I arrived in DC exactly a week ago. As the plane prepared to descend at the airport, a lump in my throat, a mixture of nerves and hope entered my chest, I could barely breathe. Usually when we are about to embark on a big change in our lives, these sensations take over us, it almost feels like jumping to the void, in this case I was making a leap to the capital of the United States of America, the promised land, right? Expectations are inevitable, not even my 10 years as a buddhist could stop the anxieties that throbbed next to my heart. Especially for a young homosexual man who has never been away more than 3 months from his family and friends.
“For many of Miami-Dade’s 2.6 million residents, one of Hurricane Irma’s very present realities is language. According to the most recent American Community Survey, 72.8 percent of the area’s population speaks a language other than English at home — for 64 percent, that’s Spanish.” When Hurricane Warnings Are Lost in Translation– The Atlantic
Meedan (My host organization) is pooling efforts with #IrmaRelief, an open source initiative to support #HurricaneIrma victims with tools for relief & recovery. We’re looking for volunteer translators who speak Haitian Creole or Spanish to assist a number of translation efforts for disaster response effort Irma Response.
Contingency protocols, are an important part of risk management. Let’s remember that risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats that can affect an organization. These threats, or risks, could stem from a wide variety of sources, including financial uncertainty, legal liabilities, strategic management errors, accidents and natural disasters. A contingency plan is a proposal devised for an outcome other than in the usual (expected) plan, and non-profits, and NGOs are not different from other organizations, in the sense, they are not safe from all those risks, that is why it is important for them to generate contingency protocols.
Each month, Philanthropy University invite an interesting guest speaker from the development sector to join a handful of Philanthropy University learners to field pre-collected questions collected from its thousands of learners. “Questions Worth Asking” Q&As is held on Google Hangouts and live broadcasted to YouTube with the intent to have them serve as a resource for connecting, sharing knowledge, collaborating, and inspiring.
Capacity building is a common word that we have come to associate in the Development sector. In fact, this has been a buzzword for many decades freely used by donors and practitioners alike. In essence, it is the process of developing and strengthening the skills, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast changing world. Similarly, there is an alternative discourse about the effectiveness and the impact of capacity building. Has it yield the results it expected? All the while, some people cringe when they hear this word, as it has lost its impact. This is due to the fact that some of the intended outcomes, expected to address has failed while many countries and communities are still struggling to show a marked improvement. So how did it fail in some places while some places has great success stories to tell. It could be many reasons while some may be unique to the regions or those communities. To enjoy the fruits of capacity building, it requires leadership, policies, advocacy and above all a mission and a vision.
Hiring and Building a Team: Things I Have Witnessed In A Start -Up
Hiring can be an exhaustive and equally an intensive process for any organization trying to recruit the best in the game. What are the fundamental factors we tend to consider in the final round of the decision making? Invariably, the final offer will be based around the skill assessment and the cultural fit. Sometimes, trade offs are also likely to happen compromising one factor over the other. However, how much are we aware of such compromises? It could either make or break a company. This is especially very true, if you are a start -up. Your approach to hiring define the character of your company for years to come. I am in the process of learning, exploring and growing on how a new employee embrace the organizational culture as a whole. Especially,when one has been “disconnected” from the moments of it’s making. How one come to embrace these nuances without being alienated nor being regarded as a misfit.
The question of who were are have wondered leaders for centuries and understanding our identity help shape our behavior in our community and how we related to one another. So, many people Identify themselves based on their unique body and others identify themselves in relation to their conscience, but we all know these changes with time and leave us wondering if we are the same people our parents brought from the hospital or we are different people entirely. We all agree that the argument about identity is defined based on our body or mind raise as many questions as answered. This has influenced other leaders and great thinkers to define one identity based on his or her connection to the past with the notion that we are connected to our pass in one way or another and as time passes, we turn to forget some of those past, that Identity us, but you will share with me, there are thinks that we forget but our friends, families, relatives often remind us and brought back those memories we might have forgotten. When this happens, it means we are connected to our past through others in our community and with this, our Identity can only be defined in relation to our community and nothing else. What then is a community? A community here is not in reference to geographical location, or a group of people, but the set of relationship that make you a person. Who is a person then? Watch out for the next blog
Is working out really about working out? I think I knew the answer a long time ago, but this summer I discovered once and for all – it is not. It is about living a healthy and happy life, challenging yourself, being the most productive version of yourself, making new friends and spreading good vibes (yes, it’s a thing).
We live in an artificial world where humans are misleading by the fact that what we see, feel, touch, smell, and taste are the most real things in the world. This version of the world according to Aristotle has been misleading and is today playing as the root cause of Racial discrimination and gender inequality. The answer to questions like why do we think what we think and why do we do what we do or what is the nature of reality itself is fundamental to the interpretation of the world and everything around it. To address the various challenges the world is facing today like the above mentioned few, it is important to understand various branches of philosophy as we prepare to deal with the root cause of the many issues around the world.The branch of philosophy that studies the nature of reality is referred to as METAPHYSICS. Different people view reality differently, for example, the color that you will refer to as red might be something else for a color blind person same with taste when you are normal and when you are sick. With this how therefore can we trust our senses to interpret our version of the world? Do we know anything at all? if yes how do we know the things we know? The branch of philosophy that answer the question about Knowing is referred to as EPISTEMOLOGY. When all is known how do we then know if we are wrong or right? The branch of philosophy dealing with this aspect is referred to as the VALUE THEORY which is sub divided into ETHICS which is the study of how we live with one another and AESTHETICS which is the study of beauty. At the metaphysical level, we also have ONTOLOGY which is the study of beings and answer question regarding your identity, personhood and the existence of God. The philosopher’s tool box is well recognize is Logic but the dominant logical reason has ever been weak because of the poor understand and interpretation of another world view in metaphysics in addition to many silence assumptions that come packaged in such logic.
The A Word