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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
The “ladder” and conditions for rethinking “not leaving anyone behind” René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] -the big producers increase their coffee areas, the small ones produce less, and we are all from the same cooperative–María observed in the assembly -we are on different steps of the ladder –responded Claudio. -The small producers should not hold offices, being … Continue reading The “ladder” and conditions for rethinking “not leaving anyone behind”
Booklet 5 RSEs[1] as catalysts of good changes René Mendoza Vidaurre with Fabiola Zeledón and Esmelda Suazo The drunkard´s curse -Why are you selling your land? -I have debts, I have no money…I no longer know what to do. -Ahh, you have the drunkard´s curse. -what? -The drunk sells what he has and keeps the … Continue reading Booklet 5: RSEs as catalysts of good changes
The major issue among the opposition has been the representation of the youth in the “National Coalition” – an attempt to unify all the groups opposed to the current government. In general, the National Coalition wanted the youth participation to be linked to already existing organizations in the National Coalition, which in essence would give … Continue reading Press Release of the Student-Youth Sector on negotiations with the National Coalition
The main news story that has occupied the attention of Nicaragua in these days was an event that happened in the Cathedral on Friday July 31 at 11:00am. Several witnesses claimed seeing a hooded man come into the Blood of Christ Eucharistic Chapel and throw an incendiary device, which consumed the tabernacle and seriously burned … Continue reading Two reports on the fire in the Cathedral of July 31, 2020
“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