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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
“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
It has been a strange week for me. My  head spent the days immersed in matters like employee ownership, organizational strengthening, empowerment, open book management, continuous improvement, transparency and the wisdom inherent in organizations. My heart was in Nicaragua, at the foot of Peñas Blancas, with more than 50 peasant producers who are spending the … Continue reading Here and There
Cooperativism as a firewall for the coronavirus René Mendoza Vidaurre and Inti Gabriel Mendoza Estrada[1] -Coronita, coronita, how hungry you are! SARS told you that in 2002 and 2003 it stuffed itself with a handful of people -Come on, sister! 7 centuries ago our great, great grandmother, “the black plague” took away a third of … Continue reading Cooperativism as a firewall for the coronavirus
Riding astride coffee yield and quality in Nicaragua René Mendoza, Javier López, Ivania Rivera and Warren Armstrong[1] Good coffee “Do you know why I invited you to this coffee shop?, a European buyer, who is also a grade Q coffee-cupper, asked me. “Because they told me that they serve quality coffee here”, he responded to … Continue reading Riding astride coffee yield and quality in Nicaragua
Cultivating the golden bean: Volume and quality René Mendoza, Fabiola Zeledón, Elix Meneces, Hulda and Eliseo Miranda[1] Up until 2010 we buyers who were looking for quality coffee, we first would come to Nicaragua. After 2010 we no longer did, first we go to Costa Rica, then Honduras … (Coffee buyer). In the 60s and … Continue reading Cultivating the golden bean: Volume and quality
Equitable distribution of surplus in cooperatives René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Paying back is improving The revolution and the agrarian reform came, people knew the word and their eyes were opened, many organized into cooperatives and received land, seed and technology, and they said “we are in power.” Within years they sold the land and forgot even … Continue reading Equitable distribution of surplus in cooperatives

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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.