The task was simple; Don’t reinvent the wheel.
It’s easier said than done, but this is what I attempted to do when I began working with the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) in Cape Town to help conceptualize an online community.
At the end of last year, The Barefoot Guide that CDRA helped to produce had been downloaded over 50,000 times and has been widely lauded by people and organizations engaged in…
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 3, 2011 at 5:57pm — No Comments
“I am so tired w/ dealing w/ ‘Grassroots’ organizations here in #haiti Unfortunately grassroots=no brains +no money”My unanswered response to this frustrated aid worker went something like this:
“Generalities of “no capacity” perpetuated about grassroots organizations does not do…Continue
Poetry is a medium that helps me make meaning of my experiences, my thoughts and feelings, which is something we are called to do continuously as development practitioners. It’s a tool I often privately call upon when faced with the inevitable doubts, and triumphs, and heartaches of this work.
Inspired by Dennis Whittle’s recent post on Poetry and Development, emboldened by Saundra Schimmelpfennig…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 25, 2011 at 12:42am — No Comments
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on December 14, 2010 at 6:16pm — No Comments
"‘The system’ whereby foreign donors give handouts, and not sustainable initiatives that are drawn from the needs of the communities, is a problem.” ~R.F.M., ZimbabweThis post is a continuation of the small series I started in August entitled “Changing the System,” which pulls together quotations from about 150 of my former colleagues, friends, and acquaintances around the world who… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 22, 2010 at 11:37pm — No Comments
Excerpts from: The Barefoot Collective. (2009). The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organizations and Social Change. Cape Town: Community Development Resource Association.
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 13, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the qualities of deeds. ~Elie Wiesel
In starting up how-matters.org, I’ve entered into a new relationship. As in all new…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 31, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 30, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments