Building a world in which everyone thrives
Transformational & Empowerment Coach ~~ Writer ~~ Trainer ~~ Speaker ~~ Consultant
Works in Progress by a Practical Visionary
Beyond Toppling Tyrants:
Enliven People Power & Live Democracy
Droves of people coming to me at NGOabroad want to help Syrian refugees. I say, “Wouldn’t it be smarter to build a world with no Assads raining barrel bombs on their people?” Human rights abuses and refugees fleeing are symptoms of tyrannies. Democracy building is the antidote. I see worldwide trend of rising people power confronting “a heavy boot.” Protests are just the first step. Vision and sustained practical action are required to prevent another tyrant from popping up and forge a government which responds to the needs of the people. This is urgent as authoritarians rise all over the world. I propose how to meet this challenge.
Change-Maker: Build Skills in International Development and Social Work
Many people coming to me for career counseling at NGOabroad, are not prepared to enter international work. One, they do not know the realities on the ground – how people live in remote villages or peri-urban slums. Two, they do not have the necessary skills. Three, coming from privilege, their attitude may inadvertently thwart progress. Most books are theoretical; this is very practical. Currently being published by McFarland Publishers in Jefferson, North Carolina. GET ANN’S BOOK here.
International Development: Brilliant Solutions
...Mostly Made in Asia, Africa & Latin America
The World Bank did a “listening tour” and talked to 60,000 people in 23 countries about their priorities. Rather than expatriates determining priorities, in Participatory Development, the people themselves identify their needs and craft the solutions. Let us listen to what they propose. I then point to stellar models which could be replicated: literacy in India; health in Bangladesh; economic empowerment and community development in Ghana; environmental solutions in Costa Rica and Bangladesh. If you have a hunger to help, learn the ways you can create change in and from your home country.