You know what the funny thing about blogs is? You can’t plan them ahead, but if you don’t plan them they just bleed to death. At least, that’s our experience. Do you think web2.0 stuff creates new opportunities? That by using web2.0 tools, you’ll...▶
I was recently reminded of an older debate we used to have during my anthropology studies, a debate about the MDGs. Actually, not an old debate at all, but rather a never ending one, as was shown during this month's summit on the MDGs, with lively...▶
What did you do today?I wrote a text and did some editing. What is the text about?The text is a sort of guideline for organizations on how to deal with knowledge. Do they not know how to deal with knowledge?Well… I guess they do. But maybe I know...▶
Okay, so I am not that much into the whole development thingy right now – mostly working with large business in the maritime industry. This looks like an entirely different branch, but the main difference is that people design ships instead of dev...▶
I was reading some of the posts of the Global green economics blog, and was triggered by the comments on indigenous knowledge. Many people see indigenous knowledge as a vital part for revitalizing our “western” vision on nature and the connection...▶
My idea was to do something good for the world, to make a difference. Not to work in a sector that ravels in self-indulgent misery, wondering if the project we, or one of our local partners, did two years ago contributed to our indicator… let alo...▶
As the second – and last – day of this conference is coming to an end, people are discussing in small groups how to practically deal with complexity. What will they take home? What will they be doing with all the ideas that emerged, the recommenda...▶
In the train, on my way back home, I reflected on today’s keynote speeches. Somehow, I found them a bit contradictory while, at the same time, they matched perfectly. Perhaps it’s mostly the 'setting the boundaries' by David Snowden that caused my...▶
Reflecting on the first day of the conference, it might be easy to say that the main message is rather complex. But then, as both of the keynote speakers agreed, not everything is complex because we, as human beings, create order. So let me try an...▶
Looking forward to this conference about complexity, it might be useful to get back to the basic and simple questions. We are talking about complexity, everything is complex, and we need to be strategic to deal with complex issues, and so on. What...▶
Pepijn Jansen has an educational background in cultural anthropology and international development. His anthropological specialization was/is in cultural and ethnic politics, but after his studies he has expended his horizon and worked with (online) communication, facilitation of workshops, monitoring and evaluation. His experience is mainly in the field of international development. He worked with dissidents in Cuba; indigenous movements in Guatemala and Ecuador; local NGOs in South Africa; worldwide forums in Turkey and maritime industry, tax-offices and (political) refugees in the Netherlands.
He feels that somehow, someway, the development sector could do better. Maybe not a unique thought, but at least a challenging one. And he also thinks that most people who say they have found a way of making the development sector better, well, mainly found a way of selling their new concepts. That’s why Pepijn will not be selling any concepts, approaches, new processes or methods here, but rather will try to give a refreshing and somewhat critical view on all that new and improved stuff other people come up with. He writes for The Broker's 'Treehuggers Treadmill' blog.