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Stories from our work
I was sitting in one of my favourite coffee shops this morning prepping for my class on Human Rights advocacy at St Norbert College (where I have been lecturing for the last few days). Reading the news over breakfast it struck me that today’s Guardian was filled with stories that illustrated my key points. Those stories ended up shaping my lecture as follows:[…]
Sitting on a plane on my way home from two weeks of coaching in East Africa. In my headphones Jack Johnson’s (All at once) lyric rings true: “All at once, The world can overwhelm me There’s almost nothin’ that you could tell me That could ease my mind Which way will you run When it’s[…]
We are the ones who left. Some ran away. Others walked away. Some were simply taken away. Others sent. But today, no matter where we are or how we came to be here – today, we are all South African. Today we have changed our Facebook covers and our profile pictures. Today we have posted[…]
A couple of weeks ago Joni Powers and I had the privilege of facilitating a workshop for 16 incredible leaders from across the world. They came from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Palestine, Papua, and Iraq. Each of them is driving change in their communities and countries. Their work covers a wide range of issues:[…]
I just spent a week being reminded of the incredible injustice of the global economy. The harsh reality that “where you live [does] decide, whether you live or whether you die.” (U2) For poor young women in Thailand the choice is clear and alarming. Back breaking labour all day in rice paddies to earn $1[…]
I have spent the last few days trying to distill the key principles I have learnt over the last 25 years into a workshop on Community Development. In the end I settled on 7 key principles: 1. Start local – so many initiatives want to start with a community on the other side of town[…]
It is always encouraging to see others using the models that you exposed them too in completely different contexts. The guys from Congo Peace Network were in a workshop I ran in Kigali, Rwanda about a year ago. And today I get a copy of their latest newsletter showing a training they have done in[…]
I’m sitting in a training workshop in rural Uganda. My friend David Musoke is training community leaders (some of whom are illiterate) in community banking and micro enterprise development. This really is micro enterprise. The example on the board behind him has a total enterprise capitalisation of $20. The material he is using has been[…]
“Before we moved here almost all our children died before they reached their fifth birthday,” he answered. Francois (pictured above) is the leader of a small Batwa community in Burundi. He is 7-years younger than me but looks like an old man. This is the impact of poverty. Four years ago own friends Claude and[…]
What an outpouring of joy I witnessed today – dancing and singing and drumming and laughing and talking – celebrating water. Donatilla (pictured) spoke so eloquently about the value of water to this community. How this well changes everything. How women would walk 10 miles a day to find water. How much time that took.[…]
We have been befriending and working with a community of war widows in Rwanda. Between us we have helped buy some initial sewing machines and provide some training. It was such a joy to hear that they have now been able to save enough money to buy their own specialist embroidery machine. It has been[…]
What a privilege to work with leaders from Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo to help them think through how they strengthen reconciliation and peacebuilding efforts in their communities. We spent a few days mapping the various conflicts and looking at how strategies could be shared across the region.
Was amazing to spend time with Lawrence (India) and Vardan (Armenia) in Yerevan recently. Sharing their experiences in serving people who live with disability. Incredible to see two leaders from such diverse backgrounds have so much in common. Learning from each other. This is a great example of crossing the ocean to think through how[…]
Spent a week with leaders from across the Middle East and Caucasus dreaming about the future. A big piece of that dreaming was helping them to construct a common narrative of the past. We spent a morning timelining the last 5000 years.
Sometimes we need to cross the ocean in order to learn how to cross the street.
My friend Kelvin has been transforming the criminal justice system in Kenya – such a privilege to be coaching him. Here he is leading a delegation back to the prison he was incarcerated in.
Sylvester may be the most dynamic teacher I have ever met. He is an inspiration to so many.