Capability Calculation: When people choose between vital parts of being human

A capability calculation is how people make choices when faced with limits to fulfill their capabilities. Ideally in a flourishing society people have the opprotunity to fulfill all their capabilities.  All capabilities are important.  However, sometimes fulfilling one capability can put another at risk. When fulfilling one capability puts another at risk people choose which part of their personhood will increase and which will decrease.  Because capabilities are interconnected when people are forces to choose -especially below a certain threshold- allRead more

Flourishing is…? The Good Life in Conflict: A Perspective from South-East Asia

The flourishing project. For over a year I asked people to tell stories of their best moments in life.  I asked people -young and old, female and male-  who would have a unique perspective.  Their perspective is unique because of their social disadvantage and the conflict that surrounds them.  Because of their ethnicity the people I asked face many hurtles.  However, -possibly as a result of the disadvantage- they are resilient, strong, friendly, and respectable people.  I asked people who are of Yakan decentRead more

The Gendered Results of Conflict: “We Live in Hell” vs. We were “Revolutionaries”.

Long-term conflict or crisis can cause women to fall below the human security threshold in many key domains and not recover as quickly as men.  Unequal recovery negatively impacts women’s opportunities to develop their capability domains compared to the opportunities of men. The Mindanao conflict is a story of conflict with disproportionate affects on women. The history of the Mindanao conflict is a reminder that conflict can increase male privilege and lead to unequal access to women’s capabilities development.  The conflictRead more

THE MODEL FLOURISHING: Tipping Points for Social Innovation

A model to create flourishing societies Grounded in context and necessity, THE MODEL FLOURISHING is a powerful method for social change.  It originally was developed for use with socially excluded people who live with the ebb and flow of conflict. Using a combination of human capabilities, human rights, human security, complexity theory, and grounded theory, the model takes a participatory action research approach to increase people’s agency and to create organizational and societal change. Previous capabilities approaches have been theoretical—notRead more

“If Peace is Missing we Can’t Do Anything but Hide.” Peace a Priority in Mindanao.

A few weeks ago a colleague and friend (in the southern Philippines) organized a petition to the Philippine government. His petition was to hasten the transition to the new Bangsamoro government. The Mindanao conflict has seen over 120,000 people die in the last 40 years. Bangsamoro is a new political entity. The hope is it will create peace and increased development for Mindanao. Individuals, people’s organizations, non-for profit organizations, and government employees from Basilan signed the petition. My friend organizedRead more