Chasing Chaos

Author: Jessica Alexander

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0770436927

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 7818

Jessica Alexander arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an idealistic intern, eager to contribute to the work of the international humanitarian aid community. But the world that she encountered in the field was dramatically different than anything she could have imagined. It was messy, chaotic, and difficult—but she was hooked. In this honest and irreverent memoir, she introduces readers to the realities of life as an aid worker. We watch as she manages a 24,000-person camp in Darfur, collects evidence for the Charles Taylor trial in Sierra Leone, and contributes to the massive aid effort to clean up a shattered Haiti. But we also see the alcohol-fueled parties and fleeting romances, the burnouts and self-doubt, and the struggle to do good in places that have long endured suffering. Tracing her personal journey from wide-eyed and naïve newcomer to hardened cynic and, ultimately, to hopeful but critical realist, Alexander transports readers to some of the most troubled locations around the world and shows us not only the seemingly impossible challenges, but also the moments of resilience and recovery.

Chaos Chaser

Author: Addison Heard

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 1480864439

Category: Self-Help

Page: 232

View: 1168

Risk and chaos are fundamental to the makeup of the world. Peoples lives are deeply grounded in and affected by them. In Chaos Chaser, author Addison Heard offers basic tools to help you navigate the chaotic world and even benefit from harnessing chaos creative power. Heard, who has spent his life learning about and exploring the good and bad of risk, chaos, and creativity, presents a guide to understanding the fundamental theories, analytical techniques, and philosophies behind risk, chaos, and decision-making. He then offers a compilation of industry-specific examples, including exploring NASA by investigating the development of spaceflight as a mechanism for understanding innovation processes and catastrophic failures. He focuses on how innovation materialized and on the various high-profile tragedies that have shaped the industry. Geared for both experts and non-experts who desire a practical background of risk and chaos and their roles in innovation and decision-making, Chaos Chaser gives an understanding of the fundamental impact of chaos on daily life and how you can use its power to create your own run-away successes.

Out of Chaos

Author: Jessica LaGrone

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310119456

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 9037

Life is a hot mess. There's the bedlam of getting out the door in the morning. The constant breaking down of our homes and bodies and the cars we drive. And the institutions that promise to help are often no better. We are surrounded by the constant disorder of governments and disappointed by "organized" religion, the very entities that tell us they can provide us sanity and security. Instead, they leave us scratching our heads or licking our wounds. Chaos surrounds us, and at times, it seems to rule our souls, our families, and our world. But does chaos always end in failure or flaw? What if chaos was more than the check engine light of lost causes? What if chaos was the raw material out of which God creates? In the beginning God brought order from chaos, filling the chaos with a beautiful creation, and he's been doing it ever since. Where you and I may experience confusion and disorder, God sees an opportunity for something new--for a rebirth, a renewal, and a renovation. God did this in the beginning, he did it again at the cross, and with renewed vision for our disordered world today, we look to God to do it again. Inspired by the powerful picture of creation in Genesis 1:2, author Jessica LaGrone challenges the hope-destroying belief that God has abandoned us in our broken relationships, our pain, and our grief. In the midst of our out-of-control lives, God is there, and he specializes in making new things from the chaos threatens to drown us. When we experience chaos in our own lives and everything feels like it is falling apart, God is just getting started. When the Spirit of God hovers, chaos can give birth to hope.

Gunning for the Buddha

Author: Michael Jasper

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1930997728

Category: Fiction

Page: 219

View: 3202

"Don't be looking for bold starship captains or warrior maidens wielding magic swords in GUNNING FOR THE BUDDHA. Michael Jasper serves up something refreshingly different: a heady brew of ordinary folks making tough decisions at the far edges of reality. Spend some time with these stories and you're bound to bump into people you know who find themselves in places you've only dreamed about." -- James Patrick Kelly, Hugo-winning author of THINK LIKE A DINOSAUR and STRANGE BUT NOT A STRANGER

Weather Matters

Author: Bernard Mergen

Publisher: Culture America (Hardcover)


Category: History

Page: 397

View: 5210

A kaleidoscopic book that illuminates our obsession with weather--as both physical reality and evocative metaphor--focusing on the ways in which it is perceived, feared, embraced, managed, and even marketed.

The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide

Author: Douglas Walker,Graham Walker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743272625

Category: Humor

Page: 208

View: 4565

Rock Paper Scissors (RPS), the ultimate decision-making tool, is played the world over. By the late twentieth century, however, the sport's illustrious governing body, the World Rock Paper Scissors Society, had fallen on hard times. It was then that brothers Douglas and Graham Walker boldly took up the challenge to restore the World RPS Society to its former glory, and now they bring you the ultimate strategy guide to this time-honored game. The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide covers the whole RPS scene from the school yard to the pro level, including RPS culture around the world, the personality behind each throw, and secrets of the RPS masters. Learn how to intimidate your opponent and anticipate his next move. Get the answers to burning questions such as "Does Rock crush Scissors, or are Scissors dulled by Rock?" and "Who invented RPS?" Forget about flipping a coin or consulting your Magic 8 Ball -- Rock Paper Scissors is the only decision-making tool anyone needs.

Windows to the Soul

Author: M.J. Spickett


ISBN: 1988124743


Page: N.A

View: 3016

Stop Playing Safe

Author: Margie Warrell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118505581

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 8099

Tap the power of courage and achieve greater clarity, confidence, and satisfaction in your work and life Considering the current state of the global economy, it's easy to see why so many people and companies have become shy about sticking their necks out.

The Practice of Humanitarian Intervention

Author: Kai Koddenbrock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317481003

Category: Political Science

Page: 166

View: 4125

This book examines the practices in Western and local spheres of humanitarian intervention, and shows how the divide between these spheres helps to perpetuate Western involvement. Using the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a case study – an object of Western intervention since colonial times – this book scrutinizes the contemporary practice of humanitarian intervention from the inside. It seeks to expose how humanitarian aid and peacekeeping works, what obstacles they encounter and how they manage to retain their legitimacy. By examining the relationship between the West and the DR Congo, this volume asks why intervention continues to be so central for the relationship between Western and local spheres. Why is it normal and self-evident? The main answer developed here is that the separation of these two spheres allows intervention to enjoy sufficient degrees of legitimacy to be sustained. Owing to the contradictions that surface when juxtaposing the Western and Congolese spheres, this book highlights how keeping them separate is key to sustaining intervention. Bridging the divide between the liberal peace debate in International Relations and anthropologies of humanitarianism, this volume thus presents an important contribution to taking both the legitimizing proclamations and ‘local’ realities of intervention seriously. The book will be of much interest to students of statebuilding, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, anthropology, research methods and IR in general.