Welcoming new members

Hello again from the team at Beautiful Rising,

We’ve had a busy winter, and wanted to share our successes with you. Most importantly, we held our first in-country session in Myanmar/Burma, in late January, 2015. You can read more about it, and where we’re going next, here.

Also in January, we convened our second advisory network meeting to seek input on the project’s statement of values, and on a creative card game entitled “Cards for Humanity” we’re developing for use during the in-country sessions. We also held a preliminary “security bootcamp” for our team and offered a security primer to workshop participants.

January also brought a new member to our team: Theis Dencker. Theis will be contributing to project management on the ActionAid end of things for the next three months, including coordinating our next workshops.

New Advisory Network members

We also have some new additions to the Beautiful Rising Advisory Network to announce. Joining our existing advisory network members – Katharine Ainger, Tom Allen, Laura Walker Hudson, Anna Levy, and Aurelia Moser – are:

Nisreen Haj Ahmad is the co-founder of Ahel & Mujtama3i and a board member of Leading Change Network. Over the past five years, she has been leading or coaching campaigns for human rights in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. She studied law at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 after which she was a legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team. She also studied community organising with Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2007.

Suzan Abong Wilmot is a mother, a neighbor, and a friend. Originally from the Lango sub-region in Uganda, she is an internationally trained social change organizer, recycled jewelry artisan, and Director of Solidarity Uganda. She is interested in transforming the professionalistic nonprofit culture of Uganda into one that works more seriously on the ground and generates real results.

Phil Wilmot - After working with several nonprofits and activist groups internationally, Phil married into Uganda and now oversees strategy and operations at Solidarity Uganda. As a consultant-trainer, he has trained many communities in nonviolent action, including those trying to protect land and natural resources, end corruption, and fight unemployment.

Philemon Matsotso Jazi is the Head of Programmes and Policy for ActionAid Zimbabwe. He is a development practitioner with extensive experience in supporting capacity development of Civil Society including social movements in programmes focusing on the civil, political and socio-economic rights of youth and women, governance and accountability, and participatory democracy. His main interest is in enhancing the role of civil society and social movements in sustainable development and democracy.

Thanks for reading. As always, we’re @BeautRising on Twitter and Beautiful Rising on Facebook and we hope you’ll keep us updated on your work too!

– The Beautiful Rising Team


Posted by Mara Ranville
March 10, 2015