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The hiatus here over the past couple of weeks has been the result of spending time in Nicaragua, participating in the second Certificate Program for development of rural producers and their counterparts in commercialization and credit.  With so much information and context to consider, reflection and writing are crowded out in favor of absorption.  Seven … Continue reading Acts of Commitment
We’ve had some typically hot days this summer in Northeastern Iowa, a combination of high temperatures and high dew points that make simply being outdoors a challenge for many.  It’s what we dream about in the depths of winter, but the dream often becomes more of a nightmare in its reality.  How soon we forget! … Continue reading Up On the Roof
I have not been able to watch much of this year’s Summer Olympics on television.  Travel and other preoccupations have interceded and my viewing has been limited to short replays of key events and several planned sessions where I was free to watch a particular competition.  Otherwise, I’ve been relegated to reading about the games … Continue reading Medalists
While we’re busy preparing for the second Certificate Program for rural cooperative members and managers, technicians, second-tier coop representatives and others, the focus is on methodologies.  After all, we’ve spent portions of the past ten years describing organizational strengthening techniques used successfully in the U.S. in hopes that it might spark interest in the Nica … Continue reading Of Vision and Purpose
A cooperative that regulates markets René Mendoza V., With Sulma Y. Leiva, Rigoberto Martínez and Ruperto Mejía[1] It is easy to stop one person, but difficult to stop 100.  When people discover the power of community and the transforational force of Christianity, nothing can stop them. Héctor Gallegos   Many cooperatives in Latin America tend … Continue reading A cooperative that regulates markets
Toward the second generation of Fair Trade René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. Plato Even the most righteous man sins in the face of an open treasure. Maxim. The VII song of the Odyessy tells of the myth of Ulysses. He was warned by the … Continue reading Toward the second generation of Fair Trade
The Paris agreements on climate change: A path for saving the planet? René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Pick up a rock in your hand and close you fist around it until it begins to beat, live, speak and move. Sámi Poem When the waves of the ocean hit our chest, at the same time we feel a current of … Continue reading The Paris agreements on climate change: A path for saving the planet?
Reducing inequality in land access, a way of contributing to gender equity? René Mendoza V., René Rodríguez F., Ruth Aguilar P., Selmira Flores and María A. Sieza Summary Currently there are more women that have access to land, but their access continues to be unequal: women control 13.3% of total land. Most of their properties … Continue reading Reducing inequality in land access, a way of contributing to gender equity?

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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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