I was recently interviewed by the dynamic Krysta Wark of the Global Physio Podcast. Krysta and I had been messaging about this interview since March, but it was only in August that we got around to doing the 30-minute podcast interview. At the time of the initial request, Krysta offered me a free-range: as long … Continue reading Sometimes it might be useful to be long-winded. Maybe.
My work these days is focused on policy. A few years back, I would not have imagined myself going into policy research. At that time, I was a reticent researcher; concerned that I would leave behind the world of folks who do things in order and enter the world of folks who sit around by themselves … Continue reading “I work on policy, which means…?”
“Yes, we can succeed! It’s only that we have not been given the chance.” The quote above is the stock answer that I receive from group members when I ask for details about the business ideas that they are pitching. By all signs, the statement is accurate. But for me that’s besides the point; I … Continue reading The dynamics of dancing in endless circles
Is “copycatting” a good idea? Or is it merely that people have not thought of anything better? The photo above is one corner from Mongu’s main crossroads – The Roundabout, for anyone who knows Mongu. This corner has few buildings, leaving space for people to set up katembas; booths to sell small items over a … Continue reading Replication as a business model
There is a similar dynamic in each of the two Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) with which I am working. In both cases, there are tensions about what should be done and why should it be done. In my thesis research, I learned that the research participants with disabilities in Western Zambia were acutely aware that … Continue reading Sustainability, commitment, and help: what do these things mean?
Good news: the main purpose of my time here in Western Province seems to be coming together. I am now working with each of the two communities that participated in the research to develop a plan. We are now seeing small steps forward and promising windows of success. With the commonalities of the two groups, … Continue reading Participation, yes! But of whom and in what?
For most of the last five years, I have been doing my work with the oversight of a committee of four advisors with significant experience and wisdom. This guidance was useful in the many instances where I faced complex situations for the first time. PhD programs are designed with advisory committees for this exact reason: … Continue reading Beyond Supervision