Home is where the heart is. A phrase used so many times for so many reasons, by some many individuals. In its simplest interpretation, home is wherever you feel the deepest affection; that place you feel loved and the most comfortable. For me, home was- is, with you. In the embrace of your arms- For it is there I learned the meaning of love; there I felt my most comfortable and assured self. In your embrace I felt the victory of many battles fought – lost and won.
I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.
Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.
The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.
I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.
I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.
An interview with Brida Mbuwir, PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering and Former Electrical Engineer at Schneider Electric.
“A lady, an engineer, and precisely an electrical engineer?!” “So Brida, you will climb on electric poles?!!”, “This is not a lady’s job!” … So they said.
Brida Mbuwir is a Lady-On-A-Mission. Intelligent, Focused, Resilient, Driven are just a few of the adjectives you could use to describe her. She eats obstacles like they were cereal. A former employee of Schneider Electric, the French multinational corporation that specializes in energy management and automation solutions, spanning hardware, software, and services and a current PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering working on control of clusters of load, with a focus on microgrids using machine learning techniques. Machine Learning…yes I said Machine learning.
People in the diaspora automatically become “citizen diplomats” since they are showing a human face to their country. As an Atlas Corps Fellow, living amongst many people outside their home countries, I see a need to redefine the word “diplomat” within “citizen diplomat.” Whereas diplomat traditionally suggests loyalty and support for one’s government, it means something much broader in terms of diaspora populations. Moreover, while nation-states recognize the importance of the diaspora, the diaspora is not a monolith – in fact, it is made up of diverse people with a range of opinions about their own governments.
An interview with Mpara Faith Muwar, Co-Founder, New Generation Technologies.
“I registered to study Computer Engineering at a time, when I could not switch on a Desktop Computer; in fact the first laptop I ever saw in my life was during my first class at the University.”
Communism is a murderous enterprise. Always with the same end.
Incomprehensibly, it continues to receive in the western democracies the treatment of a decent political project, and not the logical, as Václav Havel always insisted, that it equates communism with the other murderous ideology that is Nazism.
How do we define OKR in an organizational performance culture? Before we get into the mechanics, let me confess that I am a newly- baptized to the world of OKRs. OKR is an abbreviation which stands for “Objective and Key Results” put in place to measure the progress of a company’s short term and long term goals. At first, it may sound tad alienating for a beginner to understand the technicality and how it works. However, the more you embody OKRs, it becomes a part of your DNA. This is a fantastic communication tool as well as a social contract that propel clear defined goals and a shared language within a company. Through this process, the individuals are held accountable both in an individual as well as a group setting. The striking feature of OKRs is how it allows greater optimization into accountability and transparency within the organization. The OKR is a public document within a company where everyone has an understanding into each other’s work streams.
Balancing the Women Empowerment Act
During one of the many trainings I have attended, I once worked with a group of male youth from Africa in 2014. Everything was going well, until the last two days of the training. During a heated argument about a human rights discussion, one of the guys, Francis, told me bluntly that I was very opinionated and it was unattractive and unbecoming in women. And no, I wasn’t being arrogant or conceited in the way I voiced my opinions. I gave my side of view, which was different from what most of the guys in the group thought.
InterAction Forum is the annual meeting of international development and humanitarian professionals. This year over 1,000 attendees representing NGOs, governments, the philanthropic community, corporations, and civil society are attending. Besides this, few world leaders are also part of the forum including former president of USA, Bill Clinton; Mary Robinson the former president of Ireland; ET Joyce Banda, former president of the Republic of Malawi, and Kristalina Georgieva, the chief executive officer of the World Bank. This year, the theme of the forum is “United We Stand”, which clearly depicts the prevailing concerns of civil society in the context of current administration’s policies towards the environment, foreign funding and worldwide development.
Look around yourself and observe the advancement of human civilization over the last century & then ask yourself-Does any comparative progress in course content, teaching methodology and pupil’s learning reflect inside the classrooms? Certainly, your answer would be a big No. Worldwide education systems do not seem promising for students, these are no longer vibrant or reflective of human achievement and have become more concentrated in quantitative scores and successive pupils educational career. Another biggest failure of these systems is to provide equal opportunities and access to schools to million of children around the world. Those who are lucky enough to attend schools may not develop a desire for learning to enhance their problem-solving skills, healthy mind, souls, creativity and leadership skills while others yearn for opportunities to learn.