I was recently honoured by being nominated for and becoming a finalist for the International category of the YMCA Power of Peace awards. See a YMCA Power of Peace clip here. Nazanin Afshin-Jam, who has a name like liquid poetry, was the captivating keynote speaker and winner in the emerging leaders … [Read more...] about YMCA Power of Peace Awards
Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind… Nobody grows old by merely a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. (Poet Samuel Ullman, from his poem 'Youth', as quoted in Gods and Soldiers, the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing.) How old are your ideals? For … [Read more...] about How old are your ideals?
Recently I attended a luncheon at the annual CSTD (Canadian Society for Trainingand Development) / IFTDO (International Federation of Training and Development Organizations) international conference. Around me were professional trainers of all sorts. Being a born and bred trainer my antennae … [Read more...] about Questions are the lasers of illumination
Back in chilly, wet Vancouver. Remembering. Recent musings from Africa. I watched some weaverbirds making nests while running on the treadmill the other morning. Picking up twigs from the children's playground they industriously wove them together. I marvel that they make 5-6 nests for every … [Read more...] about Musings on Africa; cookie dough, screech owls, bumper cars & matatus
Enroute home from Nairobi to Vancouver. I’ve switched one cocoon (mosquito net encased bed) for another (airplane). Sleeping within a mosquito net is like: - going to bed in a fairy’s nest - entering a butterfly’s silken home - entering a den of cotton candy - being free and cocooned … [Read more...] about Lulled to sleep in a mosquito net
Tomorrow I leave Nairobi for home. As I get ready for the 24 hour marathon journey a pause to think about my time here....... I believe that hope has a home. It lives in small places, fanned by the winds of change. I believe that hope is our compass. Without it we’re lost in the muddy quagmire … [Read more...] about I believe in hope
We had been working on designing a survey for youth who had taken part in training at the One Stop Youth Centre. I was working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last week doing follow-up to the program evaluation training I did in Naivasha for the United Nations. Dar es Salaam means ‘haven of peace’ in … [Read more...] about Change management: Alice in Wonderland with chicken legs or wings
Kampala, Uganda. Christmas is coming and I decide to take a break from work to do some shopping. Kenneth and Patricia, youth from the One Stop Youth Centre, where I’ve been working, volunteer to take this mzungu (white person) to Owino Market. First task is to get there. With a mix of … [Read more...] about Boda Bodas: from Oxfam to Razor Blades