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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
Food production in times of COVID-19 René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Aid that entraps On one occasion I talked with a former director of a European aid agency. -We are bringing in a donation of rice for Central America, so that people would let go of their native seed and end up buying rice seed from our … Continue reading Food production in times of COVID-19
May: The Power of Communities René Mendoza Vidaurre   We were waiting for you like the “rain showers 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; “Maia”, goddess of … Continue reading May: The Power of Communities
Managua, April 12, 2020 Good morning, friends from international aid agencies, Out of the friendship that I have with a good number of you, I write you this letter from a Central America immersed in an unfavorable context imposed by COVID-19, like most of the countries in the world. Surely you are rethinking your 2020 … Continue reading Open Letter to International Aid Organizations re COVID-19
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

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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.