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Hav you ever had a moment when you were reading about something historical and wondered to yourself, “I wonder what it was like to have been there?”  In the years that I have worked for Winds of Peace, I have often asked myself that question about the period of the revolution.  When we visit partners … Continue reading I Wonder What It Was Like
The tensions have not diminished.  The rhetoric has not cooled.  The confrontations have not stopped.  The misrepresentations have not ceased to confound and anger.  But in an age of “alternative facts,” pictures can and do speak louder than words. It was not that long ago that a certain politician set the tone for his presidency … Continue reading Pushing Back
Circumstances continue to become more confrontational and difficult in Nicaragua.  In the aftermath of the events referenced in our previous entry here, “Tentative and Fragile,” no resolutions have been reached and neither side in the conflict has backed down.  (Does this sound familiar? )  The result at this moment is that university visits have been … Continue reading Tentative and Fragile, Part 2
I spoke to a university class of business students this past week, citing the universal qualities of the employee-owned business I directed for 16 years and Winds of Peace Foundation, with whom I have worked for the past 13 years.  Such work tenures provide me with a reasonably credible basis on which to make comparisons, … Continue reading Tentative and Fragile
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
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.