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Can I vent here?  I think management protocol says that leaders shouldn’t use venues such as blog sites or other organizational media outlets to vent their personal irritations.  I understand that.  But in this case, my personal irritation has to do with a Winds of Peace initiative, so maybe it’s OK.  I guess I’ve already … Continue reading Not Invented Here
It’s June.  The trees are leafed out, I need to cut my lawn at least once a week and summer seems as though it wants to stay around for a while.  It’s what we in the north have pined for during the past six months.  And all I can think about is Nicaragua. I haven’t … Continue reading Distant Drums
I’ve been reading an absorbing article in the June issue of National Geographic Magazine, entitled, “Why We Lie.”  I’m going to guess that it might be the most widely-read article that the magazine has ever published; as the article posits, we all lie, and  the title draws us to want to understand ourselves a little … Continue reading What Lies Beneath
I have written here often about some of the cooperatives with whom we work and, especially, the remarkable people encountered in these organizations.  Along the way, I have shared descriptions of some of the tools that we have shared with Nica partners (like Open Book Management and Lean principles), because many rural producers have become … Continue reading The Need to Own It
How to keep from tripping over the same stone twice? René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out (Jesús, Lc 29.40)  “I already saw that movie”, said the drunk, on seeing the animation of the lion that roars at the beginning of many movies. In the beginning of the 1990s, dozens … Continue reading How to keep from tripping over the same stone twice?
Community, that circular mobilizing utopia René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Utopia is on the horizon. I walk two steps, and it moves away two steps, and the horizon runs ten steps further. So what good does utopia serve? For that, for walking. Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) Once they discover the strength of the community, they will be able … Continue reading Community, that circular mobilizing utopia
Sugar cane in peasant-indigenous resistance René Mendoza Vidaurre and Héctor Peña Martínez[1] Son to his Father: old man, you are not making money on the blocks of sugar; you are just doing it to work. Father: Yes, I was raised in this and I miss it. Mom: And where do you think our clothes come … Continue reading Sugar cane in peasant-indigenous resistance
There is no chocolate without organized family agriculture René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Eve left the Garden of Eden over chocolate! Anonymous. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. Forrest Gump The exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land, the Bible says, had … Continue reading There is no chocolate without organized family agriculture

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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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