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Positive Deviance - Monique Sternin

A beautiful and fascinating testimony from Monique Sternin who, with her charming French accent, explains how they managed to understand how to fight malnutrition in Vietnam simply by looking at the families who managed to feed their children satisfactorily: these are the "positive deviants" who found their solutions within the same constraints whereas the others don't.

A beautiful story that shows once again that it is by looking at the resources available that we can more easily solve the problems, rather than digging indefinitely into the problems!

She co-authored the book "The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems" published by Harvard Press in 2010, with her husband Jerry Sternin and Oxford professor Richard Pascale. She teaches in the United States at Tufts University and continues to travel the world at age 67 to advise and act for many governments and NGOs.

Of French origin, she holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Paris X, then continued her studies at Harvard University. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts. More information on

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