Sharing successes and failures

“Our way of life is threatening our way of life.”
William Day

The world we live is increasingly complex. We believe the issues of our times can only be addressed by promoting collaboration between various actors that are not accustomed to working with each other. We believe in the power of stories, of both sucess and failure. And we like to share them.

Here we offer some honest reflections on issues that we have come across in our journey. In an era of fake news, it is easy to put a gloss over any story. The portrait of “perfect” professional and personal lives is putting enormous pressure on our physical and mental health. We believe humans are imperfect and that we have to embrace our “whole” selves with all our lights and shadows. With that in mind, our stories Blog is an account of how we feel and the questions we have about the topics we consider.

If you want to hear more about a particular topic, get in touch with us!

Current and previous stories

People say that if you really want to get to the core reason for something, you should ask (and answer) … More info

One Monday in early March 2020 I was taking my class of American students on a field trip to the … More info

Everyday we are bombarded with mixed messages about our differences. On one hand, we are encouraged to “think out of … More info

Whenever I disclose that I started my career as an engineer at ExxonMobil, I get odd looks. ExxonMobil’s environmental reputation … More info

It was a rainy afternoon, with black clouds covering the sky and the thick humid air that is common during … More info

Interviewing women in a remote rural village in northern Sierra Leone, a tiny young woman told me that she had … More info

SDGs, Malaria, HIV amongst sex workers… I have travelled a lot, but I had never seen so many people working … More info

This one minute animation is a snapshot of our thinking on two broad topics: truth and power. Applying the Whole … More info

One of the main reasons we were selected amongst almost 30 other proposals to carry out the evaluation of the … More info

Corporate speak is a sort of newspeak. Jargon is the norm and it is all very “rational”. “Emotions”, especially in … More info

As Head of Effective Philanthropy and C&A Foundation, Lee A. Risby was looking for an evaluation approach that would not … More info

The pin dropped! After ten years applying the Whole Person Approach (WPA) to my work, I finally realised it goes … More info

There are people that we have an immediate connection with. This was the case of Laura Somoggi, Sustainability, Cross-sector Partnerships … More info

We are in the information age. Our daily lives are inundated with information. Many of us watch the news, check … More info

In this interview, Chris Taylor, Director of Oasis School of Human Relations Foundation, talks about the Whole Person Approach in evaluations.  … More info

Josephine Hetherington, former Project Manager at Adam Smith International (ASI), is used to managing problematic projects, with difficult clients and … More info

Ilan Vuddamalay, Programme Manager at C&A Foundation, knows how easy it is for evaluation reports to be put on the … More info

Creative picture cards can be used in a number of situations, from brainstorming in groups to one-to-one conversations. They allow … More info

Along with my creative picture cards, my facilitation kit would be incomplete without my box of objects. I just love … More info

A maximum of 20 pages! That was our main requirement for the final report on the findings of the evaluation … More info

Corporate partnerships with non-governamental organisations (NGOs) to deliver international aid are on the rise. This is good news for those … More info

Writing evaluation reports can be as daunting as reading them! With the information collected by three consultants, in more than … More info

We change all the time, the world changes, people around us change, animals change, nature changes, the planet changes, the … More info

For some of us 24 hours in a day is not enough. For others, there is plenty of time to … More info

“Sorry” is perhaps the most used expression in the English dictionary after “Thank you”. Yet, most of the times it … More info

I have been working in the environmental area for almost 15 years now. As such, I often wonder if my … More info

Almost 29 million people have watched ‘The power of vulnerability 2010’s TED TALK’ by Brené Brown. The sheer volume of … More info

I first came across the poem by Rabbi Alvin Fine, Life is a journey and death a destination when looking … More info

When people ask me what I do for a living I often ponder if I should give them the short … More info

How many times have we heard: “… and then something else happened.” No matter how much we plan, when it … More info

It is not uncommon for us to keep doing things the way we have always done them. The definition of … More info

That technology changes the way we live is not surprising. How much it is ingrained in our behaviour, though, is … More info

My facilitation career started with co-facilitation. I was invited by Chris Taylor to run the People Planet and Purpose Open … More info

Having studied in a Catholic school, from a very early age I was told to follow the Golden Rule: “You … More info

Today, 33% of city dwellers live in slums. By 2050 half of the world’s population will live in slums. “How can … More info

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein
Life is always beautiful and successful … More info

Oasis’ Seven Stage Model has become a bible to me. I use it as a framework to design all the … More info

It is common knowledge that first impressions count. I learned this in my teenage years. Before going on a date, … More info

What is the worst thing that can happen? Can anyone die? This may seem dramatic, but in the beginning of … More info