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With the emphasis on education during my recent visit to Nicaragua, we had the pleasure of re-visiting the Association of Women Builders of Condega (AMCC).  AMCC is a non – profit organization whose main purpose is to promote economic, political and ideological empowerment processes to young and adult women from Northern Nicaragua, to enhance the […]
I had the occasion to be driving in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolis this weekend.  The warmer weather tends to spawn a desire to get out under the sunshine in whatever ways possible, and a road trip to the Twin Cities beckoned with success.  In acknowledgement to the early arrival of Spring (I choose to believe […]
I caught a segment on the news today that captured my attention. The piece had to do with the issue of memory loss and whether there are practices we can use to slow down the seemingly inevitable loss of memory that afflicts so many of us.  The discussion included several lifestyle factors which can affect […]
I’ve been reading about the global economy, energy and the environment. The U.S.- and much of the world’s- economy is built upon a model of continuing, compounding growth. Growth is dependent on availability and use of energy.  Currently, availability is declining and use is increasing. As a result, our efforts to extract ever-more energy from […]
The urgent need to re-invent the “fair trade movement” René Mendoza Vidaurre The Fair Trade movement (FT) started in 1964 within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Since then a number of European countries promoted the UNCTAD stores, selling products from developing countries. Then the “solidarity store” chain got […]
 Microcredit, the innovation of the century René Mendoza Vidaurre *   There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. . (Niccolo Machiavelli, 1532, The Prince)   Grameen Bank (“village bank”) […]
Internal governance and the role of cooperatives in Central American rural society René Mendoza V., E. Fernández, K. Kuhnekath, J. Bastiaensen, and A.J. García[1] Thanks to Picketty (2014) the topic of inequality became an issue again in our days. Nevertheless, markets, technology, skills and social relations are formed and decided in institutions and organizations that […]
Innovating in beekeeping makes humanity better in times of climate change René Mendoza V., Edgar Fernández and Yeris Lanzas   “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then humanity would only have four years of life left” Albert Einstein  Recently there has been a worldwide alarm about bees. They produce honey and […]

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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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