My name is Ian D. Quick, and I’ve worked on stabilisation and post-conflict recovery for about fifteen years.
Back in 2012, I was wrapping up a tough few years in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. We were failing there, as well-meaning outsiders, against pretty much all of our stated goals.
Yet there was a gulf between this lived experience on the ground, and the policy discourse. We seemed to be stuck in the mindset of the 1960s, whereby we would we cook up know-how in Western capitals and somehow export it to the rest of the world.
Rethink Fragility began as a modest attempt to introduce ground realities to those conversations, and to take the available evidence seriously. Over time we’ve evolved from traditional policy advocacy, to a network model that puts less-heard voices front and centre.
A short history
Free, long-form “rough guides” to major decision points for practitioners. Each piece aimed to synthesise learning across organisational and sectoral boundaries.
Analysis & advocacy
Convening and facilitation for practitioner round-tables. These rejected an expert/audience model, in favour of common spaces for reflection.
Trial of online tools for crowd-sourcing and massive collaboration on contemporary challenges.
100 Voices project
A platform for original perspectives from people doing impactful work on the ground. Accessible anywhere, by anyone with minimal internet bandwidth.