Archive for the ‘Generations’ Category

ERFA-Logo-no-backgroundWith a huge focus on Africa and the tremendous investment of many countries into the continent, it is no wonder that more and more articles are being written about its potential and its challenges. From youth unemployment to the creating of sustainable platforms of development, Africa is certainly high on the agenda of many leaders around the world.

Today I want to share for discussion three different articles written by three different authors who might not even know about one another. Yet all three of them were in fact not just complimenting each other, but also strengthening and challenging each others viewpoint.

The first article highlights the urgent need for companies to change their approach in becoming more like training schools who are there to equip and empower people. They need to start with training early and do it as often as possible. They need to make use of mentors and feedback programs to continuously monitor the growth and progress of each employee.

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For the last few weeks I have been in many conversations around ‘Aid vs Trade’. Fully understanding the negative implications around the providing of Aid in a world of desperateness, the opposite also exist that Aid in combination of discipline, guidance, and empowerment, could serve as a catalyst for change.

Below are two great ‘Ted’ conversations worth discussing. The first challenging the thought about ‘Aid vs Trade’, and the second giving great inside as to the growing economy and future of our beloved continent.

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Compass-web-300x199“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open” – Elmer G Letterman

“Things turnout best for people who make the best out of the way things turnout” – author unknown

Motivational slogans have been part of my life for a very long time. They keep me going and just when I think I have reached the end of myself, the following slogan reminds me that things are still ok;

“Eat a live frog, every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you all day”

Isn’t it amazing, we tend to live this dream of which even we are not sure what the next sunrise may bring. Life has this way of exposing glimpses of the future that motivates us to take the next step. For some this might be strange or not true, but I strongly believe that if we keep focusing forward and are attentive to the things happening around us, we might be surprised of what we will discover.
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ImageRecently I had the privilege to be part of a team who facilitated the MANI Emerging Leaders Gathering (ELG) for Southern Africa. It has indeed been an enriching experience as we explored the uniqueness of the ELG, how it relates to previous and coming generations, and how it sees itself in relation to Global Evangelisation.

Young people from various regions across Southern Africa gathered for two days in Pretoria under the banner of MANI – Movement for Africa National Initiatives. Their goal was to learn from each other, and to produce a continuous working document on who the ELG of Southern Africa is. This was done in relation to a broader strategy established in March this year when a small group of us gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to establish the Africa ELG network. The Southern Africa gathering was the first of five(5) regional gatherings that will take place in the coming months.

Although a thorough report will be released soon, I can share a few interesting discoveries:

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EthiopiaDuring a recent visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I had the privilege of being part of the launching of an Emerging Leadership Network for Africa. This is a huge step in the right direction as I strongly believe the time for Africa to stand up and take its rightful place in the world of global missions has arrived.

Under the covering, leadership and guidance of the Movement for Africa National Initiatives (MANI), five of us gathered for three days to share stories from our own regions and our desire to see a more unified voice on the continent. On Saturday we had the opportunity to meet a group of younger leaders from Ethiopia and heard how they too desire a more unified platform from where they can be more effective in that which they are already doing.

Although much can be said on our time together, I thought it good to post a few comments made by these younger leaders as they viewed the way forward as an Emerging Leadership Generation (ELG).

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salt_of_the_earth11One of the more discussed topics currently circulating the mission world is that of the ‘global north vs the global south’. With many referring to the global south now leading the way as to how missions are to be done, the question from those in the global north are what their responsibility heron forward should be.

Calisto Odede of Nairobi, Kenya, refers to the people of the south as the ‘people from the 11th hour’. Reading from Matthew 20, he acknowledge the great momentum people from the north gave in spreading the gospel amongst those in the south. However, although those who came early have been part of the mission movement much longer, their responsibility is not greater than those who arrived on the 11th hour. As those of the south start to take their responsibility within God’s mission movement, they are not to be seen as late comers, but us fellow workers who are to receive the same payment at the end.

Stories of great missionary legends such as David Livingstone are well known in mission circles around the world, which is great. But how many people know the names of ‘Chuma’ and ‘Susi’? The unknown heroes who carried his body for five month to the coast where it was then taken to Britain. We would not have known about the story if it wasn’t for these two men; people from the 11th hour.

The situation in the South is changing, very quickly. The question is not as much how the global north is to adapt, or what the south is about to do, but rather how we are to ensure the gospel is taken from everywhere to everywhere?
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Recently it has become a norm for people to use infographics to communicate statistics, research findings, and trends. Designing an infographic can be a difficult and research-intensive task. From all the research that is involved to making sure the design conveys the right message, some say it’s art, others would say it’s a science. (Designdisease)

In the digital age, the saying has never been more relevant; A picture is worth a thousand words. To cope with the daily onslaught of information we’ve become content grazers, skimming headlines and post descriptions for the promise of bite-sized nuggets of information. (Intersection Consulting)

Infographics are easy to digest, easy to share, and create great brand awareness. However not all infographics tell the whole story, or in some cases tell any story. Building an infographic requires some research by itself to avoid the unwanted of just being a cumulation of graphs, fancy art work and color use. (Speckyboy) (more…)