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Jennifer Lentfer's Blog – March 2011 Archive (5)

Trying to Quit

An analogy occurred to me recently:



Imagine that your best friend is quitting smoking. This is something you’ve really wanted her to do for a long time, as you’ve seen the teeth darken and heard the hacking cough for too long now.



So after much soul searching and commitment on your best friend’s part, she takes the first step on their journey. She reduces the number of cigarettes she smokes per day by three! She has been smoking a pack a day.



It has required…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 27, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

10 principles to help aid workers thrive

(Cross-posted from Satori Worldwide)



After years of working in overseas development and seeing many well-intentioned work-life balance policies fall flat, it’s not surprising that many of us became cynical about the prospect of living healthy, balanced lives in the field.



Top-down prescriptions can only go so far to help—it’s up to you to make sure you are getting… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 23, 2011 at 10:17am — No Comments

Nothing to Offer

The storm that has devastated Japan is hardly past. But as charities appeal and the public offers up their support, I cannot help but think of the three friends in southern Africa,…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 18, 2011 at 8:46am — No Comments

The wisdom of dlalanathi: Reflections on organizational growth

A former colleague recently shared with me a report from dlalanathi (meaning “play with us” in isiZulu), an organization in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa that trains and mentors local community carers of children to use play to have meaningful conversations with children about death.



Founded in December 2000, dlalanathi has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. dlalanathi’s annual budget went from US$3,784.00 in 2000… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 17, 2011 at 9:44am — No Comments

Did I fund Organization X?

Posting this report from Organization X in Zimbabwe and asking my readers, “Would YOU fund this organization?” was about one thing for me:



Assumptions.



We all have them. Yet I find as aid workers and do-gooders, we don’t get nearly enough opportunities to surface them.



The fact that I would have to examine my own assumptions and explain how they’ve transformed over the… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 11, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

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