Stories of change in nutrition

Back to the storyboard

by Stuart Gillespie

What knowledge is needed to ride a bike? Is it enough to have a manual?  Of course not… you need to get on the bike, fall off, get back on again… and eventually you’ll figure it out. The manual may provide information on “what” to do, but knowledge of “how” to do it is tacit knowledge that can only be acquired from experience.  This important distinction was made in “The Concept of Mind” (1949) by Gilbert Ryle, a British philosopher – between “knowing that” and “knowing how”. In nutrition, as in many development arenas, we have a wealth of knowledge products (guidelines, toolkits, checklists) that focus on “what to do” but not enough documented experience of attempts (some successful) of how to do it. [Read more...]

Senegal country brief

This Senegal country brief summarises a research study which tells a story to explain the interrelated factors that contributed to Senegal’s reduction in undernutrition.

The hope is that these findings will help to contribute to wider impacts in terms of political commitment and policy coherence for nutrition. The brief is also available in French.

Making malnutrition history – one story at a time

by Edwyn Shiell – Policy and Strategy Advisor, Advocacy and Communication Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat

On Monday 12 July, I had the privilege of moderating a panel of esteemed nutrition champions at the Brighton launch of a landmark new book: Nourishing Millions – Stories of Change. It’s a major effort to bridge the gap between the technical aspects of what’s working (or not) to improve nutrition, and communicating it in simple stories that resonate. [Read more...]

US Launch of Nourishing Millions: Learning from Stories to Scale up Progress

The following post was originally posted on the Nourishing Millions website 

“Turning political commitment into implementation and into impact – that is the kind of watershed moment that we are at with regard to malnutrition in most of these countries,” said Stuart Gillespie, co-editor of Nourishing Millions: Stories of Change in Nutrition, during the US launch of the book in Washington, DC on June 29, 2016. [Read more...]

UK book launch of Nourishing Millions

Monday July 11, 2016 17.30-19.15 pm – Stanmer House, Brighton

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In recent years, the world has seen unprecedented attention and political commitment to addressing malnutrition. As nutrition rapidly rises on the global agenda, guidance is urgently needed on how to design, implement, and evaluate nutrition-enhancing policies and interventions. Nourishing Millions: Stories of Change in Nutrition brings together the most intriguing stories about improving nutrition from the past five decades. These stories provide insight into what works in nutrition, what does not, and the factors that contribute to success. [Read more...]