Twitter Thoughts, Part 2: Dancehall vs Soca vs Noise

April 24th, 2017

Oh no, not again, I hear you cry! It rolls around every year. Carnival has just come and gone – and by all accounts, including mine, it was the best in years – but not without the chorus of protests from people who don’t appreciate the “imported” phenomenon. Of course this has not only been a […]

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Women Who Inspire Us: An Inter-Generational Discussion

April 3rd, 2017

“Challenge yourself! Be bold. Challenge yourself! But you don’t have to win…” So said Shaquani McKenzie, the moderator of a discussion I participated in on the evening of International Women’s Day. Shaquani, a member of the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN) – has a wide, sunny smile. She welcomed the group of young people – […]

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RISE and the EU: A Partnership to Strengthen Civil Society

March 27th, 2017

On International Women’s Day, I was happy to see a lineup of four women at the head table for a workshop on the Civil Society Boost Initiative (Strategies and Tools for CSO Sustainability). At the opening ceremony, the partnership in this initiative was represented by Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador […]

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Opportunity Knocks, Part 2: The Power of The Human Connection in Business

February 19th, 2017

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) Summit, an event in support of JN Foundation’s ongoing project funded by USAID. At that event I talked to social entrepreneurs about harnessing social media in marketing one’s business. There’s a lot of “social” going on in that paragraph, isn’t there! And […]

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Marketing Your Social Enterprise on Social Media: The Importance of “Feeling”

February 5th, 2017

Let’s grow the social economy. This was the message of a large and very successful meeting last week in Kingston.  At the meeting I spoke on the topic of social media marketing for social enterprises at the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) Summit in Kingston. SEBI is JN Foundation’s empowering program that supports the growth […]

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Do Our Visitors Feel Safe and Comfortable? And Do We?

January 15th, 2017

Over the weekend, I read a story (reproduced in a number of overseas newspapers online) about a bus crash that occurred a year ago, which resulted in the death of a tourist and the injury of 18 others. The bus was reportedly overtaking at high speed along a stretch of road in Trelawny on its […]

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