Toolkits for the Future
Preamble: It has been a surreal & busy last 6 weeks, having the opportunity to live what I had imagined was a “future” aspiration, a decade ago, as an avid user of social media and early digital professional to sign on from a Florida Gators .edu account.
From day one, I didn’t hold back in sharing thanks with my personal board of advisors, here. I have been immensely appreciative to work with an impressive group of hardworking change-makers leveraging technology as an enabler, merging physical, digital, and metaphysical worlds in building community. …
Reflections on Africa Day.
“We Are our ancestors’ wildest dreams, but we don’t know that unless we learn what our ancestors went through.” — Monita K. Bell
Leading up to Africa Day 2021, I had the once-in-a-lifetime joy of surprising my mother, Rev. Muriel on her return visit to Ghana after 25 years of being away. It has been incredibly emotional to experience my mom reconnect with her country of birth after making so many sacrifices for our family. For her, our college education in the United States was paramount. …
With the recent announcement by @Jack, CEO of Twitter, to have the tech giant’s HQ Africa operations setup in Ghana (and the many re-ignited “Jollof wars” inspired by Ghanaians, Nigerians, Senegalese and not-so-unbiased commentary on social media), this week has been off to a flying start. For an “ecosystem builder” such as myself, it is welcome news that validates our individual and collective efforts on the African Continent.
In our continuing pursuit of empowering economic opportunities within our communities, I have been impressed with the COLE (Council of Local Experts) initiative, started by David Coleman (a self-professed passionate pan-African working…
When we learn better, we can do better.
At a high-profile conference, Davos 2019, on a panel discussing my research on the now ratified African Continental Free Trade Agreement, I lamented on the lack of learning platforms and resources for the continent’s youth to participate in trade liberalization policies.
Three years on and in spite of the fervor and momentum in adopting AfCFTA, there is a lack of clear learning pathways on how young entrepreneurs activate their agency from their local communities to regional, national, and international markets.
Social x Digital x Continuous Education
“What can you share (in my case, teach well) with your eyes closed and within a moment’s notice?”
And this question started the co-designing and facilitation “Digital You” project with the University of Stellenbosch Business School my posse of facilitators are excited to share with the world here, with deets below:
The pursuit of collaborative success.
At the sidelines of the last World Economic Forum on Africa in 2019 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), my good friend and newly appointed Heavy Chef Foundation chair, Lukhanyo Neer introduced me to Fred Roed & the crew. This multi-stakeholder dialogue and the months-prior Davos conference on “Achieving a Single African Market” affirmed my establishing of the research and management consulting firm, Unpacking Africa 4.0 #WEF #AfricaWeWant
One of the impactful lessons I picked up during my time teaching Entrepreneurial Leadership at ALU in Mauritius, was the constant need to foster a growth mindset. The intentional ability to keep dreaming and the consistent effort in bringing these dreams to life!
You could briefly join me in today’s exercise on exploring your own moment of having a growth mindset. If you may kindly take a quick moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and allow your mind to settle. Then, respond privately or aloud to this prompt:
In the absence of all that is…
2021: Eyes (and ears) wide open
New resolutions and the euphoria of a new year notwithstanding, 2021 has started off feeling like the B-side of a 2020-mixtape.
The advent of a new strain of the COVID-19 virus, insurrection in the United States of America, and a continuing global economic crunch. And yet, there is hope. Hope when and finality to writing two thousand and twenty-one, that triggers a mental indication that we individually and collectively have the opportunity to turn a new leaf.
Good governance, rebuilding and amplifying our voices
“…and we have to be patient, and it’s not over until every vote is counted.” — Joseph Robinette Biden (former USA Vice President & President-Elect 2020)
Patience as a child was one of the most difficult values to grasp, and 2020 has reminded us all that it is indeed a virtue. Patience, we must exercise with the medical community in creating a thoroughly tested vaccine for COVID-19 to purge the ongoing global pandemic that has brought the global economy to its knees; patience as we await the final results and the finality in…
Validating Community Curation, Finally
My first recollection of curating a community was during my teenage years when I helped my mother, Muriel with The Call of Esther Ministry activities in Alexandria Virginia. We were dedicated to hosting a children’s Christmas party and per usual, I was always on gift-wrapping duty for 250, then 500 the following year to almost 1000 when I finally left for college.