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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
“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
“It is said that the children of the very poor are not brought up, but dragged up.”                                                    Bleak House, by Charles Dickens It’s an image that is haunting, and daunting, this … Continue reading Bleak House
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
Booklet 4 Scaling up and circular movement in Rural Social Enterprises René Mendoza with Fabiola Zeledón and Esmelda Suazo Jesús told his disciples a parable (Mt 25: 14-30). A farmer, before traveling, entrusted his farm to them: to one he gave 5 talents, to another 2 and another 1, according to their capacities. On his … Continue reading Booklet 4 Scaling up and circular movement in Rural Social Enterprises
Booklet 3 May: The Power of Communities René Mendoza Vidaurre   We were waiting for you like the “rains of May”, said the girls as they hugged their grandparents.   The fifth month of the year is called “May” in honor of Maya, one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione from Greek mythology; … Continue reading Booklet 3 May: The Power of Communities

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CONCEPT PAPER
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.