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    How to keep development programs grounded in the local

    It should be a question we reflect on with frequency in any good development organization. Are we truly keeping things grounded in the local? Do our programs reflect the beneficiaries’ thoughts, hopes and ideas in a real way? Are they the drivers of their own social change? Are we who live and work in developing

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    Citizen Journalism empowers us to be Social Detectives

    Citizen Journalism is an alternative communications tool where the reporters themselves are the protagonists, processing and dissemination content through alternative means such as social and digital networks and collaborative environments. This summer, I received a scholarship to join an 11-day Citizen Journalism course with the youth movement organization Global Platform in El Salvador. Global Platform offers courses that empower

  • SERES Youth Facilitator César Recínos, pictured left, adds his voice to the 200+ organizations that gathered to plan for COP22 in Morocco in November, 2016.

    SERES Facilitator joins Vulnerable Central America COP 22 planning meeting in Honduras

    Berta Cáceres, a 44-year old environmental activist from Honduras, was tragically murdered in March 2016 for her environmental activism. Throughout her life and in her death, she brought to light on a global scale the deep environmental and social challenges that continue on in Central America. Central America, a resource-rich and beautiful land stretching from

  • A Book Review of The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-first Century

    The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-first Century Editor, Carol S. Pearson, Author of Awakening the Heroes Within How I love this book! Today our world’s leaders are caught in a dark storm of criticism, doubt, corruption, fear, disappearing borders and calls for walls. Add to that the proliferation of dangerous weapons,

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    How a youth leadership program creates change-makers in 3 days

    When teenagers meet for the first time in a group setting, the result is the same, even in rural Guatemala.  It’s the beginning of day 1 of the SERES “ACTIVATE” workshop that aims to inform and empower youth to change their world for the better. The girls are huddled together in small clusters, giggling quietly as