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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
This is the English translation to the introduction to a book on cooperatives which reflects some of the learning accumulated from the work of accompanying cooperatives in Central America. Reinventing Cooperativism The art of organizing and re-organizing with those at the bottom The biggest challenges that we have had in at least the last 50 years, … Continue reading Reinventing Cooperativism The art of organizing and re-organizing with those at the bottom
“Development” organizations have tended to emphasize export crops as key for the development of small producer communities. Our research shows that focussing on export crops to the detriment of traditional diversity of indigenous-peasant production results in loss of family land and food insecurity. People also need to analyze and improve the local market for essential … Continue reading Corn, a reflection for the community of Ubú
Community Social Enterprises have been a key focus of the WPF work these past two years. This brief document was written for  people participating in these innovative entities to set up key meetings for the coming year. We make it available here because it also provides a good summary of what has been accomplished and what … Continue reading Descentralization of the CSEs: deepening their connections
“The snail” strategy in the face of climate changeand the bubble of coffee prices René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Snail´s path -Everything that goes up, must come down, said a woman -But roasted, ground coffee goes up in price but does not come down, responded her daughter. -That is because those who earn more are few and … Continue reading “The snail” strategy in the face of climate change and the coffee price bubble

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