Tag Archives: aid workers’ wellbeing

#MeToo in aid

‘Me too’ is about using the power of empathy to stomp out shame. ~Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement* People “doing good” around the world are also “doing harm”. No, I’m not talking about the “unintended consequences” of aid, but about … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: X/Y/Z – Xanax, Yoga and Zen

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. Today I’m serving you a trio of common (or not so common) practices among do-gooders: drugs, yoga and…Zen.  … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: W – Wounded Healer

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. I’ve always been a rather poor student of Latin and Greek back in high school, but I did love … Continue reading

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Work: it’s time for a new year’s revolution

How do you prevent burnout? How do you keep sane when the road to doing good and meaningful stuff is paved with terrible managers, short-sighted organizational visions, and power relations that can bend your soul? How do you keep resilient in difficult places? … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: V – Vicarious Trauma and Vicarious Resilience

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. For those who have been following my blog, you know that I like to try and look at our … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: U – Uncertainty

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. When I first went to work in Palestine I brought with me a little book of reflections by … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: T – Transition

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. Random reflections on change and transition How many times have you packed up your life and resettled? How … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: R/S – R&R and Stress Reduction

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. R&R  “Tell me about your new job” I ask a friend who has been recently deployed to Gaziantep to … Continue reading

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Burning without Burning Out!

Dear friends, There’s a beautiful poem by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish called Think of Others. I chose it as the opening poem of my book, The Idealist’s Survival Kit. 75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout. I carefully picked it because of … Continue reading

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When your world moves too fast

A beautiful poem to wish you a restful Christmas and a fulfilling 2017!

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