Judgment and Longing to Belong

By Diana Skelton (France) I really should have known better. A few days ago, I was chatting with a French friend of mine. When our conversation turned to the Charlie Hebdo shootings, I began reeling off questions—when she lost her temper with me. “You’re piling on!” “But I was only asking questions! There are so…

Good Governance is a Project for All of Society

By Álvaro Iniesta Pérez (Spain) “Good governance calls upon the intelligence of everyone.” That was the conclusion of an activist from Reunion Island who participated in a workshop about governance in July at the ATD Fourth World international headquarters in Mery-sur-oise France. Since Joseph Wresinski’s passing in 1988, ATD Fourth World has been in an ongoing…

Dreaming Permit – Artisans of Peace in Noisy-le-Grand

The following essay was originally written by Jacqueline Page, an ATD Fourth World Volunteer Corps member and a visual artist, based on the years 2010- 2013 that she spent “living, understanding and endeavoring” in the community of Noisy-le-Grand (France). It has been adapted for the blog from the e-book Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty, available for…

Welcome Home… to the Roma

By Pascal Percq (France) Alex and Rada live in Montreuil, outside Paris.  They have two children, a girl and a boy.  Alex, 24 years old, arrived in France when he was 16.  He’s a dynamic young man, courageous, with a hundred ideas a day and a thousand questions to answer.  For instance, at the moment…

The End of ‘The End of Poverty’?

By: Diana Skelton (France) Humanity can end the devastation caused by AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polluted water, failed crops and other crises linked to poverty. Jeffrey Sachs convinced the world of this a decade ago. In charge of the United Nations Millennium Development Project, he insisted to world leaders that their efforts could indeed end poverty.…