A few lessons from Swedish Digital Diplomacy

In my recent blog post, I complained, at some length, about the continuing use of ‘the field’ in development speak. One of the criticisms raised concerned the fact that ‘the field’ fails to describe development as a process occurring as much in the global metropolises as in rural settings. So, …

(Re)Presenting, the expat aid worker!

“The expat aid worker’s life revolves fairly evenly about four poles: Sending life-saving emails; attending life-saving coordination meetings; diarrhoea; and bouncing around in white Toyota Land Cruisers.” – Blogger MoreAltitute, Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like Cultured. Resilient. Compassionate. All qualities of an aid worker, right? Insert admirable trait here. This …

Re:change the world through a blog?

Who doesn’t dream of making the world a better place? To fight against injustice and inequalities and stand up for human rights. Unfortunately you don’t come far with only dreaming. For those who do actually decide to turn words into action, there are many options. You can work in the …

Re:thinking ‘the field’ – or just getting rid of it?

Development is a funny thing: an attempt at global solidarity, and yet, too often, a controversial case of Western hubris. Part of this tension can be found hidden in representations of development. A case in point is the continuing, and unfortunate, use of ‘the field’ in development speak. ‘The field’ …

To stare at a stranger for 4 minutes

It doesn’t happen very often, but every now and then, you read a piece or see a video that really stands out of the crowd. I consider myself being an average internet user. I have my bookmarked list of news sites, blogs and other websites that I check on a …