Wonderful word – “Wirearchy” – Thank you Jon Husband

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Jon Husband defines “wirearchy” as “a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and technology.” To give meaning to the definition go to his website and read – What Is Wirearchy ? I’m copying the headings and subheadings as bullet points… Read more »

Rejoice with me – I’ve discovered Development Dreamers

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On the “about” page of Development Dreamers the founder John Brownlee writes What is your dream for development? What change would you like to see in this world? Alone we cannot easily make our dreams come true, but with the power of the web and collective action, we can in Tim Unwins idea of collectives… Read more »

Wealth – and Teal for Startups

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The observations and opinions offered here relate to three key ideas: The Internet is having some deeply disruptive influences on “how we usually do things” because individuals and organisations are having to adjust to life in an increasingly inter-connected world For many of us what we do as our “paid work” (i.e. in our “sold”… Read more »

#Dadamac and “The Death of International Development” by Jason Hickel

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Dadamac operates from a place outside the established International Development community, so the perspective I have tends to be disconnected from “normal” (large NGO) approaches. For this reason I welcome an article  on The Death of International Development  by Jason Hickel, who is an anthropologist at the London School of Economics. His emphasis is different… Read more »

Language and thought – this time “growth” and “development”

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Language and thought are closely connected, and we struggle to wordify what we are thinking in ways that others will understand.  Words with the meaning sucked out illustrated this problem with the example of “co-design”. This post, where Eric Michael Johnson interviews Fritjof Capra, illustrates the problem again, this time with “growth” and “development” (my… Read more »

Words with the meaning sucked out

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Thanks to Sean McDougall for this explanation of something I’ve often experienced, but couldn’t wordify. It happens repeatedly in innovative areas of my life  – i.e. the way that useful words get the meaning sucked out. His example is co-design: Co-design, it seemed to us, created opportunities for designers to push suppliers and consumers to… Read more »

George Por, a community knowledge garden and Dadamac UK-Africa

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This post by George Por (with my italics) provides context for ideas I’m exploring through Dadamac’s UK-Africa work regarding: the creation of an information commons preparing for organisational growth as a Teal organisation the relevance of pattern language Enlivening Edge – Introduction to the January 2016 Issue (snip) Learning innovation We would like to develop, in… Read more »

Living A Mindful Life – By: Kiara Jewel Lingo

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I like this practical explanation of mindfulness in “normal daily life” Living A Mindful Life – By Kiara Jewel Lingo: I am so grateful for the practice of mindfulness! Over and over I find that I don’t know how much I need to stop until I stop. In the midst of all the busyness of… Read more »

Deep concerns related to unskilled volunteerism

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My unusual vantage point regarding UK-Africa connections and collaborations has caused me to be have some deep concerns related to unskilled volunteerism (I acknowledge the value of skilled volunteers). The articles below, with my italics, illustrate some of the issues. The source is The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network A space for NGOs, aid workers… Read more »