Daniel Glinz has worked 18 years for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); ten of those in the field. After spending nearly half of his professional life in humanitarian action, he is now putting his knowledge at others service, as an advisor and trainer at cinfo.
At the Forum cinfo 2016, Daniel will be a panellist around the themes of “Working and living in fragile contexts” and “Lost in Transition”.
We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions:
1) Daniel, how did you enter the world of humanitarian action?
I wanted a job, but not in the “established” system, and preferably abroad – somewhere else physically, but also in another mind-set. I wanted to escape what I consider being the routine world, to find something colourful and more adventurous.
2) What does International Cooperation mean to you?
Well, I have worked almost all years abroad, in humanitarian action, and have practically no experience in development. My main motivation was clearly an anthropological one: discover other ways of living and understanding how people think, love, live, etc. It was a motivation there, where I was also involved in helping other people understand different cultures, but it has remained a motivation now, with the trainings I offer on multi-culturalism, dialogue, and self-reflection.
3) At the Forum 2016, you are going to be a panellist for the conferences on “Working in fragile contexts” and “Lost in Transition”. Could you share with us a little bit of insight?
The discussion around “Working in fragile contexts” turns around the subject of “finding a balance between over consciousness and excess of courage”. If you want to contribute to anybody else’s development, you have to avoid putting yourself in danger, and therefore being a danger for the others and for the objectives of the job. However, being conscious does not mean being paralysed. We will therefore analyse what courage means.
There is a saying that I like, which kind of summarises the topic: “The shy is afraid before the danger, the coward in the middle of the danger, the courageous after the danger. » (Johann Paul Friedrich Richter)
« Lost in transition » is about exploring the push and pull factors of somebody going to work in International Cooperation. There are always elements that attract you and others that repel you. The conference will turn around the effort of introspection to bring to the surface both these elements.
4) Now that you “came out” of the world of humanitarian action, and you are a Senior Advisor and Trainer, what do you exactly do? And what would you suggest to someone that is scared of making this “return” step?
About the first question: my job consists in supporting and stimulating people active in this sector in their own reflection, in order for them to be more aligned with themselves and with the institutions they are working for. In a nutshell, I help people reconnect with themselves and try to bring them towards professional happiness.
My advice for people that are scared to leave the International Cooperation world, the work on the field, or any kind of domain: listen to your body and follow your heart.
More about Daniel’s experiences and the entire conferences “Working in fragile contexts” and “Lost in Transition” at Forum cinfo 2016! #cinforum16