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Mark and I had a particularly interesting dinner last month in El Cua.  I mean, our dinners are usually pretty interesting moments in the day, whether because of the agenda we have just experienced, the menu of a small restaurant we have found, conversation about upcoming meetings  for the following day or just in telling … Continue reading My Name Is Char-les
I’ve consumed a lot of pizza in my days.  Maybe it’s because pizza came into its own as an entre′ while I was a teen, or the fact that it’s probably my favorite food indulgence.  I’ve eaten more than my share of those pies.  I’ve had them homemade in my grandmother’s kitchen when I was … Continue reading The Unlikely Pizza
This Easter has been a sweet deal for candy manufacturers: more than $2 billion was spent on candy alone this season, and the overall spending on all Easter-related purchases figures to be the second-highest in U.S. history.  (I know that I didn’t receive any chocolate bunnies on Easter Sunday, so somebody else has been taking … Continue reading Chicken Feed
  Almost from my first visit as a member of WPF, Marisela has been part of my Nicaragua experience.  Her Cuallitlan Hotel in Esteli is one of the most charming and unique places of rest I have ever encountered, a direct reflection of its owner and the artistic genius that she has brought to its … Continue reading A Gift for Marisela
The height of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. Plato Even an honest man sins in the face of an open treasure. 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 … Continue reading Toward the Re-Invention of “Fair Trade” (updated edition)
Dismantling the large estate with cooperativism René Mendoza Vidaurre with Edgar Fernandez[1] You have to look at coffee like the fingers on a hand; the first year we plant, the second year the coffee develops, The third year we harvest, the fourth we harvest more and the fifth year the coffee begins to decline    … Continue reading Dismantling the large estate with cooperativism
The construction of a just peace in Colombia René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Colombians, weapons have given you independence, but only the law will give you freedom. Francisco de Paula Santander (1792-1840), Colombian leader The law of the jungle should not be the law that our children follow Seanna Wolf, ex Irish prisioner. The weak can never … Continue reading The construction of a just peace in Colombia
Toward the re-invention of fair trade. The case of Central America. René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] and Johan Bastiaensen[2] The Fair Trade Movement (FT) emerged in the face of unfair trade mediation as an alternative so that people that organize might improve their lives, and to be a space of solidarity among different actors beyond national borders. … Continue reading Toward the re-invention of fair trade. The case of Central America.

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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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