Stars 
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 08:57 PM - Poetry and Writing
There were only two left:
the word and the hand.
The hand could not hold the word
The word could not read the hand.
But a star chattered to them one night.
If you are right, then one of us is not needed.
What if both of us are true?
Then we donít need to be two.
What if we arenít really two?
Then one of us is dead.
What if both of us are dead?
Then there is no need for stars.


Published in THIS Magazine, January 2012.

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Arusha Savings Group Summit 
Sunday, October 9, 2011, 09:37 AM - The Solidarity Economy & Microfinance


Some graphic facilitation at the plenary.



Does Microfinance Work? Does it do more Harm than Good? 
Saturday, August 13, 2011, 09:13 PM - The Solidarity Economy & Microfinance
Microfinance has come into the news lately, in part because of this new book and in part, because there are issues with some microfinance programs. Microfinance is often part of the financial sectors that have gotten themselves in a mess. Like them, there is over lending, over leveraging and just plain bad management. I've seen some of these. But I've also seen some powerful examples of what microfinance can do. Check out SEWA Bank on my links, for example. 800,000 women in a trade union with a cooperative, small scale pharmacies, literacy, marketing, producer and service cooperatives. They even offer pension schemes and daily savings collection. Most of these incredibly savvy and resourceful women are illiterate. Much of my work has been with savings groups and cooperatives but I've also seen some very effective microfinance programs. KixiCredito, Angola, also on my links is one of these examples. Polarizations are provocative but in the real world, it's messier and more complex. There is always good, bad and ugly. But don't take my word for it. Ask the women themselves.

Click on the Related Link below for an interview that I did with the Halifax Media Coop on these issues.
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Paddling in Keji 
Monday, August 1, 2011, 10:07 AM - Outdoor adventure


Arts in Transformative Learning 
Monday, August 1, 2011, 09:54 AM - Adult and Popular Education
Peter Taylor (IDRC formerly IDS, University of Sussex) and I just finished an article on the transformative potential of arts in learning and social change. It draws on examples of poetry, creative writing and experiences of innovative practice shared by adult educators through an e-forum from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. The paper provides a conceptual frame to explore tensions in adult learning between the mytho-poetic and the critical-rational, and between the individual and the collective. It will be published in the Journal of Adult and Contiuing Education in October.Contact me if you'd like a copy.



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