Before I Die Network (BIDN)

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The vision behind the Before I Die Network (BIFN) is  best understood through a heartfelt blog written by the founder Olivia Comberti in November 2015 –  On running an organisation that supports people to find their life direction, while losing sight of your own Elsewhere the Before I Die Network is variously described as: “A… Read more »

The difference between time and attention

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Thanks to Andy Broomfield for drawing my attention to this. Sums it up perfectly. Thanks to Jason Fried for wordifying this common experience. What’s the difference between time and attention? A lot. Written by Jason Fried. I recently realized that if I’m too busy to take something on, I shouldn’t say “I don’t have the… Read more »

Patterns of change ref development actors

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It is always encouraging to read words from high-profile people which overlap Dadamac’s ideas and practical work. The post below is extracted from “We need to radically rethink how we help refugees” by David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy – the italics are mine. We need to radically rethink how we help refugees (snip) Instead of… Read more »

#Dadamac response to “Five reasons donors give for not funding local NGOs directly”

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It’s impossible to gain support for a solution to a problem until people believe that the problem exists. Dadamac Foundation offers a solution to a problem that has been hidden, and is now becoming increasingly visible and mainstream. The post quoted below was originally published on the Guardian Global Development Professionals Network on Monday 9… Read more »

Systems thinking, sociology, communication and Dadamac’s ICT4D emphasis

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In Dadamac, when it comes to ICT4D (Information and Communication Technology for Development) we have an unusual emphasis regarding the “C for Communication”. I’m interested to see a complementary viewpoint in the post by Alice Junqueira on Complexity, Systems Thinking and Sociology quoted below: Quotes: When it comes to complexity and sustainability we often come across… Read more »

Dadamac Day 2015 – learning to share our stories

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Dadamac Day 2015 was about stories – not made-up stories, not stories-with-spin, but authentic, straight-from-the-heart-stories of vision, selflessness and stubborn determination. Dadamac Day 2015 was also about learning how to tell those stories, because people who have stories to tell aren’t always the best people to tell those stories.  Dadamac Day 2015 addressed that issue…. Read more »

Dadamac Day 2015 – and before

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Dadamac Day is an annual celebration of a UK-Africa collaboration. Every year is different. All Dadamac Days are special to us but some are more remarkable than others – such as Dadamac Days in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2014 – and this year’s which is happening on Monday November 9th. Here are some Dadamac Day highlights…. Read more »

Holacracy — and Dadamac’s future direction

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I’m excited about the possibility of using Holacracy in Dadamac, as we transition from a network to an organisation. Nikki Fishman and I have both been to Holacracy training days, and I went to a session last week  to remind myself — Let’s get a feel for Holacracy in action — http://www.meetup.com/ResponsiveLeaders-London-Our-first-meetup/events/224761666/?a=uc1_vm&read=1&_af=event&_af_eid=224761666&https=off There is a website for things… Read more »