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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
Building different futures overcoming intellectual apartheid René Mendoza Vidaurre[1]                                                                                                   Article dedicated to Fr. Jack Moynihan and Sr. Maria Alicia McCabe[2] Visit -Why are you coming to visit us? María Jesús asked, the grandmother of the community. Not even the priests visit us now–she took charge of the conversation. -The world is getting more … Continue reading Updated — Building different futures overcoming intellectual apartheid
Strengthening our “defenses” with “my Mom´s Green thumb”  René Mendoza Vidaurre, Fabiola Zeledón and Esmelda Suazo with Anabel Cardoza, Glensis Carrasco, Selenia Cornejo, Adalis Orozco, Milson Cantarero and Jarithmar Gonzalez COVID-19 is a cowardly virus that attacks the most vulnerable people whose immunological system is weak. Strengthening those “defenses” of people is imperative. This would … Continue reading Strengthening our “defenses” with “my Mom´s Green thumb”
This is a translation of the law that was approved on Oct 15, 2020 LAW FOR THE REGULATION OF FOREIGN AGENTS (approved by the National Assembly October 15, 2020) Chapter I General Dispositions Article 1 Purpose The current law has the purpose of establishing the legal regulatory framework applicable to national natural or legal persons, … Continue reading LAW FOR THE REGULATION OF FOREIGN AGENTS (effective Oct 15, 2020)
This article recounts the personal story of Miguel Mora, founder of the news program 100% Noticias [100% News] which originally was a very pro- government, privately owned channel, but in spite of government threats to stop, continued to cover the citizen protests of April 2018. It was definitively closed down by the government on Dec … Continue reading The history of Miguel Mora: from Sandinista to politician persecuted by the Ortega Murillo Regime
“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