This paper illustrates the value of metaphor and analogy for assisting the development of analytical capacities in civil society organisations (CSOs) based on practical experience from the field. It presents observations of capacity building processes in three very different contexts in the western Balkans where organisations and community groups are struggling to find ways to comprehend and express the complexity of the environment in which they work.
The examples suggest that the generation of metaphor may assist individuals and groups to make sense of complexity through resorting to simple images. It may also help them understand abstract ideas and seemingly elusive processes, and generate new perspectives and models which form the basis for creating meaning.
Praxis Note 9 - Metaphor and Analogy - Bill Sterland
Praxis Note 9 - Spanish - Metafora y analogia - Bill Sterland
Praxis Note 9 - Chinese - 比喻和类比 - Jenny Pearson