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Bias, B*******, Broad thinking, Balance pp 11-20

What are your biases as you approach your problem? Do you think technology is the answer to every problem? Do you think everything needs to be thrown out and you have to start from ground zero?

B*******: Is someone selling you a line? Are they trying to…

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 10:39pm

Game 1: Local Insight

I think local insight is tremendously important. People have to have a stake in creating and owning the solutions to their problems. It doesn't work to impose solutions from outside. I think one of the best examples of this recently has been Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It's the people he recruits in Pakistan and Afghanistan who direct and control the mission of CAI. The story is… Continue

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 7:00am

Imagine 1

When Alchemy calls me in 2020, I'll be in Somalia working with a group of people who came through my community college classroom as refugees from Somalia and a new group of students from around the world just getting started. The former will have become nurses, doctors, teachers, engineers, and anything else they wanted to be. We will be building a new school for a rural community.

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 6:06am


I chose Ann Cotton, founder of the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED). I can follow Camfed projects on their website. However, I also sent Ms. Cotton an email asking if I could shadow her.

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 5:35am

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At 7:52pm on March 13, 2010, Barbara Silas said…
Continuation of origin motivation story:

After lunch I survey the plants I have laid aside. I dig and haul aged compost and manure to the bed, cultivating and raking it. I replant the herbs I've salvaged from the grass and weeds, laying out the pattern of the garden with them. These are the tough plants that can hold a line, defend a border from encroaching grass. They are also the invaders if they turn inward, so they must be constrained with barriers, brick and stone and plastic.

I think about how I move through the garden. Where do I need a stepping stone? I think about the sun. What grows tall and will shade it's northern neighbors? I think about my neighbors. What will the birds and bees and butterflies like? They give my garden motion and sound. What will be green or red or interesting or useful all winter when the annuals fade? Slowly the pattern emerges. The rosemary anchors the center. I mark out spaces where this herb and that vegetable will go. A tomato here with basil around its feet. The permanent asparagus bed here with a border of marigolds. This part is annual, that is perennial. Some spaces will change with the season and the year and experimental whim. Some will be permanent anchors, giving continuity and form.

At the end of the day a skeleton has taken form in space and imagination. The patterns have started to coalesce. Much depends on what I have and what I can find. Tomorrow the evolution will continue.

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