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It has been a year now since I last traveled to Nicaragua.  I miss it.  Some might wonder what there is to miss in a land of extreme poverty and, now, civil turmoil.  A couple people have even suggested to me that I must be glad not to be going to Nicaragua anymore, given all … Continue reading But What About Yareli?
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
The Girl Who Survived the War I visited a family that is a member of a cooperative, and in the conversation they brought up the big battle that happened in their community of Los Cocos [Quilalí] in 1983. It was “the big war”. Doña Moncha related “that day 14 people died from our side, I … Continue reading The Girl Who Survived the War
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
This is the translation of an article that provides an analysis of the correlation of forces of the National Dialogue, just as this second Dialogue essentially ended. Both sides say they are taking a time to reflect. The Commandante…is staying? From El País/El Faro By Carlos Dada, April 6, 2019 [see original Spanish at https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/04/04/america/1554400084_539740.html … Continue reading The Commandante…is staying?
When the National Dialogue was renewed on Feb 27 of this year, a deadline of March 28th was set for agreements to be reached, in light of the criticism that the government would only use the negotiations to buy time to prevent the implementation of sanctions from the OAS, European Union and the US due … Continue reading Excerpt of Speech by Daniel Ortega on the last day of the National Dialogue April 3, 2019, on receiving the credentials of 13 Ambassadors
In the agreement reached between the Government and the Civic Alliance on March 29 as part of the second National Dialogue, the government agreed to “ensure the right to concentration, demonstration and public mobilization”. This article shows how difficult it still is to practice these basic rights, and also the creativity of the people in … Continue reading Police Attack the Most Crowded Way of the Cross in Nicaragua in a Holy Week Turned into Protest
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