Leadership and Legacies
RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. — Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water. People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize … Continue reading Crossing the Line
I was talking about Winds of Peace Foundation with a contractor who had come to our house; he had asked me what kind of work I do. When I described to him the work of grantmaking and microlending in Nicaragua among the very poor, he responded enthusiastically with, “Wow, what great work that must be! … Continue reading We Know
Before Memorial Day week is history, I thought I’d offer a few thoughts about remembering those who have fought and died for a cause. Memorial Day in the U.S. is a day in which to remember those who have fought and died in military conflicts on behalf of the United States.  Like most of our … Continue reading Memorial Day 2015
LEAN: a method for improving businesses and cooperatives René Mendoza V., Steve Sheppard and Mark Lester* We are not ants that come in and only take a grain of sand, carry it, pile it up and dig a hole. We come in, we take the grain of sand, we carry it, we pile it up … Continue reading LEAN: a method for improving businesses and cooperatives
“Open book management” in cooperatives” René Mendoza, Steve Sheppard and Mark Lester* Two sailors were at sea. A storm blew up. The boat was rocking. One of the sailors hurried to tie things down, while the other just watched and moved with the storm. The first said, “if we don´t save the boat we will … Continue reading “Open book management” in cooperatives”
“Open Books” innovation in business René Mendoza, Steve Sheppard y Mark Lester* Information should not be a tool of power, it should be a means of education Jack Stack Jack Stack,[i] and hundreds of employees turned into the owners of the Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation, innovated in 1980 the “the Game of Business”, known as “open … Continue reading “Open Books” innovation in business
Autonomy and the Multiethnic Country in Decisive Moments René Mendoza Vidaurre, Nora Sánchez, Celia Benjamín, Jairo Zelaya. Klaus Kuhnekath and Alejandro Pikitle* Mahoney (2001)[i] defines “critical juncture” as the moment of contingency in which a decision is made for one of various options, an institution that is self-reinforcing and that is challenged through the processes … Continue reading Autonomy and the Multiethnic Country in Decisive Moments

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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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