She Speaks: Diverse, Vibrant and Ultimately Satisfying

July 8th, 2019

I was honoured and happy to speak at a recent event simply headlined “She Speaks.” There were seven of us, brought together through the efforts of public relations consultant Antoinette Campbell. We were there to bring her concept into being, and it was exciting. A Jamaica Gleaner report described the evening as the first in an “empowering […]

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“The End of the World Is Nigh”

July 1st, 2019

This was the message on a placard that a man on our London high street used to carry. Or rather, it hung around his neck as he shuffled along, head down. He was a gloomy sight: shabbily dressed, his features perpetually downcast. He was what we used to call a “sandwich man,” with a placard […]

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Youth Activism Is Alive and Well – If Given the Chance

May 16th, 2019

Our Jamaican youth often get a “bad rap.” Many Jamaicans believe they are lazy and self-centered. Millennials, in particular (slightly older) are seen as shallow and obsessed with material things. Jamaican adults often put young people down; between the ages of twelve and twenty-five, say, they are not entitled to express an opinion or have a seat […]

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Clean Kingston Harbour?

May 11th, 2019

Why the question mark? Because I wonder if a clean Kingston Harbour is possible. An exclamation mark might be more optimistic. Let’s order people to get together and make it happen! However, the topic of the GraceKennedy Foundation Lecture on April 3 was devoid of punctuation. It also had a subtitle: Pipe Dream or Pot […]

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But…Can It Be Business as Usual?

April 27th, 2019

Perhaps it’s just me, but the year 2019 seems to have been one of considerable upset for the world. A second, extremely fierce cyclone has arrived in Mozambique (the first one killed over 900 people, although it hardly received mainstream media coverage). On the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, which I visited in late 2017 and […]

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Finding Their Voices for Climate Change

April 15th, 2019

It’s quite challenging. When we are talking about climate change, we need to “break it down.” We must find ways (not one way, several ways) to explain it. We need to demonstrate what is happening here and now, and what may happen in the near future. And we need to point to solutions. Gloom and doom […]

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