T4S and FASST, rockets and time-machines

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Dear Jon. Thank you for your analogy of FASST as a “wonderful rocket ship”  – with related concerns and questions regarding its practicality. They are all perfectly valid and most helpful. In fact they are similar to the questions Sally asked me in her role as FASST facilitator in our Skype call earlier this week…. Read more »

Evolutionary purpose, callings, beliefs and passions

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Hi Brent. Regarding evolutionary purpose you asked for our thoughts on the final sentence in this quote: “For organizations like Fitzii, the purpose of the company isn’t dictated from above, or ever set in stone. Rather, the purpose is considered to be evolving as the organization evolves. In this view, no one “creates” the purpose…. Read more »

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development By Craig Valters

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Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development By Craig Valters The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. My new JSRP paper,… 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 »

#Dadamac and “Lifecycle of Emergence” by M Wheatley and D Freize

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Dadamac is an example of emergence. The article on Lifecycle of Emergence describes what we are experiencing, and shines light on why we believe that we will have major impact. As the authors state “Change begins as local actions spring up simultaneously in many different areas. If these changes remain disconnected, nothing happens beyond each… Read more »

Let’s get real about International Development

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Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! is a wonderful, humorous reality-check about top-down International Development  “interventions” for “beneficiaries”. What he says in an entertaining way is what I often have on my heart, but can’t share the same way. I had a hunch where his first story was going, because a… Read more »

Steps towards critical mass and International Development disruption

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Dadamac is small and it is disruptive. In a previous post I explained that: Dadamac’s UK-Africa work operates in similar areas of need  to those officially targeted by traditional top-down International Development “interventions”, but not in similar ways.  The starting points are different, the drivers are different and, crucially, our use of disruptive technology, the… 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 »