John Dada is very seldom in the UK, but on November 25th he will be in London. If you have an interest in the work that John does at Fantsuam Foundation and the work we do together as Dadamac then you are welcome to come and join us. Details here - please note that you will not need to be a fully paid up member of the GlobalNet21 group to attend this single meeting - but you will need to register as we have to give names to reception in advance.
ICT4D guru Wayan Vota writes 'We do it every day. We refer to the people we are working with as “beneficiaries”. For years, I used this term as well, but I’ve stopped. I’d like you to stop too. ..... In technology solution design, it is a standard business practice to work with the clients and customers. In international development we are (or should be) working with people to find ways to accelerate social and economic development. So the term “beneficiaries” should never be used'.
Andy Wales' article on "From development goals to global targets?" in Guardian Professional has overlap with work in Dadamac, I was interested in what he wrote about 'post 2015' goals, "getting a good job" and "education" because everything I do has some relationship to 21st century lifestyles, life-long-learning, and livelihoods,
Last weekend I was at Lime Wharf for Neo-Nomadism and the Lifestyle Hackers (BTW the link includes twitter handles for some people I admire). The five minute talks were mind-stirring, The afternoon workshops moved my thinking forward. I want to remind myself of the ideas that connected - hence this quick blog. It's not a clear explanation, more of a list.
These are some of "the dots that joined up in my mind":
This post was previously published on September 27, 2010, on posterous. (It's reproduced here because posterous no longer exists.)
Thanks to Blog Action Day I've been thinking about "Human Rights" and their opposite "Human Wrongs". The "Human Wrong" most on my heart at present is the waste of human potential that happens when people are unable to find appropriate work.
I asked Filo to share her impressions of her first months at Fantsuam. She captures perfectly the atmosphere that I remember from my visits. Enjoy!
This overview of current initiatives and ideas in Dadamac, is related to lack of employment opportunities in Nigeria and elsewhere. The focus is on youths, but our concerns are in fact wider than that.