I attended a good friend’s wedding in Colorado last weekend, and found myself constantly stumped by difficult questions like “Where are you from?” or “Where are you living these days?”
Some of you might understand the challenge I faced when answering such questions. I had arrived in Colorado from Kenya, and I was flying next to the DC area (where I am now). Later this week I’ll be back in NYC to find an apartment for the next year. Who knows where I’ll be after that. So where am I from? By the end of the weekend, I had a somewhat coherent answer that started with, “Well, I’m kind of in transit at the moment…”
And since I’m in transit, I haven’t posted in a week. I don’t have much to offer besides a few links to interesting posts from my RSS backlog.
- Ask and ye shall receive: Linda Raftree (Wait… What?) looks into her crystal ball in response to my request for the hip new international development trends. She emphasizes that there’s “nothing new under the sun” but still provides us with a great list of ideas and practices, with links to longer posts. A few that jumped out at me: grasping with the complex/chaotic in aid, social media and ICTs to broaden participation, crowdsourcing/crowdfeeding, online + offline combos, transmedia activism, organizing your workers with the times.
- Strip clubs, gambling and beer — but no mosques: A few photos of the neighborhood around the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” (h/t Felix Salmon)
- How they see us: Adam Elkus (Rethinking Security) discusses “Occidentalism” — the inverse of Orientalism. I find it interesting to highlight that misperceptions and stereotypes are not uniquely American or Western mistakes, but simply a habit of humans everywhere.
- How to make friends and influence people: Wayan Vota provides advice on blogging for professional success in international development.
- Amateurs! These posts are a bit older, but I just got around to them and they form a nice set. First, Tom (A View From The Cave) ponders why aid outsiders keep trying to enter the business. In response, Penelope M.C. echoes the concerns, but also gives examples of amateurs who have started projects that have become successful and respected. In a similar vein, J. (Tales from the Hood) argues that aid should be more elitist.
- For the NYC-area grad students and others: Chris Blattman is looking for a research assistant.