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The power of brutal winter has been felt everywhere, it seems.  Here in the heartland of the U.S., actual temperatures reached -37 degrees Fahrenheit, with windchill factors as low as -55.  Unfortunately, the barrage was not a one-day phenomenon but an extended period of bitterness. It all began as a rather typical shift in the … Continue reading The Bitter Cold
Nicaragua.  I’m astonished at the turn of events that has wracked the country I have come to know over the past 13 years.  I read about places where I have traveled, remember fondly the warmth of the people I have met, recall the beauty and awe of the land, and then must imagine those same … Continue reading Making Sense of the Senseless
My time in direct service to the peasants in Nicaragua, that is.  On March 1 of this new year, I will step away from my role as Chief Executive for Winds of Peace after thirteen years. In 2005, WPF Founder Harold Nielsen had been stricken with pneumonia (at age 90) and was hospitalized.  I had … Continue reading My Time Is Running Short
If you have read many of the offerings at this site, you will know that my background includes a long and in-depth relationship with employee ownership.  I served both The ESOP Association and The National Center for Employee Ownership, the national associations which promote employee ownership, was President of the Minnesota Chapter of the ESOP … Continue reading On Seeing Solutions
Conditions and processes where youth energize the family agriculture cooperative movement René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] You cannot direct the wind but you can change the direction of your sails. Chinese proverb Tell me something and I will forget it, teach me something and I will remember it, make me participate in something and I will learn … Continue reading Conditions and processes where youth energize family agriculture cooperative movement
Associativism as path for peace in societies in conflict René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Behind every adversity is an opportunity. Popular proverb.  “There is not a path to peace, peace is the path”. M. Gandhi. Naruto, Japanese manga Nagato: “War causes pain and wounds on both sides. The death of a loved one is difficult to accept, … Continue reading Associativism as path for peace in societies in conflict
The power of a shared vision in peasant-indigenous cultures René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] In the film “Spartacus” on the slave rebellion in 71 BC we recognize the strength of a shared vision. After twice defeating the Roman legions, the gladiators/slaves fell before the legion of Marcus Crassus, who says to thousands of survivors: “you were slaves … Continue reading Updated version- The power of a shared vision in peasant-indigenous cultures
The power of a shared vision in peasant-indigenous cultures René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] In the film “Spartacus” on the slave rebellion in 71 BC we recognize the strength of a shared vision. After twice defeating the Roman legions, the gladiators/slaves fell before the legion of Marcus Crassus, who says to thousands of survivors: “you were slaves … Continue reading The power of a shared vision in peasant-indigenous cultures
The author is well known essayist in Nicaragua on a wide array of topics. He is a sociologist and researcher who has published several books on migration, youth and gangs in Central America. This article addresses a key issue for the left in Latin America: the number of deaths caused by the Maduro and Ortega … Continue reading The human sacrifices of the left
These articles, part of a two part series,  are important in that they address the Nicaraguan government´s contention that the crisis in April 2018 was really a coup attempt on the part of right wing forces supported by the US.  Coup d’état? La Prensa, February 8-9, 2019 By José Adán Silva The thesis of the … Continue reading Coup d’état?
The author of the following article just won the Ibero-American Rey de España award for this article, originally published in Confidencial May 26, 2018.  We provide the translation of that article here because of its international importance. See the version in Spanish for the photos of the MRIs mentioned in the article. An interesting recent … Continue reading They were shooting with precision: to kill!
This document could not be found on the official website of the FSLN, el Digital 19, but is reported to have come from a political secretary in one of the Government Ministries. The Spanish version can be found here.  It does reflect the government´s perspective on the crisis- that it was promoted by coup supporters … Continue reading POLICY OF NATIONAL STRATEGY “DEFENSE IS FIRST…FOR PEACE, THE COMMON GOOD, FOR PRODUCTION”

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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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