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I’ve been thinking about a blog post written by my colleague, Rene Mendoza, and posted here last month.  The title of Rene’s article was, “Can the Youth Fall in Love with the Countryside Again?”  It’s a provocative idea, in that the data suggests the Nicaraguan youth see little hope in remaining on the family farm, … Continue reading Falling In Love Again
As a U.S. private foundation, Winds of Peace has been providing development assistance in Nicaragua for more than 30 years.  Most of that time and effort has been rendered on the “inside,” hand-in-hand with the members of the cooperatives and associations and networks with who we have partnered. It has been very personal work.  We … Continue reading Working from the Outside
For several weeks I have been absent here, for a variety of reasons.  I wonder if anyone noticed.  Does it make any difference? I have wondered about a lot of things. I wonder why the 1% of the wealthiest people in the world feel compelled to have more.  What will they do with it? I … Continue reading Wondering
Black lives matter.  Police lives matter.  Latino lives matter.  Gay lives matter. We live in an age of proclaiming that _______ lives matter.  (Fill in the blank with whatever ethnic, racial, gender, vocational or religious designation is important to you.)  Over the past several years, the U.S. has witnessed countless marches, protests and demonstrations which … Continue reading Do All Lives Matter?
René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] You cannot direct the wind, but you can change the direction of the sails. Chinese Proverb Let the wind blow and carry you where it will. Bible saying. “Our problem, says A. Argueta, from the COMAL network (Honduras), is that our offspring do not want to know about agriculture; many times in … Continue reading Can the youth fall in love with the countryside again?
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

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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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