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Blog about learning/change, facilitation, systems: small groups and large scale processes, and poverty/power/progress.


September 2011 Blog Posts (6)

Culturally sensitive anti-corruption?

I have lived in different cultures for more than half of my life. It has changed me in many ways; see for instance my blogpost about Facilitator Certification. Not only I have changed, my native country, The Netherlands, has changed too. The Dutch politics are beyond me these days, and I also find people much more stressed. When I stand in line in the supermarket to pay for…


Added by Lucia Nass on September 29, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Output –v- Outcome

The term “outcome” is probably the most misunderstood term in the International Development field.  Either that or it becomes the most misused term in international development and I would prefer to think it is the former rather than the latter, because the latter would imply an intent that serves no-one at all.

Mind you, the ID field is not alone when it comes to misunderstanding the term outcome.  To put it simply – if you produce something, that is an output.  An outcome occurs as…


Added by Russell Lewis on September 26, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Facilitating access to knowledge - a climate change example

This new Climate Planning site brings together over all sorts of tools for climate change planning. Although it is focused on tools for policy makers, it does include sub-national/community/human rights based tools like CARE's Climate Vulnarability and Capacity Assessment Handbook.

I'm blogging about this site for two reasons:

  1. It’s a great example of how to make a large variety of knowledge/toolkits easily…

Added by Lucia Nass on September 26, 2011 at 8:08 — No Comments

Learning the how is not enough

I first posted this at The Broker Online - but felt that it was suitable for this site as well.


As international development practitioners and organisations, we should be more insistent on incorporating more underlying essential skills development that enables effective institutional development, sustainable capacity building, widespread community involvement and improved human wellbeing.

Are our capacity building models adequate for the task of improving human…


Added by Russell Lewis on September 25, 2011 at 9:04 — 1 Comment

Making sense of varying perspectives among professionals

A literature review by chance2sustain on water governance approaches made me think about my ‘building professional bridges’ quest from the angle of differing perspectives.

I had been exploring two broad perspectives categories so far, that of the conservation/ecosystems (ecosystems based approaches to climate change) and the development/empowerment communities (community based approaches to climate change). Of course such… Continue

Added by Lucia Nass on September 21, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments

Bellagio Initiative: Human Wellbeing for All

The Broker is leading an online discussion on the Bellagio Initiative. In a nutshell this initiative aims to rethink development and phylanthrophy for the 21st century. In this blog, I answer some of the questions:


  • Should growth end?
  • What to make of increasing conflicts, and how to act?
  • Why is the Aid Industry…

Added by Lucia Nass on September 16, 2011 at 7:56 — No Comments

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