World Refugee Day 2018 and what you can do

Today is World Refugee Day, a day where  over 100 nations  honor the strength, courage and perseverance of  millions of people around the world who are displaced.Started by the UN Refugee Agency in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20 to draw attention to the plight of refugees across the globe and now more than ever the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons deserves attention and action.

The theme for World Refugee Day 2018 is aptly: “Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees.” and we surely do; the United Nations revealed a record high of 68.5 million individuals have now been displaced worldwide due to war, poverty, persecution and other events.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards recognizes youth activism.

Every year my host organisation, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights awards the RFK Human Rights Awards to individuals defending human rights all over the world.

This year the award was given to 4 youth organisations: March for Our Lives, United We Dream, Color of Change, and The International Indigenous Youth Council. These organisations are on the front lines of fighting against social injustices in communities of color,standing up for indigenous and environmental rights, demanding changes to America’s gun laws and seeking for dignity and justice for immigrants but most impressive is that they are led by young people.

Are you making the most of your LinkedIn profile? – A Checklist

As professionals one of the most important tools we have on social media is LinkedIn. Even though LinkedIn might not the coolest kid on the social media block,in some ways it might be one of the most important –  it’s a powerful medium for networking and making those oh so important professional connections (Also I come across some really cool articles about all sorts of things on LinkedIn). Anyway, if you want to get your LinkedIn profile on point and just not sure how to go about it, I think this is a great checklist to use.

Tech Hubs in Africa

If you are interested in innovation and technology in Africa, the latest GSMA info graphic report might be of interest to you.

The report noted that there are 314 active tech hubs in 94 cities scattered across 42 countries on the African continent. South Africa, Kenya. Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco have 50 percent of tech hubs in Africa.

South Africa tops the list with 54 tech hubs followed by Egypt 28, Kenya 27, Morocco 21, Nigeria 23, Ghana 16, Tunisia 15 and Uganda 12.

Viva Vegas

Ladies and gents,

I give you Vegas!

View of the strip from “Eiffel Tower”

Aforementioned Eiffel Tower, yes in Vegas

Get away from the Strip and check out the Vegas downtown area. Lots of cool art going on! #Vegasgotculturetoo

More cool art downtown

Don’t forget to check out the crown jewel of nearby Arizona, the Grand Canyon.

What’s Leadership About?

Boston mayor Kevin White,1929-2012

While conceptions of leadership, especially in the developing world context, tend to conjure images of brutal, corrupt and compulsive leaders preoccupied with their own power-amassing ambitions and addressing the lowly masses from on high, true and effective leadership actually has very little to do with oppression, control and domination and a lot with empowering and motivating.To be an effective leader, one must turn all of his or her so called followers into leaders. Paradoxical much? Yet at the heart of this paradox lies a simple yet compelling concept that defines true leadership.

Who’s got time for self care?

As professionals in the non profit sector, we spend so much of our time, energy and work thinking about others.While this is great and fills us with a sense of fulfillment and purpose,we run the risk of burn out and|or stress and anxiety.

It is important for us to take care of ourselves so that we can perform at our best. When we are good to ourselves only then we do good work and this act of taking care of ourselves is basically self-care

But what is self care?

The Cemeteries of New Orleans

In the words of Bob Dylan, “The first thing you notice about New Orleans are the burying grounds – the cemeteries – and they’re a cold proposition, one of the best things there are here. Going by, you try to be as quiet as possible, better to let them sleep. Greek, Roman, sepulchres- palatial mausoleums made to order, phantomesque, signs and symbols of hidden decay – ghosts of women and men who have sinned and who’ve died and are now living in tombs.”

An uncared for tomb

Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s resting place

Project Management tools

Project management is everywhere!

I didn’t choose the PM life, the PM life chose me!

Like seriously I don’t know anyone who grows up thinking, “I’d like to be a project manager when I grow up” but project management for me has happened organically in the planning, organizing and managing of efforts to accomplish goals in a defined timespan. Alot of us are constantly project managing even when we are not and so I decided to embark on this journey to learn about different tools and techniques that make successful project managers. There are some tools out there that I love using and I am constantly evolving, learning in this space. its not a static learning curve but a  process of discovering what works best for your organisation and your project. Here are some of my go-to’s: