News de Ginette

Durant ma rentrée à Georgetown University, j’ai été marque par l’attention particulière réservée aux étudiants internationaux. L’administration était très consciente des soucis supplémentaires sur les niveaux papiers, accès à l’information, choix des cours, que posait notre statut d’”etudiant international”. Des journées supplémentaires, en amont de la rentrée, était réservees aux étudiants internationaux pour leur exposer le maximum de données concernant la vie aux Etats Unis, les opportunités offertes, le fonctionnement des cours, et discuter des …

The Golem effect on development

The way we perceive others actually can affect how people will actually work. This is the idea behind the self-fulfilling prophecy. And the prophecy can obviously be positive (Pygmalion Effect) or negative (Golem Effect). To say it shortly, the Pymalion Effect is when high expectations tend to lead to high results versus the Golem Effect when poor expectations lead to poor performance. I was wondering how the self-filling prophecy applies on countries’ development. Are people from …

Watching the radicals

Take the time to go through all the Arabic satelite channels and you will be appaled by the huge number of religious ones. Giving the micro for hours to a “respected theologist” is becoming the only media offer. People call to ask about the Islamic answer to various questions that range from ” what kind of music can I listen to?” to ” what is the length of  the stick I can beat my wife with?”. And he takes …

Thinking of a new job?

Just one little and last post about the switching carrer issues, before I actually start the MBA program. If you don’t like your job, you have basically 2 options: Doing nothing and waiting; Taking actions in order to assess your skills, your capabilities, your values, your professional goals and find your new path and hopefully your fullfillment. For my friends that match the 2nd point in France, I heard about this non profit organisation called AVARAP wich offers meetings and …

Non Violent Communication

I want to share with you  the concept of “Non-Violent Communication” created by the psychologist Marshall Rosenberg in the seventies. It is a method of conflict resolution, but, if practiced daily, it can become even more, a sort of life style and an effective way to tackle whole human relationships. The main goal of “Non Violent Communication” is to view the human being as a creature of needs. Every behaviour, act, and word ,  every communication …

The personal microcredit

I recently met, during the last green drinks event,  two very nice people that were working for the Red Cross, in the Microcredit Service. What is different comparing to micro loans, is that the credits are not necessary granted for entrepreneurship purposes. As explained on the red cross site, these microcredits have 3 main goals : allowing people who are excluded from the banking system to finance their personal projects in good conditions starting a social insertion and …

Bacause we had no choice

I have sometimes this guilty pleasure of sitting in font of the TV and watching for more than one hour Mohamed Hassanein Heikal chatting about the political events of the seventies, telling hundreds of anecdotes and discussions he had with the past leaders. Here is one that particularly caught my attention I was in London 2 months ago, and I saw a monument under construction on my way. I asked Robin, my driver, “what’s that?” and …

High Education for all

I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer, for the CIST , the Center for Information System Training, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is basically a center concerned by helping brilliant student from remote and poor area to get access to higher and quality education. Several selection sessions are organized all over the country to bring the targeted students. Investigations are also carried out to verify the financial needs of the student’s family and …