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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
Virus and Mental Frameworks René Mendoza Vidaurre The best ideas are not implemented due to the mental frameworks that we carry with us. Peter Senge (1990) in his book “The Fifth Discipline” points out: “we carry in our minds images, assumptions and stories” that block the application of proven experiments, big ideas and refined proposals. … Continue reading The Virus and Mental Frameworks
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”
The biggest news of last week was the introduction of this bill in the National Assembly by the Government. Some commentators have called it “Putin´s bill” claiming it is modeled on a similar law Putin had passed, which obligates all entities and people receiving any type of foreign funds  – except for family remittances, retired … Continue reading PROPOSED LAW FOR THE REGULATION OF FOREIGN AGENTS
Last week the big news story was that Daniel Ortega was recommending changing the longest sentence from 30 years to life, purportedly in response to the rape and murder of two girls in Mulukukú. Nicaragua, and Central America in general, have never had life sentences, because their penal legislation has always recognized the possibility of … Continue reading To achieve transitional justice in Nicaragua, the victims of the regime should not forgive and forget
“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