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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
Not tripping over the same stone by Fabiola Zeledón, Freddy Pérez, Claudio Hernández, Hulda Miranda, Rebeca Espinoza and René Mendoza Juan, president of the cooperative, got off the bus, and walked like a rooster, with his chest held high. -Greetings, young lady. I am the president of the cooperative -Good day, Juan. -Call me “Mr … Continue reading Not tripping over the same stone
Getting off the old path and getting on the cooperative path [for pdf version] René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] I was a fieldhand. I was a foreman. I knew how to become a patron. That is what I wanted. That is what I was doing when one day in 1968, on returning home, I ran into an … Continue reading Getting off the old path and getting on the cooperative path
While the April 2018 uprising was largely student led, this fact can be easily missed in the media coverage. This article  provides some student leader perspectives of the current situation where the opposition is trying to unify in light of a future electoral process.   What opposition, and what changes? By Harley Morales-Pon and Juan Carlos … Continue reading What opposition, and what changes?
This message was issued on Nov 4, 2019 after a week where memorial events  held for slain protestors and the release of political prisoners continued to be harassed by police, and even some gravestones were defaced. One of the defense lawyers for those arrested had her home sprayed with bullets. Message of the Justice and … Continue reading Message of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Managua, No. 2
“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