October First Thursday - youths, livelihoods, unemployment, violence, David and Goliath, and more

We had lively discussions today. Nine people from Kenya, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, UK and USA, joined me for my monthly "Drop in and chat with me" time. Ideally someone would write a real blog post on this (volunteer needed, please contact me if you might be interested ) This is my best attempt to quickly share what went on.

Cut and paste plus...

This is a very rougly edited cut and paste from the chat, with a few explanatory notes in brackets.  

Dadamac Knowledge Centre - Learning for Livelihoods

Some problems are the same world wide. Youth unemployment is one of them. What can young people do if there are no jobs for them? This is a problem that John Dada is planning to tackle at Fantsuam by providing accessible and affordable tertiary and vocational education for local youths. We have been "rubbing minds" on our vision for such a centre, and how it fits in with what we have done in that past, what is already on the ground, and our philosophy related to learning. We're calling it the Dadamac Knowledge Centre.

Dadamac - rich in people

I'm rich in the people I know, As I think of them my heart lifts at their uniqueness, their mix of vitality, originality, big vision, stubborn determination, humour, curiosity, change-making, "amazing journeys made up of small steps", generosity of spirit, "imagination combined with deep realism", skills, knowledge, readiness-to-learn, wisdom, insights, and breadth of experience.

How to help Dadamac - From re-tweeting to mentoring

If you are wondering how to get involved with Dadamac in a practical way (possibly after reading For want of a nail" - Why a stronger Dadamac is urgently needed) these suggestions are for you. I've started with the smallest possible involvement, and end with a request for mentors and organisational support. Please share with anyone who might be interested. For more information contact me through the contact form.

"For want of a nail" - Why a stronger Dadamac is urgently needed

In "One Network One World" Vinay Gupta explains complex ideas in simple terms, so I'm using his video to explain where Dadamac fits and why we need to magnify and accelerate its work.

Vinay explains the urgency of taking action to raise local standards of living in the slums and rural areas of Africa. He also points to the role of information sharing in making this happen.

I'm reminded of the rhyme:


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