Are technology and social good inseparable? Insights from Africa

At the Social Good Summit I spent a lot of time in the digital media lounge, blogging and live tweeting as speaker after speaker spoke about the issues affecting our world today. I SocialGoodpicwrote and posted on various social media platforms and listened intently as people spoke about various innovations. About 90% of the innovations that were mentioned involved technology and I realized that technology, and social good are inseparable. The challenges and dynamics of this day and age have coalesced into a fitting reliance on technology, but what exactly is the role of technology in social good and what has technology done at a practical level?

Transition: On my Way to Better Days!

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard

Yes my 18months #LifeTransforming, #Amazing fellowship in the United States has come to an end, the fellowship was life changing and a blessing all the way.

I am indeed a better person now, I have grown so much and well equipped to face my world and bring about a positive change.

I will miss my Fellow Fellows, my host organization, the amazing Atlas Corps team, and the numerous friends and families I met during this journey.

Being a fellow, another opportunity for peace building.

 

Atlas Corps FellowsOne of my most favorite things in life are cultural exchanges, and always, I confess, always I feel very curious about the brave and courageous people who pursue their dreams.

Africa Stop Ebola

Since I heard that one of nurse who were infected to Ebola was in Bethesda for her treatment, I was also seized with fear.

Quite recently, South Korea was supposed to host an international conference with guests from West African countries. So the residents of the host city, Busan which is second biggest city of South Korea are scared. Massive public opinion were uproarious against the national and Busan city government and ask them to cancel or postpone the conference.

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE SNOWFALL SEASON!

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Winter in Washington is almost here and most locals are preparing by making sure their family members have warm cloths and snow boots just in case we get record snowfall. It is good that I have come to the U.S. before the winter season as this will be the first I ever experience an actual snowfall. I understand that Washington, being not really in the south and not really in the north, sometimes gets no snowfall, but I’m hoping we get at least an inch or two. Some friends from the U.S. and others from parts of Africa and Asia have shared their experiences being here during the snowfall so i expect it is going to be beautiful. And according to American weather predictions, this time we should get record snowfall, or what some here refer to as ‘the polar vortex.”
This scares me a bit.  I grew up in Sub-Sahara’s climate, where sometime the temperature reaches 40 to 45 degrees Celsius during the summer. You need to drink more than 5 or 6 liters of water a day in that kind of heat. It is extremely hot even during high winds. The rainy season lasts more than 6 months, but it will still be hot.
The winter is estimated to less than three months long but I will savor that time. I can’t wait to experience my first snowfall season here in America.
A Few weeks ago, after receiving my monthly stipend which I totally rely on in terms of food and transport, a friend of mine took me to a big store in Maryland to buy warm cloths and snow boots.
HAVE I SAID I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SNOW TO FALL?!

Dreaming 911

Have you ever wondered how your dreams change with your thought patterns?

Not too often, but I do get these glum dreams, where I am walking on the road alone, it is dark and blue, and then suddenly someone starts following me. I try to run my best and I am breathing heavily. I try to dodge away from the dark image, but soon get cornered and helpless. Then a hero within me rises and starts fighting with the dark image till I conquer. Sigh! And I wake up. Not at all a pleasant dream, but when I wake up I do ponder, that if I am not a runner or a marital artist in real life, why is it that in my dream I become my own hero?

Excellence reads excellence

A truly meaningful life is nonetheless than a blessing because when people ask you what do you do, they really want to know what contribution do you make in the betterment of society, what change you brings in the lives of other. At that point, I believe the answer should not be like, I am trainer, I am manager, I am cook, I am xyz.