Saturday, February 10, 2007

A short portrait of Chris Spies

The dilemma with change is that everyone likes to talk about it, but very few have insight into their own willingness to change, let alone their ability to influence change. Those who see the need for change often want others to change first. That applies to adversaries and onlookers, but also to analysts and practitioners. Why is this the case? (Chris Spies)

Chris Spies is a specialist in the field of conflict transformation, development and community building processes. He worked as pastor in a depressed rural community in South Africa in the 1980s. As the Regional Organiser of the Western Cape National Peace Accord Structures and later as Senior Trainer and Researcher at the Cape Town based Centre for Conflict Resolution he was deeply involved in peacebuilding in South Africa in the 1990s. In addition to his work in South Africa he has gained extensive experience and a proven track record over many years in various countries such as Kenya, Somalia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia and Norway while working independently as a consultant. Elements of his life and work are described by Susan Collin Marks in her book Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution During South Africa’s Transition to Democracy (USIP, Washington, 2000). Chris recently worked as Peace and Development Advisor for the Guyana Social Cohesion Programme based at the UNDP in Guyana and has now returned to South Africa.

The citation from Chris is the opening statement in a text that Chris has just published. He provides a great summary of important Change Management principles, including a developmental model for change processes and a model of Manfred Max-Neef on human needs that helps to understand resistance to change.
Resolutionary Change: The Art of Awakening Dormant Faculties in Others

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