The Impossible Dream?

16 May

At training for my new job, we spent an afternoon exploring gender issues and gender analysis strategies. This animated video from 1983 by the United Nations was played for us to generate some discussion.

I think that it highlights the double work-load that many women face, and how some women may feel like they are stuck with an impossible dream. It also made me realize two things:
1) How far some families have moved from her reality, and;
2) How many families’ reality is still the same as the video.

What do you think? Can we achieve the impossible dream in our lifetime?



23 Jul

Check out this amazing video from the INDEVOURS Global Gala! This event was my baby this term. There were 52 guests in attendance and we raised over $3200! Thank you to everyone that was part of this amazing event.


“Leading with Lollipops”

19 Jun

We all love TED, so check out this TEDxToronto video!

I really like this video, and I am intrigued by the idea of thinking as leadership as influencing one person. When I first saw this video, I thought about how this concept can be applied to development. Initially, I thought that it is just a way for people in the field to feel better about themselves and their work. But then I thought about my work with Zikomo Bags, and I realized that I can completely apply this idea. Zikomo Bags currently works with 11 women. But these 11 women have learned valuable sewing skills, and 2 of them are now teaching a course on sewing and tailoring. What can their students accomplish? These 11 women can now more easily afford to send their children to school. What can their children accomplish? The lollipops just keep getting passed along.

Leading with Lollipops really can work. It is also a great way to maintain hope and optimism in the often discouraging field of development.

Do you like the idea of leading with lollipops? Is it more effective for people working in the field of development, or for the people receiving development aid? Or is it just a “hokey” idea that is best left to Orientation Leaders?


More on Robocalls

19 Mar

Here is an add-on to my post about robocalls… because I love Rick Mercer and he sums it up perfectly.