Showing posts from November, 2012

Links & Contents I Liked 53

Hello all,

This week's links focus is on a slightly broader range of development-related topics from fighting censorship to unpaid care-giving, another new development professional network, Canada's policy shift to 'mining for peace and prosperity' (actual title of the policy document may be different), foreign policy lobbying in the U.S., a slightly unsatisfying TedX talk on listening, how the Avon model is reinvented in developing countries, the burning question of what consultants do ('fifty percent of the job is nodding your head at whatever’s being said, thirty percent of it is just sort of looking good, and the other twenty percent is raising an objection but then if you meet resistance, then dropping it')....and L-O-V-E ;)!


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Book review: The Golden Fleece-Manipulation & Independence in Humanitarian Action

We Fight Censorship (WeFC) is a Reporters Without Borders project that aims to combat censo…

The Golden Fleece (book review)

I firmly believe that in our fast-paced development communication world of blog posts, TedX talks and nightly Twitter discussions and despite crisis calls from traditional publishers, books will continue to play an important role in reflecting on and learning about development. In many ways, The Golden Fleece: Manipulation and Independence in Humanitarian Action is a very good example of what’s right about today’s academic publishing industry.
There are two main reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed the book: First, the chapters and case studies come with a detailed historical framework – something that is all too often overlooked when making an argument for something ‘new’ or different or the latest approach on how to ‘solve’ a development-related problem.
Second, the book is well-edited – which is a tricky thing to achieve when you have a collection of 12 chapters and which quite a few books do not manage as they end up as published conference proceedings. But let’s look at the contents …

Links & Contents I Liked 52

Hello all,

As a ground-breaking Thanksgiving change to the link review I have reversed the order this week and start with interesting insights from Academiabefore moving on to Anthropology and finally Development!
It is worth the scrolling as there are many interesting nuggets on learning styles, the curious case of the academic job market, transformational leader, peer coaching, social entrepreneurisms blind spots, great book reviews and insights from the epic Twitter conversation between @JeffDSachs and the rest of the twittering development research universe ;)!


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Links & Contents I Liked 51

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This looks like a nice link round-up of the week. There are 'development news' featuring interesting reports and more factual stuff, followed by 'development opinion'-from a 'polemic against NGOs' to 'Peace Corps Guilt', thought leadership and non-development topics such as a critique of Teach First USA and reflections on the 'high-quality compost' left over after an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in California. Finally, there's more on the question whether 'online courses spell the end of the traditional university' and how (academic) community engagement looks a lot like development (or the other way round?!)...


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Is Coca-Cola a social enterprise now? Why ‘development’ needs to be more critical with global corporations
If you visit Coca-Cola's new website you may think that you arrived at some philanthropic endeavor, a social enterprise or foundation maybe.
No matter how appealing social …