• Laying the Foundations for a Bright Year for SERES

    Thirty-one participants from across Guatemala and El Salvador recently took part in SERES’s 2018  Annual General Assembly, which ran between the 23rd and the 25th of March. A key event in the SERES calendar, the Assembly took place in the lush, green surroundings of San Rafael Las Hortensias, a training center located near Santiago Sacatepéquez,

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  • How to keep development programs grounded in the local

    It should be a question we reflect on with frequency in any good development organization. Are we truly keeping things grounded in the local? Do our programs reflect the beneficiaries’ thoughts, hopes and ideas in a real way? Are they the drivers of their own social change? Are we who live and work in developing

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  • A Book Review of The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-first Century

    The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-first Century Editor, Carol S. Pearson, Author of Awakening the Heroes Within How I love this book! Today our world’s leaders are caught in a dark storm of criticism, doubt, corruption, fear, disappearing borders and calls for walls. Add to that the proliferation of dangerous weapons,

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  • How a youth leadership program creates change-makers in 3 days

    When teenagers meet for the first time in a group setting, the result is the same, even in rural Guatemala.  It’s the beginning of day 1 of the SERES “ACTIVATE” workshop that aims to inform and empower youth to change their world for the better. The girls are huddled together in small clusters, giggling quietly as

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  • NEW! SERES Synopsis 2016: an overview of the SERES approach for transformative sustainability leadership in Central America

    Ever wonder what makes an impactful youth leadership program for sustainable development? The new SERES Synopsis outlines what Transformative Sustainability Leadership (TSL) means to us and how we achieve it. SERES TSL programs such as Actívate, Catalyzers, and Sustainable Livelihoods have been developed using 9 conceptual learning spheres that empower young people to work collaboratively within sustainability contexts to become committed,

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