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.…

My take on the “Single Story”

There is something so obvious, so rudimentary, but resonating louder and louder each day…. Our understanding of the outside world is limited to only our experiences. This created many single stories for me as a victim and as a perpetrator. I’ll only discuss my view as a perpetrator in this post. There is something to…

Poverty: The Whole Shebang

It’s rare when talk on transnational planning does not involve or raise the issue of poverty. Come to think of it, within a country or local planning department too, income brackets are significant. Planning rhetoric on gentrification is but one example. But I’m talking about the word as it relates to international development/planning. This week, arguments…

“Secondly, I’d Like To Begin By Saying…”

NOTE: All quotes, unless specified otherwise, were made by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’ve just finished watching Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story”, an amazing discourse on the dangers of only seeing a person, or a group of people, in a single light and the ills that are perpetuated…