“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Using traditional healers to tackle AIDS

RNW, by Maike Winters, 16 April 2012      

 (Photo: Tanja Odijk)

What is a U-process?

The U-process was developed by Otto
Scharmer of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology to bring about radical 
social change in groups of people and 

The letter U stands for the various phases
the group has to go through. In the ‘sensing’
phase everyone involved is given the 
opportunity to present their own vision on a
certain matter.  Then the whole group sees
the extent of the problem in reality. This is
followed by the ‘presencing’ phase, in which
the members of the group join in silence.
Everyone asks themselves how to tackle the
problem. Then comes the  co-creation phase,
in which the solutions are  developed further.
“What is the point of fair trade oranges from South Africa, when the orange pickers die of HIV/AIDS?” That’s what aid worker Tanja Odijk wondered after years of working with this group. So she asked the workers themselves how to improve the situation. They pointed out that they mainly sought help from traditional healers. But how can you use traditional healers when Western health organisations see them as quacks?

“Traditional healers play an important role in South African society. Around 80 percent of people turn to them first when they become ill. Some work with plants, others believe in the powers of their forefathers. And of course there are swindlers among them. Some even claim to cure HIV. Nevertheless the South African government recognises traditional healers a part of the regular health system,” says Ms Odijk, who has been an aid worker for more than 20 years.

Up to now, attempts to bring Western health organisations and traditional healers closer together have failed. “UNAIDS has set up a programme that tries to close the gap. That is great of course, but the problem is traditional healers are asked to learn Western methods to treat HIV and AIDS. That is like asking Christians to become Muslim. That doesn’t work.”


Ms Odijk has chosen a different approach together with a number of NGOs. She got 52 healers from the Limpopo region to give their vision on HIV. Once everyone had got a picture of the extent of the problem they joined each other in ‘silence’, before they started coming up with ideas to tackle the epidemic. This is a so-called 'U-process', which is often used in businesses. The idea is to find solutions in a number of steps.

“We went to a place which many healers have a special relationship with. They felt the presence of their forefathers as soon as they got there and saw healing plants. It was great to have an open debate like this with such a big group of healers, who usually keep the secret of their powers to themselves. The solutions came by themselves.”


Chishi Mashile, of the traditional healers association in the region, is enthusiastic about the process. “We were given the opportunity to come up with our own ideas. Normally, we are not shown this amount of respect from Western organisations: this was a completely different approach. All the healers are very positive about the experience.”

The healers said they wanted to make a special herb garden and to research plants which make the immune systems of HIV patients pick up. They also decided to do training to become counsellors for patients, so that they could carry out their own HIV tests. Unfortunately, a new problem arose: money.

Theo Groot, who has worked with Ms Odijk for many years on the orange farms, understands why there is a lack of money. “The farms are very commercial. There is plenty of money, but farm managers are sceptical, after all seasonal workers can easily be replaced.”


The U-process has potential thinks Mr Groot. “I believe in it, but we need to apply it on a much bigger scale before we can draw conclusions. It is a new way of working, but development aid is ready for change. The advantage of the U-process is that it exposes the complexity of the problem and lets people come up with their own solutions.”

Could this be Development Aid 2.0? Ms Odijk: “I hope very much that this becomes the new way of working and that I can contribute to it. Hopefully, in the future we will really be able to say that South African oranges are fair trade products.”

Traditional healers. (Photo: Tanja Odijk) 

Traditional healers. (Photo: Tanja Odijk) 

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