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Facing Stories

Jun 23 16

Facing Stories

In South Africa there are so many stories worth telling and sharing, and storytelling is seen as part of the culture for many people. But, as Tiffany Mugo of The Open Society Fellowship argues; “we are not good in archiving”. So it makes sense, we...

How I suddenly understood what it means to be a child of the Enlightenment

Aug 6 15

How I suddenly understood what it means to be a child of the Enlightenment

Right in the middle of our sixty minute interview, it seemed to be silent for a few minutes. I felt very uncomfortable. The question that I just asked, didn’t fit into this context. The person in front of me, a reverend, rooted in one of...

Studying organizational conversation

Oct 15 14

Studying organizational conversation

It all started in my (Suzanne) living room in Amsterdam. I think it was in January earlier this year. Mara, Joeri and me we were having a coffee, and we shared what was on our minds and what we are concerned with in our work....

Create a solid foundation to uplift youth in Mamelodi

May 8 14

Create a solid foundation to uplift youth in Mamelodi

Monday the 28th of April we’re gathered on the premises of the YMCA in the township Mamelodi, Pretoria. Four young entrepeneurs, Vusi, Cyril, Elias and Dora, are developing a young entrepreneurial society hub together with Essent and Kessels & Smit. The hub itself will be...

Sustainable Learning Revolutions

Nov 26 13

Sustainable Learning Revolutions

How foundations, trusts and NGOs can deepen their learning to create greater impact together I wonder if a few hundred years from now people will look back at our time and think: Hey, that's when we really started to learn. I don't mean...

Lessons From the Wild: Deep Capacities for Change

Oct 24 13

Lessons From the Wild: Deep Capacities for Change

Last summer I took part in a Sacred Passage programme with John P. Milton . Milton is perhaps best known for influencing people such as Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer and Joseph Jaworski with their work on change and leadership. Here, I share some of my...

'The making of the' Caleidoscopio Cards

Sep 10 13

'The making of the' Caleidoscopio Cards

The Caleidoscopio Cards , a photo set for coaching and training, are now available. The cards were designed by Frauke Schmid-Peter and Annette Gisevius , very experienced trainers who have facilitated learning processes in many intercultural settings. How did all this start? When...

Evaluating while learning: ‘The Review’ at Oxfam Novib

Jul 22 13

Evaluating while learning: ‘The Review’ at Oxfam Novib

Organizations, and in particularly in development cooperation, experience the necessity to evaluate themselves and their functioning on a regular basis. This is often a passive process of being evaluated with not much surprising results and nice reports with a mild follow up. How...
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