people

It’s about the ‘collective us’

As I reflect on what it takes to work collaboratively, it’s very clear that mindset is fundamental. My guiding principles of ‘generosity’ and ‘humility’ (forgive the irony of mentioning the latter in a blog post) have brought me to a place where I can confidently say my work is not about me, it’s about the ‘collective us’… The ‘collective us’ is the way I describe connected, collaborating individuals and the… Read More »It’s about the ‘collective us’

Building capacity…

‘Building capacity’ – quite possibly one of the most hackneyed terms in the whole of the humanitarian / international development realm. I have misgivings about the term ‘building capacity’ – if we’re going to do anything with (or to) capacity, then let’s acknowledge that it almost certainly exists already (to a greater or lesser extent), and let’s talk about ‘strengthening capacity‘ instead. Anyhow, I have noticed a growing trend for… Read More »Building capacity…

Change

This is the last post from the ‘archives’… November 3-5 (2008) in Washington DC was very memorable, but a lot can change in 18 months. For the record, here is what ‘dreams’ look like: Working in Washington this week has been inspirational. I watched Barack Obama be elected President of the United States of America. On Monday and Tuesday, I had a sense of being part of something very historic:… Read More »Change

Walking…

Here’s another of life’s lessons: Walking to church with F yesterday we stopped by P’s store to do some copying. One of his nephews was holding the fort and he got chatting to F in a friendly way as I copied away. Walking back out into the rain, we carried on a little further, until we came to a mother and her two young boys. She was looking stressed and… Read More »Walking…