The path to make a change: how shared vision and action plan are made

It was exciting to see how these amazing people plan to make a change. I joined Dogwood Alliance team for their annual 2 year planning retreat at the North Carolina Arboretum. All the trees look incredible at this time of the year. It was interesting to see how Dogwood Alliance planned for the strategies to … Continue reading The path to make a change: how shared vision and action plan are made

Urging NC Governor to Protect Public Health: voice from the community

My trip to Raleigh is followed by a visit to North Carolina governor's office. I had an opportunity to join Dogwood Alliance and Clean Air Carolina team to meet with Governor Roy Cooper's policy advisor. It was an intense discussion which many critical issues were presented, especially the pollution that caused by wood pellets facility. … Continue reading Urging NC Governor to Protect Public Health: voice from the community

Food for Friendships: Culinary Diplomacy

Today is my last day at my host office. During four weeks in Connecticut, I have a great chance to broaden my professional expertise,  knowledge and understanding for better address the challenges facing in my country especially in term of promoting local participatory in governance and legislation. Moreover, I have been offered the opportunity to  … Continue reading Food for Friendships: Culinary Diplomacy

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IS MORE ABOUT EMPATHIC THINKING

Annual budget forecast for local government unit is always a balance between strong fundamental sources of revenues to facilitate its operations and the growing expenditures to address the needs of the community. Considering the demand and supply side of local budgeting is a general principle applicable worldwide. However, the vitality of it lies on the … Continue reading PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IS MORE ABOUT EMPATHIC THINKING