Monday, August 21, 2017

Peer-to-Peer

One challenge we have with helping solve the problems we can see is an implicit superiority. Some justified Colonialism as a 'Civilising Mission'. They saw development as a path from being a barbarian to being civilised. Missionaries were sent out to educate the savages. Very little effort was made to learn. I believe we learn best when it is in both directions. We learn best from peers. If someone's world is too different from yours, you are unlikely to be able to understand their challenges, let alone suggest a reasonable path out. All advice is autobiographical. For feedback to resonate, we need to be able to see our story in others, and their story in us. 


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