The COMPAS Newsletter hopes to promote the exchange of experiences on cosmovisions, sustainable land use and endogenous development. We are aware of the risk of slipping into the well-worn traditions of descriptive anthropological research or of presenting another ’trick’ for extension projects to impose outside ideas in local communities. Supporting endogenous development requires a new orientation and energy. By stimulating an intercultural dialogue, indigenous institutions can be strengthened, enabling the communities to re-enforce their position locally, regionally and internationally. Insiders, the people in the communities, can reverse the process of cultural erosion aggravated by globalisation and actively experiment with combinations of ancient and new knowledge.