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Can We Know Better?

Can We Know Better?

  • Author: Robert Chambers
  • Publisher: Practical Action
  • ISBN: 9781853399442
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 210
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This book is intended for all who are committed to human wellbeing and who want to make our world fairer, safer and more fulfilling for everyone, especially those who are "last." It argues that to do better we need to know better. It provides evidence that what we believe we know in international development is often distorted or unbalanced by errors, myths, biases and blind spots. Undue weight has been attached to standardized methodologies such as randomized control trials, systematic reviews, and competitive bidding: these are shown to have huge transaction costs which are rarely if ever recognized in their enormity. Robert Chambers contrasts a Newtonian paradigm in which the world is seen and understood as controllable with a paradigm of complexity which recognizes that the real world of social processes and power relations is messy and unpredictable. To confront the challenges of complex and emergent realities requires a revolutionary new professionalism. This is underpinned by a new combination of canons of rigor expressed through eclectic methodological pluralism and participatory approaches which reverse and transform power relations. Promising developments include rapid innovations in participatory ICTs, participatory statistics, and the Reality Check Approach with its up-to-date and rigorously grounded insights. Fundamental to the new professionalism, in every country and context, are reflexivity, facilitation, groundtruthing, and personal mindsets, behavior, attitudes, empathy and love. Robert Chambers surveys the past world of international development, and his own past views, with an honest and critical eye, and then launches into the world of complexity with a buoyant enthusiasm. He draws on almost six decades of experience in varied roles in Africa, South Asia and elsewhere as practitioner, trainer, manager, teacher, evaluator and field researcher, also working in UNHCR and the Ford Foundation. He is a Research Associate and Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, his base for many years. Can We Know Better? is essential reading for researchers and students of development, for policy makers and evaluators, and for all those working towards the better world of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Keepers of the Way

Keepers of the Way

  • Author: Rob McCord
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 0998456101
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 276
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Jesus calls Himself -the Way, - and calls to us, -Follow me.- But today it can seem this call is drowned out in a din of competing voices, or twisted by half-truths, or simply forgotten by once faithful followers. Is this call, this Way, still relevant? And what does keeping to it now look like? Keeping to the Way means joining the resistance by signing up to be a person of self-discipline and self-control, fleeing temptation, and choosing to develop in character. It means fueling the rebellion against this world and its mold by refusing to conform, subverting godless philosophies, and escaping society's gravitational pull. It means advancing the revolution of Christ by spreading His good news, righting injustices, and filling this world with love and truth one heart and mind at a time. The Way of Jesus is a good and true and beautiful, humble and wise, ancient Way that provides a sure path for us today. The invitation to follow that Way is for everyone, everywhere, every day.

Sticky Faith Service Guide

Sticky Faith Service Guide

Moving Students from Mission Trips to Missional Living

  • Author: Kara E. Powell,Brad M. Griffin
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • ISBN: 0310524210
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
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Anyone who serves teenagers today knows that more and more young people are eager to make a difference in the world. When students participate in short-term missions, service, and justice causes, parents and youth leaders hope these experiences will lead to real transformation. But research shows that our efforts don’t always stick. If we truly want short-term work to translate into long-term change, leaders and students must spend more time before, during, and after service projects preparing for and processing their experiences. The sessions in this leader’s guide will help you create experiences that stick—both for the students you take and the communities you serve. This guidebook offers a host of practical and field-tested exercises for each phase of your experience, whether it’s a half-day local service project or a two-week trip overseas. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences to gain new insights about themselves, their relationship with God, their teammates, and the world we’re called to love and serve. Each of these steps is a catalyst in helping students apply what they have learned in the field to their own lives back at home. Also included are ideas to help get parents and the whole church engaged in service together. A companion student journal is also available to boost the potential for personal application throughout the journey.

Awaken to Joy

Awaken to Joy

  • Author: Laura Erdman-Luntz
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1462812120
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 135
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“In today’s over-busy, over-fed, under-rested and competitive world, we all need the clear wisdom we find in Awaken to Joy. Thanks, Laura, for showing the way.” ~ Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, PT What if joy was tangible...with specific, easily defined steps you could take to create it for yourself? It is! What if we could shift our attitude by just making some small changes in what we do in our every day? You can! This book is your guide to helping you move beyond the ordinary and showing you how to bring greater peace into your life, creating more open and loving relationships with your friends and family, finding harmony with your co-workers and joy in your work, and bringing more patience, love, and compassion to your relationship with your spouse and children. Now is the time to feel more joy in your life! Each chapter gives you an area of your life to consider, including ideas for deepening your study and discussion questions to use if you have a group with which you are reading the book. The author also has online assistance for you such as free, weekly quotes and free ebooks to further inspire you. You can also register for the online program and receive a weekly eNewsletter with more ideas for cultivating your joyful nature! Check www.AwakenToJoyProgram.com for more information. To learn more about the author, go to: www.MuseLaura.com

Enter His Gates

Enter His Gates

  • Author: Christina Corbitt
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1483623165
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 584
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My husband Patrick is a minister, and we were married in 1993. We’ve learned that God can be trusted. Through a storm in our lives, God worked in marvelous ways. When we needed encouragement, it came from Him. We now pass it on to you. This book is not about us but the Savior who saves.

Why Not Capitalism?

Why Not Capitalism?

  • Author: Jason F. Brennan
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317907876
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 114
  • View: 1414
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Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." Capitalism works better than socialism, according to this thinking, only because we are not kind and generous enough to make socialism work. If we were saints, we would be socialists. In Why Not Capitalism?, Jason Brennan attacks this widely held belief, arguing that capitalism would remain the best system even if we were morally perfect. Even in an ideal world, private property and free markets would be the best way to promote mutual cooperation, social justice, harmony, and prosperity. Socialists seek to capture the moral high ground by showing that ideal socialism is morally superior to realistic capitalism. But, Brennan responds, ideal capitalism is superior to ideal socialism, and so capitalism beats socialism at every level. Clearly, engagingly, and at times provocatively written, Why Not Capitalism? will cause readers of all political persuasions to re-evaluate where they stand vis-à-vis economic priorities and systems—as they exist now and as they might be improved in the future.

Keeping It Real in an Unreal World

Keeping It Real in an Unreal World

Staying as Real as Possible in a World of Illusion

  • Author: MICHAEL JEAN NYSTROM-SCHUT
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 141405064X
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 272
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…In this book, Keeping it Real in an Unreal World, Michael Jean Nystrom-Schut examines the reality of illusion (or the illusion of reality?). He talks about how we can come to pursue our best efforts at finding something that resembles a path through the foggy haze of an earth-dwellers life, and the fuzzy twists and turns and convolutions of existence. If our voyage is one of expectation, our reality will become just that. Its a perceptual thing; how we each perceive it is a highly individual matter. If you keep an open mind, Michael's promise is that rewards will come out of your enthusiastic reading participation. Dont assume you know anything whatsoever about real life; it goes better for us when we think of it like that. In reality, each day we start out new, and each new day presents itself with an entirely new set of illusions. In sorting out the illusions, we have the chance to make things happen in our lives. The book is presented in five sections. To begin with, in Section One the whole matter of reality and illusion is examined. The next section talks about the individual self, and what reality means to him. The third section explores reality close to home, in the lives of our mind, and with our friends and family. Section Four moves into the outer world, where a global view of reality is addressed. Finally, in the last section (Five), Michael takes on the great and perennial metaphysical questions, doing his best to apply the human notions of God and Universe to the world of the thinking self. Michael admits he is only sharing thoughts on how he narrowly see things. You will hopefully have your own spin on reality, different from everyone else in the world. Keeping it real comes in many shapes, sizes and colors. Each of us looks at it uniquely, and what you are about to experience in this book is merely one tiny sliver of reality perspective. When you are finished reading the book, it is Michael's hope that you will have given more consideration to the matter of whats real and not real for yourself. And that you will take valuable living information from it. Reality. Its a funny thing. How we negotiate our way through it goes a long ways towards whether we adapt or fail in our experiences and encounters with life. Enjoy your journey, both through the book, and through life!

Creating Better Futures

Creating Better Futures

Scenario Planning as a Tool for a Better Tomorrow

  • Author: James A. Ogilvy
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199923841
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 256
  • View: 443
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As a founder and managing director of Global Business Network, James Ogilvy helped develop the technique of scenario planning, which has become an integral part of strategic thinking in both business and government. Now Ogilvy shows how we can use this cutting-edge method for social change in our own neighborhoods. In Creating Better Futures, Ogilvy presents a profound new vision of how the world is changing--and how it can be changed for the better. Ogilvy argues that self-defined communities, rather than individuals or governments, have become the primary agents for social change. Towns, professional associations, and interest groups of all kinds help shape the future in all the ways that matter most, from schools and hospitals to urban development. The key to improvement is scenario planning--a process that draws on groups of people, both lay and expert, to draft narratives that spell out possible futures, some to avoid, some inspiring hope. Scenario planning has revolutionized both public and private planning, leading to everything from the diverse product lines that have revived the auto industry, to a timely decision by the state of Colorado to avoid pouring millions into an oil-shale industry that never materialized. But never before has anyone proposed that it be taken up by society as a whole. Drawing on years of experience in both academia and the private sector, where he developed both a keen sense of how businesses work best and an abiding passion for changing the world, James Ogilvy provides the tools we need to create better communities: better health, better education, better lives.

Be Filled with All the Fullness of God

Be Filled with All the Fullness of God

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Walter Kambulow
  • ISBN: N.A
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Elder Sign End Times Trilogy Book One: Arkham

Elder Sign End Times Trilogy Book One: Arkham

  • Author: Jennifer Stanfield
  • Publisher: Jennifer Stanfield
  • ISBN: 1311100768
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 284
  • View: 6135
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Five years ago the monstrous god Cthulhu awoke from his slumber under the sea, sending most of the world into madness. In the aftermath, terrifying creatures entered our world, a cult of human-sacrificing Cthulhu worshippers emerged, and humanity has struggled desperately to survive. Saeko, Dell, and Kelsea are three such survivors, who have lived in the underground bunker of Arkham since age 14.