capital cirkleMost organizations or individuals who help others try to help moneywise. Although their intentions are good, it isn’t always wise to be that nice. (Or to be nice in that way.) Médecins Sans Frontières wants to help in an other way.  They claim to use inventivity and resourcefulness as an economic principle is about how you can make effective use of your sources of capital (financial, creative, human, social and spiritual).

Most people find themselves slowed down or even stopped in their ambitious goals or dreams because they think they’re missing one or more resources.

“We haven’t got the money, or miss knowledge, haven’t got the right people for the job” … and so on.  Being ingeniousness means something like: a different view on one’s capital so that new possibilities occur.

In case of MSF they like people to bring their social capital in action. But … in the end it is still financial or human capital which can be used in problem areas.  Another problem occurs here: a lot of problem solving has already been done on the drawing board at the office. Most aid workers are well trained and experienced.

walking with woundedWill the creativity and spiritual awareness of target groups be used as well? Most people don’t like to be helped because most of the time they have no influence on what they receive. This has nothing to do with their pride or stubbornness, but more about the aid workers. They worked very hard to get things done and now people start complaining. It makes them angry.

Same thing happens with soldiers who fought in other countries then their own. They see themselves as liberators. But are not welcomed as heroes, but shot at or killed.

Good ingeniousness starts with communication, how and in what way can the inconvenient other be helped so everyone has an happy end? People who lost their job, their health or survived an accident shouldn’t be nurtured like children all of a sudden. It might work for a couple weeks, but after that, life goes on. They still remain human adults most of the time, so not all the time. Most adults have learned professions or are experienced trough life.

Aid and relief work is designed to act immediately. They have to make quick decisions whom to help and what to cure.  The second wave of workers will address the spiritual need and how to deal with trauma. The last wave is mostly forgotten and left to the people; rebuilding their ruins and overcoming their stress levels. But what if the elite disappeared. Most intelligence flee the area and are never to return.

Transformational Developement is about how to use these remaining resources and turn them into human, social and environmental capital.

Mostar’s Bridge is a good example of remaining resources. The people of former Yugoslavia wanted to life in harmony again. They wanted to rise a symbol of brotherhood. So they emerged the broken pieces from the river Neretva and rebuilded their bridge. The international community helped with resources and knowledge.

Needless to say: most Transformational Development is smaller in its size, and not nominated for World Heritage by UNESCO.

 

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  1. Thanks very much for the link to our post on Mostar. ~James @ gallivance.net

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