About us 2017-08-02T08:40:41+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 encourage pragmatic, empirical thinking on conflict and fragility. This includes uplifting perspectives that matter, but are under-represented in existing channels.

The end goal is to take the work seriously. That means chipping away at a bull-shitting culture that rewards loose talk, spin, and speculation from the comfort of far-away cities.

Everything that we do is built around three core values:

  • Open-collaboration: Free sharing, publication, and utilisation of ideas.
  • Peer-to-peer: Practical approaches that are accessible to people with day-jobs.
  • Neutral ground: No institutional interests, no ideology, no donor priorities.

We’re actively exploring what this looks like, and linking together interested people. If you have any questions or comments, or want to get involved, you’ll find contact details at the bottom of the screen.

The fine print

Rethink Fragility is a social enterprise based in the United Kingdom. We capture peoples’ personal perspectives, and not the institutions that they may have worked for.

Our funding consists of (modest!) contributions from collaborators. If that needs to change as we grow, we’ll discuss it here openly, and disclose it when we present content.

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. Let’s bring in perspectives that don’t fit in the usual boxes, and are maybe a bit unruly. Let’s connect practitioners doing the real work, every day, and celebrate the altruism that got us into this in the first place.

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