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Day after day, I have hesitated to write here because the onslaught of news has kept me off-balance.  There have been few times in my life when the matters of politics, social upheaval, public health and dysfunctional economics have all come together with such overwhelming force.  Every one of the issues is daunting.  Facing them … Continue reading Out of Balance
When a man acts, he pronounces himself to the world. When a man who has become a leader enriches himself and his family at the expense of his followers, he is a syphon; When a man speaks words that betray reality, he is a liar; When a man sees himself as the only answer to … Continue reading When A Man
Booklet 5 RSEs[1] as catalysts of good changes René Mendoza Vidaurre with Fabiola Zeledón and Esmelda Suazo The drunkard´s curse -Why are you selling your land? -I have debts, I have no money…I no longer know what to do. -Ahh, you have the drunkard´s curse. -what? -The drunk sells what he has and keeps the … Continue reading Booklet 5: RSEs as catalysts of good changes
Booklet 4 Scaling up and circular movement in Rural Social Enterprises René Mendoza with Fabiola Zeledón and Esmelda Suazo Jesús told his disciples a parable (Mt 25: 14-30). A farmer, before traveling, entrusted his farm to them: to one he gave 5 talents, to another 2 and another 1, according to their capacities. On his … Continue reading Booklet 4 Scaling up and circular movement in Rural Social Enterprises
On June 25 seven opposition organizations united to form the National Coalition in an attempt to unify all the sectors opposing the Ortega government, currently including: Civic Alliance, White and Blue National Unity, the Peasant Movement, the Democratic Restoration Party, Liberal Constitutional Party, Nicaraguan Democratic Force and the Yatama Party. Different youth and university organizations … Continue reading Electoral reforms with a broad consensus and without bilateral negotiations
Mons. Silvio Báez is the person with  the largest number of twitter followers in Nicaragua. He is also the auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Managua. He was asked by Pope Francis to leave Nicaragua in April 2019 because of the amount of death threats from government supporters against him. This interview provides insights … Continue reading Mons. Silvio Báez: “No one can believe themselves to be more important than Nicaragua”
“The snowball is starting to roll downhill” but still “swimming against the current” WPF has been involved with farming cooperatives in Nicaragua for over 20 years. In 2011 WPF undertook an extensive study of cooperatives in Nicaragua, and we continue to learn and work with them. When I think about where our work with cooperatives … Continue reading “The snowball is starting to roll downhill” but still “swimming against the current”
Drinking coffee as an act for peace in times of polarization Nicaragua is once again extremely polarized. It is enough to compare different posts on our nica-update to see diametrically opposed views of the ongoing crisis. We post them not to imply that each perspective is equally true, but rather to recognize that important segments … Continue reading Drinking coffee as an act for peace

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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.

Synergy Center - What isSynergy Center What is being synergized