Thomas Dunmore Rodriguez

Thomas Dunmore Rodriguez

I work at Oxfam supporting influencing, campaigns and advocacy worldwide. I am inspired by the activism of social movements that make change happen in Latin America and other parts of the world.

Location Mexico


  • I very much agree with this @HannahBlair Do you see any drawbacks in taking that more inclusive approach? How can they be overcome?

  • Great reflection @BenedictaAdebayo Thanks for that

  • Yes, this makes a lot of sense. Thanks, @RosemaryCairns

  • I completely agree @MichelleTredup Have you seen good examples of this?

  • Great @NalisoaAndrianarivo Welcome to the course!

  • Are you solely referring to power acquired through authority @ronaldyoung or also other forms of power as well?

  • Thanks @MARIAAYALA I sometimes wonder if asymmetric power relations are almost inevitable in some way - I'm thinking across human relationships, within our organisations, or more widely in society in the way democracies work, so how to avoid abuse of those inequalities is perhaps a key question. What do you think? Have you come across good examples of power...

  • Thanks @RosemaryCairns Would you be able to say a bit more about what you mean by appreciative and deficit approaches to change?

  • Enjoy the course @DaniaD Thanks for joining us!

  • I guess there is a lot to learn from contexts where the police are not armed, or even where the military have been disbanded or do not operate with civilian duties. I think increasing militarization is increasingly problematic in many parts of the world.

  • I'll kick off the discussion as it seems nobody has commented yet. I think being able to facilitate difficult conversations is a characteristic I would like to cultivate. In an increasingly polarised and divided world, I believe facilitating dialogue is an important skill to develop.

  • Yes, absolutely key @MichelleTredup

  • Interesting and important connection between wellbeing and sustainability @ShebaNjagi We'll be looking at that aspect more later in this course as well.

  • Are there specific areas of work you are addressing @NyararaiBlessedSambure ?

  • Thanks @PaulineKahuubire sounds very inspiring. Sorry, just for those of us who aren't familiar, what does WPS agenda mean?

  • That's true @BenjaminPeyrotdesGachons at best we can probably talk about "contributing to change" or "helping to catalyse change". Can you think of any campaigns that have managed to do that?

  • I love this @DanielePanzeri I often imagine what a world without borders would look like.

  • Lovely reflection, story - and listening with deep compassion seems a much needed skill in the world today, yet often lacking in many conversations. Thank you @AmiLee

  • Thanks for these points @AlexandraRichardson and @AmiLee In week 4 we'll go much deeper into the power of collective action, picking up on several aspects you have raised here

  • A wise reflection, thanks for that @ElisaMartínez

  • Thanks for being here and for sharing you blog @RosemaryCairns It looks great!

  • Great to hear @KaleighYee

  • Enjoy the course @JenaroOnegiPuringi

  • Amazing experiences @AllisonCBurden Thanks for sharing these. I know what you mean about what seems like a rollback on progress in more recent years.

  • Yes, I know what you mean @EmmaYoung I am very interested in understanding what makes the news and what doesn't, and how global events and trends are viewed in different parts of the world and by different groups of people. I think this also relates to Carlos' point above about the connections between climate and inequality crises. By some people the climate...

  • Thanks @EmmaYoung great points. Yes, covid is an important example of how change can occur very quickly, I guess the scale, and also the emotional impact, particularly fear, where important factors in that case.

  • What other changes are people here involved with, or would like to see? Remember to comment on the replies of others, it's an important way to connect with other learners on the course. Many thanks!

  • Thanks @NG I like the intersectional focus you bring.

  • Thanks @MadaMouti I tend to agree but am always interested in exceptions. From your experience, can you think of any examples of where changes in belief systems have happened surprisingly quickly?

  • That's great to hear @CamillaWilliamson

  • Thank you for this important reflection @MarjanB I completely agree, so many of the structures in our societies (political, economic, social) seem to demand urgent, short-term change. It's sometimes hard to make the case for a longer term perspective.

  • Role modelling is a good way to influence I think @WilsonLi Have you found it to be effective? What approaches do you use when people aren't meeting the standards you set (or perhaps don't feel like they are meeting them)?

  • Thank you @JulieS All the very best!

  • That's very good to hear @RACHEALWAMBUIWAHOME Thank you!

  • All the very best @HannahHendry Thank yo for your active participation.

  • I'm glad it has been helpful for you @PremalBhatt Thanks so much for taking part!

  • Gracias a ti @ValeriaFloresSandoval por participar en el curso!

  • Thank you for the link to a great video @HannahHendry

  • Sorry for the delay in responding @RACHEALWAMBUIWAHOME This section is supposed to focus on an action you have already taken.

  • Nos alegra mucho @ValeriaFloresSandoval Muchas gracias!

  • I agree @RACHEALWAMBUIWAHOME it is a very moving speech

  • Thanks for this reflection @EuniceMuturi Your point that numbers can actually dehumanise an issue is very powerful. I think sometimes figures/numbers are used precisely for that reason, for example when governments give figures for economic growth, etc and yet many sectors of the population see no benefits to this whatsoever. Would you agree?