Author Archives: isteffgen

Mapping an entrepreneurial ecosystem

What it is, can or cannot be, in the field of international development? There are various definition and variances how both the word entrepreneurship as well as ecosystem is used. What they all have in common is that they confuse when recycled from one sector to another or across (language) borders.  The word ecosystem has

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Sport for Development Section Added!

Moral development through liberal education and sport The Western world commonly champions the power of sport for social cohesion and communal pride (Schulenkorf, 2011) through sporting mega events and small-scale development projects.  Empirical evidence, however, that proof those claims are scarce (Chalip, 2006; Coalter, 2007; Kidd, 2008).  Sport for good has received critics based on

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Core competencies re-structured

My LinkedIn tagline reads, ‘The entrepreneur in International Development Cooperation with a neck for Tech‘, but at what cost? Shelving a promising business career. Facing the social scrutiny of friends and family. Leaving many in the dark. I keep on wondering if I am rushing down the right alley. However, the days were I am

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Chapter III – Final thoughts

Overemphasizing differences The marginalization of people with disabilities as being nothing more than dysfunctional body parts, removes them from being part of society. Stigmatizing people, as being not normal, being something outside human nature.  Language places a pivotal role in this process, through the way people use terms and expressions to classify, categorize, and attach

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Chapter III – The Power of Language

Introduction In Germany, we are introduced to a second language early on, though every time I am starting to learn a new one, three things are of particular importance to me: firstly, to learn which stereotypes exist; secondly, their perception and use within the societal group I am utilizing this ‘new’ language in; and, lastly,

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Concluding Chapter II of the Identity Crisis of Social Right Movements write-up

From legislation and constitutions of an assumed normality The Americans with Disability Act might be understood as some form of governmental confirmation of the mostly ignored fact that people with disabilities have been largely discriminated.  Prior to such, people with disabilities were not recognized as victims of so called hate crimes. Only those founded on

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Chapter II – The categorization of society

Introduction Stereotypical reflections oftentimes result in the categorization of individuals. Societal groups tend to utilize presumed characteristics to better understand the social worlds we live in.  Though there might be different interpretations across cultures, one thing is mutual:  stereotypes are ubiquitous.  I am convinced that labeling a group is not necessarily negative and rather important

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Theory and Reality – Chapter I – final

“If we do not recognize, comprehend, or even believe that something is unjust, we won’t be able to articulate concerns or understand why those are raised (quote actually on me ;-))”.  Advocacy usually starts when issues arise based on misguided perceptions towards certain group(s) (e.g., the medical model of disability).  Perhaps as consequence, a social

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