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Tim Merry

A blog series by citizen engagement and systems change leader Tim Merry
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The breakdown of relationship between change makers and the mainstream needs to be bridged. I thought I could, in the words of Buckminster Fuller, “build the new and make the old obsolete.” I no longer think it is that simple. I am more into this quotation from T.S. Eliot: "Hell is where nothing connects." Or this one from G.K. Chesterton: “In the breaking of bridges is the end of the world.”

Tim Merry

A blog series by Canadian systems change leader Tim Merry
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My experience of change leadership and participatory approaches is that it demands people shift their world view. This means their beliefs about themselves, their work, their community, what results are, etc., all have to change.

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Dr. Malonga Miatudila, a former World Bank public health specialist, was among the pioneers of a response to Ebola when it was first identified in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He and others are convinced that there are key lessons to be learned for containing Ebola from the Congo's experience.

Key is empowering local communities to lead the way in containing the virus, they say

Reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo indicate that a recent Ebola outbreak has been stopped with comparably few deaths. In parts of West Africa, however, fear ­— and the disease ­— continue to rage. So what’s different in the Congo? Does it have a more robust health-care system than, for instance, Sierra Leone, where an outbreak shows no signs of slowing down?

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