Accompaniment as Policy

Here is a link to a speech worth reading on “Accompaniment as Policy” given by Paul Farmer to the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. For the full reading click here.

“To accompany someone,” he said, “is to go somewhere with him or her, to break bread together, to be present on a journey with a beginning and an end…There’s an element of mystery and openness….I’ll share your fate for awhile, and by ‘awhile’ I don’t mean ‘a little while.’ Accompaniment is much more often about sticking with a task until it’s deemed completed by the person or person being accompanied, rather than by the accompagnateur.”

 

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