About us 2017-05-19T08:28:52+00:00

A short history of an idea

What we do, how we do it, and why we got started.

We are a social enterprise to transform peer-peer learning for people working in, or on, serious crises.

Everything that we do is built around three core values:
  • Open-collaboration: Free sharing, publication, and utilisation of ideas.
  • Peer-to-peer: We’re interested in workable approaches, not ‘expert’ credentials.
  • Neutral ground: No institutional interests, no ideology, no donor priorities.
We’re actively exploring what this looks like, and linking together interested people across different disciplines.

The fine print

Rethink Fragility is a social enterprise based in the United Kingdom.

Our funding consists of (modest!) contributions from collaborators. If that needs to change as we grow, we’ll discuss it with the community, and ensure that we remain “neutral ground”.

You’ll find contact details at the bottom of the screen. If you have any questions, or comments, please get in touch.

Founder’s corner

My name’s Ian D. Quick. I’ve been working for about fifteen years to improve the prospects of the most marginalised people in the world, in fragile and conflict-affected states. But the results have been mixed, at best.

I took 2015 off to write a book on how things tend to go wrong (Follies in Fragile States). That sparked some interesting conversations. But the problem was—it was always the same faces, the same small circle of “experts” in Western capitals.

So I’m convinced that we need a broader conversation. We face urgent challenges, and we already have the tools to link up good ideas wherever they’re found. Let’s re-discover that enormous goodwill and altruism that got us into this line of work in the first place.

For more on my own writing and consulting work, please head over to my personal website.