The idea of solutions emerging through responses to locally perceived problems sounds basic. It is, however, potentially revolutionary for designers of externally influenced institutional reform.” (p. 150)
Matt Andrew’s book on the Limits of Institutional Reform in Development is the kind of book only students or academics would read, by its cover. Yet it would be a pity if this book didn’t reach the hands of development professionals. Continue reading “The limits of institutional reform in development: a book review”
I finally got around to reading the latest edition of Organizational Culture and Leadership by Edgar Schein which had been lying on my office desk for ages. And as often with my reading choices, they are not at all the result of pure chance but always seem to find a way to connect to recent readings or experiences I’ve had. Continue reading “Organizational culture and leadership: a book review”
Last week I took a 3-day training in participatory leadership, which is how the European institutions have repackaged the ‘Art of Hosting’ approach.
I had wanted to join this training for a couple of years now but never had the chance to do so due to conflicting priorities. Now that I moved to the European Commission, it was an opportunity too good to miss. And right I was! Continue reading “Participatory leadership and the Art of Hosting: a personal and collective journey”
I’ve read The Social Labs Revolutions by Zaid Hassan over the weekend, and while I still need to fully assimilate the many interesting arguments and examples in the book, I already wanted to offer a book review on what I consider to be an extremely timely issue, with the Climate Summit in Paris going on at the moment (aka COP21) and the recent adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the international community. Continue reading “The Social Labs Revolution: another way of dealing with complex social problems”
I bought The Innovator’s Method in Austin during SxSW and it took me a while to finish it, not because it’s not good, but because it’s the kind of book you can read, drop to test a couple of statements or assumptions, and pick up again to read on. Continue reading “The Innovator’s Method: A book review”