about

Communicating Simply is a human development company started in 1998 by Gladys Ryan delivering services throughout the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. These include:

  • Writing skills development
  • Writing and documenting services
  • Process facilitation, with an emphasis on gender transformation
  • Evaluations and project management.

our approach

Communicating Simply’s approach is participatory, relying on consultation and joint learning. This is premised on the belief that we all have the inherent knowledge and skills to solve problems. It is also, as our name suggests, simple and direct.

Communicating Simply is much more than a business - it is the sincerest expression of a personal vision and a belief in the infinite potential of people.

Communicating Simply is committed to the development of all people by helping them realise this potential. We believe that people can contribute more, simply through understanding themselves better and learning how to communicate effectively. Building self-confidence, challenging our patterns of thinking, and developing ourselves beyond our perceived boundaries are central to achieving this personal growth.

People learn more effectively in non threatening environments. Environments however, which challenge them - to try harder, be self critical and grow.

about Gladys Ryan

Gladys Ryan is currently based in Cape Town but works throughout the region. She has been an activist since her student days and sees this as a fundamental part of her life. She has worked in a number of development organisations: The Sached Trust, The English Resource Unit and Agenda Feminist Media Project.

Gladys has been an active board member in four organisations: The Gender AIDS Forum (a founder member); Children First (Chairperson); Umcebo Trust (Chairperson) and Art for Humanity’s Women for Children Project (representing Children First).

Her work experience includes:

  • Managing programmes and projects
  • Running workshops – particularly in writing skills  and gender awareness
  • Writing up and assisting people to write up organizational histories and stories
  • Facilitating organisational processes
  • Conducting evaluations and assessments
  • Developing materials (educational and marketing materials)
  • Plain language editing
  • Providing one-on-one writing skills development support.