The Dialectic: Our way forward

    One thing that we have discussed on this blog often is the idea of “what is the appropriate response?”  We write about these issues which we see in our world and we write about their consequences but we have struggled with what our response means.  How do we not fall prey to the…

When there is a disaster, what should you do?

Last week when I was heading out from church, my cell phone rang saying that there was a tornado coming. I ran to my car with my roommates, and we headed home.  A few hours later, we saw the destruction surrounding our community. As the week has gone on, there have been so many stories…

Stereotypes Harm Dignity

I came across that video today and I just had to share it.  The clip relates to how often in development work stereotypes are created for a group of people.  For example, we imagine many children in Africa as being small and underfed, which is because of the ways that the media has portrayed them.…

What is your “hierarchy” of the excluded?

What is your “hierarchy” of the excluded? A number of weeks ago, we were discussing what the different hierarchies of exclusion are. For example, one group member said: 1) Economic (if you are poor there are fewer opportunities) 2) Gender 3) Race While another said 1) Economic 2) Race 3) Gender At that point, I…