Training & Staff – Indonesia …

Essential to any endeavor are relationships.  Essential to any relationships are time together.  Essential to any time together is proximity.

GHNI recently brought their staff together in Indonesia, for a time of relationship building and training.  Staff from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the USA came together to glean from each other how we can better labor together for our common goals in each country and village settings.  It was a truly good time of building into each other and establishing practices of work that simply could not have happened outside a focused time together.

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“Planner” versus “Searcher”

"Searcher" Education - Sri Lanka


The White Man’s Burden, the book has some insight into what we in GHNI are talking about when it addresses the “Planner” versus the “Searcher”.

Quote: “In foreign aid, Planners announce good intentions but don’t motivate anyone to carry them out;    Searchers find things that work and get some reward(for recipients – my add).  Planners raise expectations but take no responsibility for meeting them;  Searchers accept responsibility for their actions.  Planners determine what to supply;  Searchers find out what is in demand.  Planners apply global blueprints;  Searchers adapt to local conditions.  Planners at the top lack knowledge of the bottom;  Searchers find out what reality is at the bottom.”    

GHNI is constantly pursuing that “bottom”, that true need, that which is most helpful in self-sustainability and transforming lives.  Embracement, personal embracement of change, and using all local relationships and resources, all go hand in hand.  This can never happen in a top-down(bottom) approach.

Searcher … is who we are and how we do it.

Indonesia – GHNI Interview

I was able to be here for this interview with John and Phil, GHNI staff in Indonesia.  It was truly a great time to get to know these guys as we had our staff conference together outside Bangalore, India.  Oh yes, and also Jeff Power, our rambling country spot-lighter and donor director.

This interview can be seen at: