Archive for 2009

Alchemy of Opposites

Posted by Bob Stilger on December 19, 2009

I thought when I headed off to southern Africa in early November, I would have a spacious time for reflection, learning, and writing here.  That wasn’t the case.  I was engaged in pretty much non-stop work in various systems.  AND, because I went with the intention of reflecting and learning, I carried that spirit into Read full post

Fear at the beginning

Posted by Lynnaea Lumbard on December 3, 2009

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A New Zimbabwe Emerging

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 15, 2009

I arrived in Zimbabwe several days ago, my first visit this year.  Since before Kufunda Learning Village was a glimmer in the heartmind of its founder, I have been journeying here.  When people ask what I do at and with Kufunda it is often with a typical assumption of people in the global north that Read full post

Evaluations and Outcomes: Working with Emergent Processes

Posted by Bob Stilger on October 16, 2009

One of the great challenges of the kind of work I and others are doing is figuring out how to measure our progress. We often have fundors involved who want to know what our metrics are, but more importantly our communities themselves need to know if their efforts are effective. All to often our work Read full post

Language of Listening

Posted by Bob Stilger on October 15, 2009

Last night I was having dinner with an old friend, Francesca Firstwater. We were catching up on our lives and our work. Francesca is one of those remarkable people who has led a life of service. No drum rolls or trumpets — she just quietly shows up and discovers how she can serve. Right now Read full post

St. Luke’s Health Initiatives

Posted by Bob Stilger on September 8, 2009

Yesterday I was preparing for a phone call with the St. Luke’s Health Initiatives in Phoenix. They’ve invited me to participate in their December annual conference as a “not-expert” giving a “not-keynote.” After reading through the notes from their recent planning meetings, my attention went to the website to deepen my understanding of what they are Read full post

Powers of Place

Posted by Bob Stilger on August 25, 2009

One of the initiatives I’m currently working on is Powers of Place, developed by Sheryl Erickson, Renee Levi and a host of others with funding from the Fetzer Institute. The Powers of Place Initiative is a partnership of individuals, organizations and sites catalyzing a new field of study and practice based on the premise that Read full post