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Independent Consultant - Communications and Graphic Design
About Me:
I am a professional writer, editor, and graphic designer working in Calgary, Canada. I also run an international consulting business that provides communications resources to those who may not have regular access to these (such as non-profit organisations, small business owners, and communities in need).
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Long life, good health, good friends and peace - for myself and everyone around the world.
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People know best how to solve own issues: Ban Pang Lao community shifting away from donor funding

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 5:50am 2 Comments

Submitted by Amber Phalen, Interim Key Correspondent Coordinator, Health & Development Networks (HDN). Originally posted:

In the Ban Pang Lao community, a shift is taking place. This shift from reliance on donor funding and NGO support towards greater self-sufficiency is promoting greater sustainability and the power of a community, through dialogue, to determine their own… Continue

SALT visits: Changing the view

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 5:30am 6 Comments

The first thing that struck me was the approach. I’d been to numerous site visits since beginning my career in the non-profit industry over eight years ago. They all seemed the same after a while. Whether the visit consisted of taking international visitors in suits and ties to see the local farming initiative where we all discussed the situation of the poor shoeless farmer showing his family’s “inadequate” dwellings and property or seeing "yet another" hospice complaining of dwindling… Continue

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At 7:04am on November 20, 2008, Gaston said…
haven't read it yet. Laurence is on leave and Marlou works at home today. Will see it soon I am sure. Friday is still on, altough it will be a special night. Wild Rose studio has to close down due to some legal matters. This will be the final evening to celebrate that beautiful space. See you at 18.00 (be in time, it will be crowded).

At 9:12am on November 17, 2008, Rituu B. Nanda said…
Hi Amber,

Saw your posting on
People know best how to solve own issues: Ban Pang Lao community shifting away from donor funding. GREAT!

At 11:21am on November 12, 2008, Lawan Vejapikul said…
Hi Amber, nice to see you again.
I will look forward to some more inspiration from your coming stories.
Take care........Lawan (",)
At 11:09am on November 12, 2008, MariJo said…
Hi Amber, how nice to know about you again! Hope you are doing well and enjoying life.
My very best
At 10:24am on November 12, 2008, Gaston said…
Hi Amber, welcome! Good to re-connect again. Please share your SALTy story with your colleague. Other people will get inspired by this. See you at the yoga next week.
At 10:10am on November 12, 2008, Marlou said…
Hi Amber!

Yeah you made it to Ning!
We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to communicate with friends, colleagues and like minded people in all parts of the world.

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At 10:02am on November 12, 2008, Laurence Gilliot said…
Hi Amber, Great to see you here :-)
I've been waiting for you at Wild Rose for yoga... Hope to see you on Friday for yoga or sauna ;-)
How are you? How's the weather inside?


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