(excerpted, in part, from my recently-released book, The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur) Plain speaking is not a social sector rule. It’s not even a cultural norm. As change agents, we are engulfed in gobbledygook and the poison pills of jargon, acronyms and buzzwords—a fusillade of shopworn words and vocabulary traps. Never in the history of humankind have so many words created...
How is genuine social cohesion achieved during that clunky, awkward and artificial practice of "nation building"? Whose voices must be heard and how do program administrators learn from past mistakes? Dimitra Papavassiliou offers some insights and advice for developing processes to achieve social cohesion in post-conflict contexts.
Anna Northey argues that community influencers represent the central cog in the machine that enables the success of any NGO project.
Craig Valters from ODI presents recent research on how women's participation in community justice is slowly increasing in rural Bangladesh.
Emily Nicola shares her experience of working with Opportunity International in Hyderabad, India, and expresses her hope for the future after meeting some inspirational women working to change their communities for the better.