This week, we’re chatting with AnnJanette, or Anjie, Rosga about objectivity, trust and numbers, truth and power, and more.
AnnJanette (Anjie) Rosga, PhD, co-directs the small, Berkeley-based consulting firm Informing Change which works to support strategic learning initiatives in the social sector. Most of Anjie’s projects involve facilitating strategy development, promoting equity and participatory research, and leading evaluation for hard-to-measure initiatives that cross disciplines, sectors, geographies, and/or cultures.
Some resources, quotes, etc. mentioned:
- Power as electricity metaphor - Understanding "New Power" by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
- Rethinking objectivity by Allan Megill
- Mariana Valverde: Truth as a "pragmatic ethical choice" (In Law's Dream of a Common Knowledge, page 10)
- Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva
- Level Up: Growing Your Approach to Participatory Evaluation (AEA365) by Elizabeth DiLuzio
- Grace Jones in I'll Never Write My Memoirs: "If you are a fan of doing the unexpected, and I am, then it is an advantage to be highly skilled at changing your mind. If you do not want to limit yourself, then be prepared to change your mind—often."
- Cultivating trust on Twitter - NYT Daily Podcast
- Anjie Rosga: Contact her through the Informing Change website
- EvaluLand: Website & Twitter (@EvaluLand)
AnnJanette (Anjie) Rosga, co-directs the small, Berkeley-based consulting firm Informing Change which foregrounds strategic learning for equity, participatory research, and complex systems change. Most of Anjie’s projects involve facilitating strategy development and leading evaluation for hard-to-measure initiatives that cross disciplines, sectors, geographies, and/or cultures. In her prior professional lives, she worked as an independent consultant to human rights NGOs and United Nations agencies, as an advocate for international women, peace & security, and as an academic: first at Knox College in Illinois, and later the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her independent research began with an ethnography of anti-hate crime groups and the police in the US and later evolved into a multinational study of human rights training for police in emerging democracies. She holds a PhD in the History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary program combining humanities and social sciences. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and Louisville, KY and makes her home in Oakland, CA.
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