Multi-stakeholder alliances: learning to see the world through the eyes of the others

Multi-stakeholder alliances: learning to see the world through the eyes of the others

Six blind Hindustani men set out to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the animal’s body. The first man approached the elephant, and happening to fall against his broad side, at once called out, "The elephant is very much like a wall!" The second, feeling the tusk, cried, "What we have here is so very round and smooth and sharp that it is mighty clear the elephant is very like a spear!" The third happened to take the squirming trunk within his hands and said, "My God, the elephant is very much like a snake!" The fourth reached out an eager hand and felt the animal’s knee. He said, “It’s clear enough the elephant is very like a tree!" The fifth, who happened to touch the ear, said, "Even the blindest man can tell the fact that an elephant is very much like a fan!" The sixth seized on the swinging tail. "I see," he said, "the elephant is very much like a rope!" And so, these Hindustani men disputed loud and long, though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong. (This parable is attributed to Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and teacher of Sufism.)
miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017/Author: Francisco Larra Bujalance/Number of views (5345)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Getting Smart at the Sandpit

Getting Smart at the Sandpit

By Brigit Helms and Maggie Dugan

The large Mexican city of Guadalajara is a thriving commercial center and home to 1.5 million people. But nearly 24,000 homes in Guadalajara have only a dirt floor and lack access to indoor plumbing and sanitation services. To tackle the challenge of people living without access to basic services in a large metropolitan area, 25 experts from different professions assembled a few months ago for a 5-day immersive workshop called a “Sandpit,” held in the community center in Guadalajara’s neighborhood of Zapopan.
martes, 3 de enero de 2017/Author: Brigit Helms/Number of views (6097)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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What would you do with $2.2 trillion dollars?

What would you do with $2.2 trillion dollars?

By Elizabeth  Boggs Davidsen and Charmain Love

The groundswell of businesses that want to be more purposeful and work alongside government and civil society organizations means that we should dream bigger about how to solve some of the biggest challenges the world faces today. And maybe money isn’t an excuse anymore, given a report by the New York Times (in the United States) and research by Grant Thornton (in the United Kingdom), showing that the balance sheets of companies in these two countries alone have $2.2 trillion in cash waiting to be used. 

jueves, 15 de diciembre de 2016/Author: Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen/Number of views (7178)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Se vienen los mutantes del desarrollo…y nos importa

Se vienen los mutantes del desarrollo…y nos importa

Los mutantes son organismos que mutan debido a un cambio en su estructura o su composición.  En el mundo del desarrollo ya empezamos a reconocer a los mutantes que, lenta pero inexorablemente, empiezan a competir en el espacio históricamente reservado para las Instituciones Financieras Internacionales (IFIs).  ¿Cómo entender estos cambios?, ¿cómo aprovechar a los mutantes para mejorar la vida de la gente en América Latina y el Caribe?   

miércoles, 7 de diciembre de 2016/Author: Marcelo Cabrol/Number of views (7708)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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How women-led entrepreneurship can crush social and economic exclusion

How women-led entrepreneurship can crush social and economic exclusion

This is Paloma. Paloma is an 11-year-old Guatemalan girl. And she is my daughter. Honestly, I'm afraid for her future.
Michelle Obama told us, "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens."
miércoles, 23 de noviembre de 2016/Author: Brigit Helms/Number of views (6942)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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