Ref Development and “To Hell with Good Intentions”

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Hi Katie Thanks for sending “To Hell with Good Intentions” by Ivan Illich. NB for anyone other than Katie  – the blurb for this says “An address by Monsignor Ivan Illich to the Conference on InterAmerican Student Projects (CIASP) in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on April 20, 1968. In his usual biting and sometimes sarcastic style, Illich… Read more »

Reviving Critical Modernism in Development Studies

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Hi Richard. I read your post about Reviving Critical Modernism in Development Studies. I’m encouraged by what you’ve written. I agree that it is extremely important to look critically at Issues of power, and to enable less powerful voices to be represented in the development discourse. Ref “In practice, this means seeking universals and commonalities to… Read more »

“Organising for Development” with FASST

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Hi Christopher. Following our meeting yesterday this is for reference and sharing: You and I are meeting at my place on Wednesday to continue our FASST planning. We’ll invite the other five London-based, potential FASST people in case any are free to join us. Together we’ll consider the points that Sally raised in her last… Read more »

Practical 21st Century “Big Vision” and #Dadamac

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Hi William, You asked me to put in writing the “Big Vision” that I was telling you about regarding Dadamac’s UK-Africa collaborations and our alternative, grass-roots led, approach to International development. So here goes. The Dadamac Big Vision is something fit for purpose in the 21st century. It is completely practical and every part of… 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 »

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 »