A drop of water, in time, will fill the jar

Posted on August 26, 2015
Posted by Michael Cooke
Fellowship: 2014

Three months ago, I didn’t really know anything at all about international development – the paths of UK-based charities like Marie Curie and international NGOs don’t often cross. Since then, I have had the extraordinary opportunity of spending my some of my Clore Social secondment in Ethiopia, learning about how Retrak transforms the lives of highly vulnerable children, many of whom live or work on the streets. The work of Retrak’s Community Development Workers absolutely blew me away, and has sent my head spinning about impact measurement, empowerment and long term change. 

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; International; Leadership.

Scaring myself, and doing it anyway

Posted on September 24, 2014
Posted by Michael Cooke
Fellowship: 2014

As everyone knows, there is nothing in human wisdom that cannot be found in a 90s music lyric. Baz Lurman’s 1998 classic Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen), itself musical interpretation of a Mary Schmich column in the Chicago Tribune, is more packed than most. It includes the line “Do one thing every day that scares you”. I’ve rather enjoyed the opportunity that the Clore Social programme has given me to put this into action.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership.

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