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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
“Free, only want to be free, We huddle close, Hang on to a dream.”  –America by Neil Diamond There’s no shortage of patriotic music today, July 4.  From God Bless America sung by Kate Smith to America by Simon and Garfunkle,  America the Beautiful by Ray Charles, God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood, I’ve heard songs all day … Continue reading They’re Coming to America
Cooperativism as a firewall for the coronavirus René Mendoza Vidaurre and Inti Gabriel Mendoza Estrada[1] -Coronita, coronita, how hungry you are! SARS told you that in 2002 and 2003 it stuffed itself with a handful of people -Come on, sister! 7 centuries ago our great, great grandmother, “the black plague” took away a third of … Continue reading Cooperativism as a firewall for the coronavirus
Riding astride coffee yield and quality in Nicaragua René Mendoza, Javier López, Ivania Rivera and Warren Armstrong[1] Good coffee “Do you know why I invited you to this coffee shop?, a European buyer, who is also a grade Q coffee-cupper, asked me. “Because they told me that they serve quality coffee here”, he responded to … Continue reading Riding astride coffee yield and quality in Nicaragua
The Nicaraguan Government´s lack of a public call for social distancing and instead, implementing measures to increase direct contact, befuddle many observers. This Nicaraguan economist makes a cogent economic policy argument that might explain such an approach, while also showing the seriousness of the economic impact of the crisis, that will make it significantly different … Continue reading Is the Government giving the same response to two different crises?
PRESS RELEASE Our Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Country March 20, 2020 The Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy [Original Spanish] Nicaragua, like the rest of the world, is experiencing the coronavirus pandemic. The apathy with which the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship is acting while hiding information and wanting to impose on the Nicaraguan citizenry … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE Our Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Country March 20, 2020 The Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy
“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