Dianna Rienstra is a Brussels-based public affairs and communications consultant with more than 30 years experience in writing, editing, conference moderating and reporting, training and coaching, branding and strategic messaging. A former radio, TV and newspaper reporter and public sector communications director, she now focuses on development, trade, European public affairs, corporate social responsibility, socio-economic issues, the environment and global health. Clients include a mix of high profile public sector organizations and private sector firms, primarily involved in European affairs, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the Global Humanitarian Forum, and the Dubai International Financial Centre. Increasingly, she has been focusing on development and trade.
The bold text below shows how Dianna filled in the development blanks. We invite readers to fill in the blanks themselves by using the comment function below. While you are at it, why not respond to Dianna's suggestion below as well? Here goes:
In an era of limits, the new definition of development is: It is time to focus on a development partnership between rich and poor nations that is respectful and meets the needs identified by beneficiaries themselves.
If I were casting a sequel of Nightmare on Development Street, my choice to play Freddie Krueger would be the Tea Baggers in the US egged on by John McCain and Sarah Palin.
As part of the development agenda, water is critical and cuts across the promises and needs outlined in the MDGs.
As part of the development agenda, tourism is essential, but it must be sustainable, employ local people and, whenever possible, source locally.
Continued or increased dependence on the automobile will lead to unsustainable cities, increasingly intolerable air quality and the break-up of city centers.
The population explosion will lead to potential conflict and war.
The most likely millennium development goal to be achieved is education of young girls.
The most difficult millennium development goal to achieve is eradicating poverty.
The most glaring thing missing from the development agenda is real partnership between developed and developing countries. And more money of course.
My favorite development success story is the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) and the thousands of small projects, particularly agricultural initiatives that have made a difference in the lives of small farmers.
The sentence I would like to see others complete is: The difference I am making in the world is _____________.
My Favorite Development Media
Non-fiction book – Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World by Paul Hawken
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