I am constantly reminded of the importance of people and community... in observing and facilitating the growth of young people; in the work that I do here in Hartford; in its application to international arenas; in my own personal quest. The massive outpouring of support of this project from friends, family, and even strangers has instilled in me a tremendous sense of gratitude. Its been deeply humbling and incredibly empowering. Thank you.
It takes a village.
Now as I take this inspiration and look to my work abroad, I find myself developing a small glossary of insights. The most recent...international development.
Having worked with such a local purview for quite some time now, I have come to understand the significant challenges that continue to face communities here in my own backyard. As a result, I sometimes come across the question of "why internationally?". We have such inroads to be made here, why venture thousands of miles away to do this work? This inquiry is not invalid. In fact, it often is a question I ask myself repeatedly. But to this I also say, that doing things in multiple contexts is incredibly helpful. A veritable cross-training of development strategies and applications. We must learn from each other and understand the ripple effects of our global connectivity.
It takes a village.
With diversified knowledge, we become that much more effective in whatever context we choose to apply ourselves. A luxury of social class and position in society, but a responsibility. To do this, we must also transform our approach from one of "headless hearts"- the legacy of global aid work-, and begin to apply a holistic approach to international development. An approach that relies on understanding the cultural, social, historical, political, economic global landscape among all players so that growth in each of these areas can happen equitably and sustainably.
It takes a village....