Watch your carbon footprint: Same product and same price but different packaging

 

Comparing prices can be literally rewarding, and it also keeps your brain fit.

When you actually look at the prices and remember them, you start to spot oddities and inconsistencies right away.

Like this one, where the refill costs as much as the original, so buying the less wasteful option is not incentivised:

The refill for this dishwashing liquid costs the same as the more wasteful bottle when it should costs less, as less packaging was used.
The refill for this dishwashing liquid costs the same as the more wasteful bottle when it should costs less, as less packaging was used.

 

If you wonder why your bill at the till ends up so high, start watching your prices.

It’s fun to challenge yourself to do the maths and it feels good not to be taken for a fool because you know your numbers.

 

Watch your prices: Bigger amount is not always cheaper per unit

 

Generally, buying in bulk means you can save some bucks.

But don’t just grab the larger size, check the prices before.

Take it as your daily brain exercise and quickly do the maths for a reward that is not only good for your mind, but also for your wallet.

 

This example shows that bigger does not always mean cheaper per unit:

Watch your prices: Against the usual practice in this example it'd be cheaper to buy 2 of the small sizes than 1 of the bigger size.
Watch your prices: Against the usual practice in this example it’d be cheaper to buy 2 of the small sizes than 1 of the bigger size.

 

Don’t be taken back by the numbers, round it up and it’s an easy one to work out:

The larger amount is twice as much (125g + 125g = 250g), but 2 x R22 is R44, which is less than R50.

 

It is these kinds of inconsistencies that when spotted can save you a lot of money.

Well, in this case R6, but it all adds up.

 

So start watching your prices, it feels good not to be taken for a fool because you know your numbers.

 

Watch your costs: Same product but different prices

 

Comparing prices is literally rewarding: You can save a lot of money!

 

But it’s also rewarding as a brain exercise: Keep mentally fit by remembering your prices.

 

This also helps you spot inconsistencies, as you actually look at the price and don’t just blindly trust the supermarket that they indeed offer you the best deal.

 

Such as this oddity, where the same product is displayed with different prices:

The same feta cheese is advertised with different prices. A difference of R5! Which one is the actual price to pay?
The same feta cheese is advertised with different prices. A difference of R5! Which one is the actual price to pay?

 

If you wonder why your bill at the till ends up so high, start watching your prices.

 

It’s fun to challenge yourself to do the maths and it feels good not to be taken for a fool because you know your numbers.

 

Watch your prices: Same offer but different amount

 

If you want to change the world, put your money where your mouth is. Literally.

 

Women have the majority of buying power, imagine what could happen if all made a point of supporting women’s businesses.

 

Being conscious about how you spend your money includes comparing prices.

 

Especially in supermarkets, where it’s so easy to be mislead.

 

Watch out: At a first glance these two offers might look the same, but the amount is very different.
Watch out: At a first glance these two offers might look the same, but the amount is very different.

 

Make it a fun game to spot offers and quickly do the calculations in your head to find out if this is indeed a good price.

 

You’ll be surprised how many of these so called offers turn out to be quite a rip-off.

 

Women own the majority of purchase power

 

Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases.

 

Women drive 70-80% of all consumer purchasing decisions.

 

If women decided to support women owned businesses it could change the economic landscape.

 

Let’s support each other!

 

INFOGRAPHIC: Women Control The Money In America
INFOGRAPHIC: Women Control The Money In America

 

#Equality #WomenEmpowerment #WomenSupportingWomen #WomenInBusiness #WomenMeanBusiness #Entrepreneuse #GirlPower

 

Happy Women’s Equality Day! 

 

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26 in the USA.

The celebration commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The amendment granted women the constitutional right to vote.

Women’s Equality Day was first celebrated in 1972.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day!

 

Women's Equality Day 2020
Women’s Equality Day 2020

 

#Equality #EqualityCantWait #GenerationEquality #GenderEquality #WomensRights #HeForShe #EqualPay #WomenWednesday #WomenEqualityDay #WomenEmpowerment #WomenSupportingWomen #WomenInBusiness #WomenMeanBusiness #Entrepreneuse #GirlPower #Feminism #YesAllWomen

 

International Women’s Day 2020: #GenerationEquality

Happy Women’s Day! 🙂

 

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) is,
I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.

 

The generic symbol for gender equality combines the symbols for Masculism and Feminism in an equal way.
The generic symbol for gender equality combines the symbols for Masculism and Feminism in an equal way.

 

A very clear message that most pro-women initiatives are simply about equality.

 

UNICEF says gender equality “means that women and men, and girls and boys, enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections. It does not require that girls and boys, or women and men, be the same, or that they be treated exactly alike.” 

 

When I voice women’s rights I’m often belittled as a feminist or I’m being accused of being against men.

 

It is astounding how some men appear to be fearful of women excluding them and how guilty some women seem to feel when they support other women – not excluding men, but not making the whole shebang about them either.

 

There seems to be an underlying resistance to give more power to women.

 

But women are not asking for more power.

 

Women are asking for equal power.

 

And in order to get to an equal balance with men, women still need more support from both sides:

 

–  About three-quarters of violent crimes against women are committed by males.

–  The majority of rape victims are female.

–  Women are still being paid less than men.

–  Worldwide 1 in 4 girls are neither employed nor in education or training – compared to 1 in 10 boys.

–  Women’s mobility is limited in many countries.

–  Women suffer more severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men.

 

… and the list goes on…

 

We’re still far far off from achieving gender equality, for example:
The global pay gap will take 202 years to close.

 

In times of #20Plenty, let’s make this a year of #20PlentyForAll and change this world to a better place for everyone.

 

#BeTheChange

#Vision2020

#20Plenty

#20PlentyForAll

 

#Good #Practice #Tip: Work-Life Balance with OPPP – One Page Personal Plan

 

We live in fantastic times where work-life balance is even a thing.

A relative new concept from the 1970s / 1980s, work-life balance is the state of equilibrium in which demands of personal life, professional life, and family life are equal.

 

In order to give our private life the attention it deserves, an equally powerful tool like the OPSP can help to keep the focus on what’s important for you personally:

 

A summary of your own goals: One Page Personal Plan

The One Page Personal Plan provides a clear overview of your short-term to long-term goals.

It gives you a birds eye view to see how your different life goals can fit together.

It also boils down your great expectations to achievable steps.

It can help align your goals with the goals of your life partner, – why not do the exercise of filling in the OPPP together.

The process of setting your life goals alone is a big step in your personal development: Do you know what your goals actually are? Do you know how to get there?

 

It feels good to have a direction in life, unless of course you like to live dangerously:

#Good #Practice #Tip: Success thanks to #OPSP – One Page Strategic Plan

 

There are many handy business tools out there.

And that’s exactly what’s overwhelming.

 

With all these different brainstorming, design thinking, copy strategy methods we create a lot of content.

It’s important to keep an overview to stay on track.

 

At a glance summary: One Page Strategic Plan

The One Page Strategic Plan shows everything you need in a concise outline one one page.

You can print it, hang it up on the wall and grasp what you are doing, why and who you need for that in one glance.

Furthermore, others can see if they’re on board with it.

And even better: The process of working out the 4 Key Decisions of Verne Harnish’s Scaling Up step-by-step formula aligns everyone’s goals, bringing all together in completing the One Page Strategic Plan.

 

Get cracking at your strategy, so you won’t have to revert back to: 

Our Strategy is to develop a Strategy!

New Year’s Resolutions that work

A new year, a new you! This year will be different!

 

It’s easy to dismiss new year’s resolutions as unachievable with the news pounding into us that only an elite few of 8% ever manage to stick to them.

Unlike us ordinary humans who last on average a mere 12 days until we break our annual commitment.

 

So why set yourself up for failure? some would conclude from this.

 

Because something is better than nothing. To start something is better than never giving it a try.

If we need motivation to achieve our goals in the year ahead, then why not get a kick-start from the good old tradition of making wishes for the new year.

While it is lovely to make a wish upon a star, this is also a great exercise to define your path ahead.

 

New Year’s Resolutions that work:

–  Take it easy by choosing one word to inspire your upcoming year.

–  Turn your resolution into a ritual.

–  Set SMART Goals, try CLEAR Goals.

–  Create a One Page Strategic Plan.

 

Happy #20Plenty!

Happy #20PlentyForAll!

 

#EnoughIsEnough: Remember 4-3-114

EnoughIsEnough: South Africa protests over violence against women

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The SouthAfrican:

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 12.1 in every 100 000 women are victims of femicide in SA each year.

Surprisingly, there are three countries with a higher femicide rate than South Africa. Honduras, by a wide margin, has the dishonour of being the worst place in the world for the murder of women – their femicide rate stands at a despicable 32.7 – more than double that of its nearest competitor, Jamaica (15.5).

Our neighbours in Lesotho complete the top three, recording a rate of 15.4 murdered women out of every 100 000 citizens. South Africa is fourth – according to the WHO – and Guinea-Bissau completes the top five with 11.1

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TimesLIVE:

According to a 2018 Crime Against Women in South Africa Report by Statistics SA, a woman is murdered every three hours.

About 3,000 women were murdered last year – or one every three hours – which is more than five times higher than the global average, according to the World Health Organisation.

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The Citizen:

South Africa’s legal definition of rape is broad. It includes the oral, anal or vaginal penetration of a person (male or female) with a genital organ, anal or vaginal penetration with any object and the penetration of a person’s mouth with the genital organs of an animal.

The police recorded 41,583 rapes in 2018/19, up from 40,035 rapes in 2017/18. This means an average of 114 rapes were recorded by the police each day.

The rape rate increased from 70.5 in 2017/18 to 72.1 in 2018/19.

#EnoughIsEnough

#SheIsMe  #WeWillNotBeNext  #WeAreTiredOfBeingScared  #Femicide  #OneEveryThreeHours  #WakeUpGovernment 

#EnoughIsEnough: South Africa protests over violence against women

EnoughIsEnough: South Africa protests over violence against women

 

Femicide rates in South Africa are “five times” the global average.

 

A woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa.

 

#EnoughIsEnough is Cape Town’s response as thousands take to the streets #RememberingUyinene:

The 19-year-old’s life came to a tragic end when she was raped and murdered at a post office.

 

Women and men alike are reacting in very emotional ways as they chant, sing and mourn:

 

Protesters are dressed in black in remembrance of the many lost lives:

 

Strong statements in reaction to the violence against women:

 

Typical: A peaceful protest is met with equally strong police force:

 

#SheIsMe  #WeWillNotBeNext  #WeAreTiredOfBeingScared  #Femicide  #OneEveryThreeHours  #WakeUpGovernment  #WomensMonthDisgrace

 

South Africa is in the 2019 FIFA Soccer World Cup

 

Banyana Banyana are making history playing for the first time in the FIFA World Cup.
Banyana Banyana are making history playing for the first time in the FIFA World Cup.

 

I hear on the news about the CAF Champions League and the Cricket World Cup, but it was only by chance that I learned the 2019 FIFA Soccer World Cup is on, and South Africa is in!

 

That might be, because it’s the Women’s World Cup. As usual with male dominated sports, no-one seems to pay attention when women do it.

 

Back in 2010 we kept our fingers crossed in anxiety the host nation would not make it into the Soccer World Cup themselves.
Bafana Bafana made it, but hopes got crushed when South Africa became the first host nation in World Cup history to be eliminated in the first round.

After that, we were not surprised they didn’t even qualify for the 2014 nor 2018 FIFA World Cups.

 

Not only did the South Africa women’s national football team qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it was also for the first time ever, thus making history.

Now Banyana Banyana is battling it out at group stage and it’s a tough group with Germany and Spain.

But no-one seems to care!

 

It really astounds me how sexist sports and sports news reporting still are.

 

Anyhow, on 17 June 2019 South Africa is playing against Germany and I for one want to watch this game.

 

I just have to find a place where they actually screen it…  😮

 

First Thursdays: Great for children too

#FirstThursdays #CapeTown: Also children enjoy the art galleries. #LoveCapeTown #Art

 

First Thursdays is always worth a visit.

Every time there’s something new for inspiration, some nice and uplifting interaction here and there, great vibes and meaningful art.

 

This time we went with children, that alone offered a new perspective on things.

 

Adults might look at art with a focus on interpretation, but children just see what’s in there. The exchange between the two can be very insightful.

The contrast and vibrancy of African art and its storytelling forms and shapes appeal to kids and parents alike. With a variety of styles and topics, everyone can pick an art piece they like.

 

Some art that caught our eyes on our stroll through Cape Town on First Thursdays:

 

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#LoveCapeTown

 

Zeitz MOCAA: Always worth a visit

 

I last visited the Zeitz MOCAA for its grand opening, being impressed and amused by its contemporary art.

 

When I attended the Imbali Art Books: Adventuring Into Art launch I arrived early and took the opportunity to get a quick glance at the latest exhibits.

Some I already knew, but there was a whole lot of new art to discover.

 

Here my selection of art pieces that spoke to me in a meaningful and thought-provoking grasp of catching my eye:

 

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TSIATSIA by El Anatsui at Zeitz Mocca

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Osborne Macharia at the #ZeitzMocca

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The Amazing Black Man by Kumasi Barnett at the #ZeitzMocca

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Fabric of the Universe by Kathy Robins at the #ZeitzMocca

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Atang Tshikare at the #ZeitzMocca

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Gerald Machona at the #ZeitzMocca

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Kadara Enyeasi at the #ZeitzMocca

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Liona Nyariri at the #ZeitzMocca

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Aristotle Roufanis at the #ZeitzMocca

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Loyiso Mkhize at the #ZeitzMocca

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Greg Shaw at the #ZeitzMocca

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Richard Mudariki at the #ZeitzMocca

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Cosmos Shiridzinomwa at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kufa Makwavarara at the #ZeitzMocaa

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John Kotze at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kresiah Mukwazhi at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Gillian Rosselli at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Anthony Bumhira at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Chris Ofili at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kehinde Wiley at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Cheri Samba at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Jeremiah Quarshie at the #ZeitzMocaa

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And of course always one of my favourite things to do at the Zeitz MOCAA: Going up in the elevator!

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Going up in the glass elevator – always great fun at the #ZeitzMocaa

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#TheDailyMusicShow is featuring SA music legend Steve Fataar

 

One of South Africa’s living treasures is coming to The Daily Music Show!

 

A legend in the music scene:

Steve Fataar formed iconic sixties soul-rock band The Flames in 1963, touring England and the US in the late 60s.

After an impressive discography The Flames recorded the only non-Beach Boys album on the Brother records label under the name “The Flame” in 1970.

Shortly after Steve Fataar left the band to return to South Africa.

 

Take a trip down memory lane with Steve Fataar’s Golden Jukebox.

Tap along to the fan favourites or take a good listen to the lesser known jewels, either way you’ll be in for a treat of the golden oldies.

 

Steve Fataar & Friends are playing at The Daily Music Show.

Steve Fataar & Friends are coming to The Daily Music Show!
Steve Fataar & Friends are coming to The Daily Music Show!

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

#TheDailyMusicShow presents: Kyle Shepherd

 

The Daily Music Show presents: Kyle Shepherd Quartet
The Daily Music Show presents: Kyle Shepherd Quartet

 

Kyle Shepherd is one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists, composers and band leaders of his generation, internationally recognised for his distinctive compositional style and performances.

 

The award-winning pianist, recipient of the ‘Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year’ Award (2014)‘ in the jazz category and the coveted ‘UNISA National Piano Competition Award (2015)‘ was selected for the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC 3) ‘21 ICONS South Africa Season III’ (November 2015)‘ for “his ability to transcend cultural barriers by using music as an art form to communicate commonalities and differences across diverse nations”.

 

Kyle Shepherd graduated with a Masters of Music degree cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2018.

 

And now we get to see Kyle Shepherd live on stage at The Daily Music Show!

 

Exclusively and for the first time in public Kyle Shepherd will be playing the signature tune of The Daily Music Show, entitled ‘Down Klipfontein’, which he was commissioned to compose.

 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience world talent in the cosy setting of The Daily Music Show.

You can choose a date from Friday 29th March to Thursday 4th April, daily from 6.30pm to 8.30pm with optional dinner afterwards.

 

Book your tickets for the The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0747201847 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Auriol Hays tonight only at #TheDailyMusicShow

 

Tonight only at The Daily Music Show: a Farewell Performance by Auriol Hays before she leaves for France.

 

The Night Only with Auriol Hays at Thedailymusicshow tonight.
The Night Only with Auriol Hays at Thedailymusicshow tonight.

 

The Night Only with Auriol Hays – a night to remember:

 

Comedian, actor, activist, radio and TV personality Eugene Mathews is the Master of Ceremonies.

Up and coming stand-up comedian Keith Mukhram is opening the show with his dazzling comedic prowess.

Auriol Hays is performing some fresh new songs she just penned in the last few months!

 

You’re in for a treat: Delicious food is on sale and guests are greeted with welcome drink on arrival.

 

And to top it all, this concert is happening for a good cause:

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Cornerstone Institute’s Bursary Fund.

 

So book now to see Auriol Hays one more time before she is off to France:

Call 0747201847 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by tonight!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Do what you like, every day

 

Apparently it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert.

 

So better start now!

 

I started committing to #ABlogPostADay back in February 2017.

 

I took a break. It didn’t work. After such a long time of making writing my daily habit I feel bad not doing it.

 Yours *TrulyJuly* Blog Post Frequency: Taking a break did not feel good.
Yours *TrulyJuly* Blog Post Frequency: Taking a break did not feel good.

 

It’s a relative easy task to implement: Whatever it is you really like doing, the thing you dream of being your career one day, do it. Every day.

 

So, if you like photography, take a picture every day. Even if it’s just a snapshot with your phone.

If you like baking, bake every day. Or at least tend to your dough every day.

If you like painting, paint every day. Or at least draw or doodle every day.

If you like running, run every day. It doesn’t have to be long. Simply getting into the routine to put on your running gear helps.

If you like cooking, cook every day. Or at least think of a recipe every day.

If you like to cycle, cycle every day. Even if it’s just to get from A to B.

If you like playing the guitar, play every day. Even if it’s just your favourite piece of music.

If you like reading, read every day. One page will do for a start.

If you like soccer, kick the ball around every day. The kids in our street do it, every day after school.

 

If this is really what you like doing, it should come naturally to you to do it as often as possible.

If this is really where your passion lies, you’ll find a way of doing it.

 

And if you don’t, then it’s maybe because this is not your true calling.

 

Either way, commit to it every day and you’ll soon find out.

 

See the Cape Cultural Collective at The Daily Music Show

 

The Cape Cultural Collective at The Daily Music Show.
The Cape Cultural Collective at The Daily Music Show.

 

The Cape Cultural Collective (CCC) started rather informally in the second half of 2007 when a few musicians and poets, with vague notions of developing a progressive cultural space, met on the occasional Monday evening for some impromptu performances at a noisy Irish pub in the City.

In 2008, the group migrated to the District Six Museum and this is where CCC began to take shape, hosting a series of exciting monthly cultural programmes with music, poetry, dance and drama. Early successes included a growing relationship with the museum, the birth of the CCC resident band JAHM and the bringing together of a group who came to be known as the ‘CCC poets’.

The process was driven by a core team who shared common ideals. The CCC developed a focus as a non-racial, non-sexist, inter-generational cultural movement promoting social activism and change and reflecting on history and memory.

 

Now you get the chance to see the Cape Cultural Collective at The Daily Music Show!

 

The CCC has assembled a 14 person ensemble that will present a powerful combination of music, poetry and dance. The members of the ensemble come from many parts of Cape Town and uniquely render all their songs in the Cape’s main languages – English, Xhosa and Afrikaans.

The ensemble sings popular and traditional songs and collaborate with some of the Mother City’s top poets, dancers and musicians. The CCC uses the medium of the arts to unite people and communities and promote youth development.

A show not to be missed: The CCC on stage at The Daily Music Show!

 

Tickets are R150 pp and include wine / juice and snacks.
To book call 0747201847 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by on the night!
Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

What is a Social Enterprise?

 

Social Enterprise Academy Africa
Social Enterprise Academy Africa

 

As part of a course on Leadership for Social Change we looked at what defines a Social Enterprise.

 

There are many definitions out there, but we didn’t look at any of them.

Learning by doing is a much more powerful way to remember information, so we undertook different exercises facilitating our understanding of social enterprise.

 

The Social Enterprise Academy outlines the following:

Key Characteristics of Social Enterprises

–  Social Enterprises have a social or environmental aim at the heart

–  Social Enterprises trades as a means to a social or environmental end

–  Social Enterprises mainly reinvest their profits into their social or environmental aim

–  Social Enterprises’ activities are guided by ethical values

–  Social Enterprises can take a number of legal forms

 

Yet, there is no certification or other program to enable a venture to be officially deemed a social enterprise.

 

So we came up with our own way to describe how running a Social Enterprise makes you think:

The problem is my business.

The beneficiary is my profit.

 

© Social Enterprise Academy 2019 Creative Facilitator class:

Akhona Jolingana, Alex Shabalala, Beauty Magudu, Belinda Guillot, Belisa Rodrigues, Jabu Dlamini, Julia Ranzani, Lelethu Tom, Lungani Mogale, Margo Ackeer, Moipone Ntseke, Mzwandile Lugogo, Nollias Chiro, Shakespeare Nyamakambo, Zikhona Madubela

Special thanks to Moipone for the creative spark and Belisa for facilitating.

 

Next artist up on #TheDailyMusicShow: Ramon Alexander

 

Ramon Alexander, master of Cape Jazz, is starring at The Daily Music Show!

 

Combining a deep sense of groove with strong lyricism, Ramon’s band showcases both:  up-and-coming and seasoned musicians.

His sometimes contradictory quirky sense of humour and his reverence for his craft are on full display whenever he steps on stage and slides behind the keys.

It makes Ramon a rare find: a brilliant musician as well as an exciting live performer, but foremost a marvelous human being!

 

Ramon Alexander live at #TheDailyMusicShow from 22 to 28 Feb.
Ramon Alexander live at #TheDailyMusicShow from 22 to 28 Feb.

 

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to see Ramon Alexander live up and close in an intimate venue:

Buy your tickets for The Daily Music Show now. Order on Quicket or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

Or simply pop by on the night!
Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

A special evening for Valentine’s: Trudy Rushin live at #TheDailyMusicShow

 

Every show is different at The Daily Music Show and this week features a special programme with Valentine’s Day coming up.

A great Programme for the Week at #TheDailyMusicShow.
A great Programme for the Week at #TheDailyMusicShow.

 

Trudy Rushin is a singer-songwriter-composer who plays guitar.

On February 14 and 15 she ads add a sprinkle of magic to The Daily Music Show with her vocal-guitar jazz music.

 

Trudy Rushin thoroughly enjoys performing, in collaboration with other musicians, but also as a soloist, singing her own songs.

She writes about things that affect her in everyday life, exploring both dark and light emotions.

Her songs often have more than just a hint of humour, and audiences respond well to the range of issues and emotions she sings about.

 

Surprise your loved one with tickets for The Daily Music Show. Order now on Quicket.  ❤

 

Chad Saaiman tonight only at #TheDailyMusicShow

 

Another great music act to star at The Daily Music Show!

 

For one night only, Friday February 8th, talented singer / songwriter and recording artist Chad Saaiman performs at The Daily Music Show.

 

Chad Saaiman stars at #TheDailyMusicShow.
Chad Saaiman stars at #TheDailyMusicShow.

 

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to see Chad Saaiman live in an intimate cosy venue, surrounded by friendly likeminded people, spiced up with treats of amazing art and yummy Cape Malay snacks.

 

Book your tickets for the The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

 

For directions find The Daily Music Show on Google Maps.

 

AfricaCom 2018 – Africa’s largest tech and telecoms event

AfricaCom is happening for the 21st time in Cape Town.
AfricaCom is happening for the 21st time in Cape Town.

 

AfricaCom is the world’s largest African Telecoms, Media & Technology Industries event running for the 21st time this year.

 

I was lucky to nearly attend half of the AfricaCom events, lucky, because AfricaCom offers invaluable networking opportunties.

Just check out my LinkedIn profile: many of my connections I established at AfricaCom.

 

Also this year’s AfricaCom event is packed with networking and learning opportunities:

Headliners: AfricaCom will present a series of top talks from some of the world’s leading experts in their field. The content is free to all registered visitors and should not be missed. The programme kicks off at 09H00 on Tuesday and will be held in Auditorium 2 in CTICC 1.

Hear from the likes of: Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO MTN; Olabiyi Durojaiye, Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission; Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications, Republic of Ghana; Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Special Advisor, Smart Africa, Former Minister, Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, Government of Rwanda; Herman Singh, Group Chief Digital Officer, MTN; Mohamed Dabbour, CEO, Africa, ‎Millicom; Babak Fouladi, Group Chief Technology & Information Systems Officer, MTN; Siyabonga Mahlangu, Group Executive: Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, Telkom; Nicholas Naidu, Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom and Francis Mumbi, Innovation Lead, Stanbic Bank.

Premium Conference tracks: There are a number of in-depth and highly pertinent keynote presentations, panel discussions and meet & greet sessions this year. Make sure you have your delegate or VIP pass to gain entry into these critical conversations, shaping Africa’s digital future.

Technology Arena: Housed here is the AHUB (with an exceptional line-up of panellists and discussions); Africa Video Forum, an array of cutting edge exhibitors; the AfricaCom 2020 – the centre of conversation and informative presentations and of course; the AfricaCom 2020 bar – happy hour from 16H00.

The Connectivity Hall: ­Located as normal in CTICC 1, is where you’ll discover the companies who are the backbone of Africa’s connected communications – the nuts and bolts that make it all happen.

AFest: AfricaCom’s official launch party, will take place at Shimmy Beach on Tuesday 13th November. With a great line-up of entertainment, this is the place for fun as well as important networking.

AfricaCom Awards: The awards will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018. Notification of winners will be distributed post the event so as not to spoil the news. The after party, however, is free to attend to all registered parties.

 

AfricaCom is an excellent event to gain insights and information, but importantly, it is also a key networking opportunity to make new contacts, conclude business and plan for the future.

 

I can’t wait to meet all my AfricaCom buddies again! If you’d like to connect with me at AfricaCom, register for a FREE visitor pass.

AfricaCom is taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 13th to 15th November 2018. Just pop by, visitor registrations can also be done at the event.

 

Hope to see you there! 🙂

 

Women’s Day Chaos

Cape Town Castle of Good Hope Women's Day Exhibition.
Cape Town Castle of Good Hope Women’s Day Exhibition.

 

Women’s Day!

 

Hooray I thought and looked up online what to do on Women’s Day.

 

A lot of stuff is heavily being advertised for and then costs a fortune.

 

Other stuff goes unnoticed.

 

And then there’s stuff that’s simply confusing:

Exhibition: We Cannot Be Silent – Castle of Good Hope

 

Already entering the Castle of Good Hope greeted us with a problem.

 

The exhibition we wanted to see was advertised as free, but not considering that the Castle of Good Hope was actually not free.

 

Subsequently, by the power of the people, the Castle of Good Hope was today free.

 

So we went in and as the receptionist wanted to explain how to go, I waved a don’t worry, we’ll find it, – I didn’t want to bother him too much.

 

He said it’s difficult to find and he was right, because 2 hours later we had seen everything of the Castle and more, but not that exhibition.

 

So just when he was about to lock up, I did ask him to show us and he walked all the way.

 

And it was a way! At some point I simply uttered a baffled ‘wow’ and he laughed: You would’ve never gone this way!

 

True.

 

We turned right at the stables and when I thought: Can we go inside? We walked around them to the right, into a narrow alley way that was all yellow and just when you thought you’d get sucked up into the narrow yellow pinpoint flow we turned left into a dingy dodgy side room that resembled an old wine cellar and on the shabby strippy walls hang some pictures.

 

In the middle of all: Some broken furniture.

 

The receptionist apologises: We had some high profile visitors here today and for it they had to clean up this rubbish. Looks like they just dumped it in here.

 

Here was where this exhibition was supposed to take place.

 

There was another room, but the door was slammed shut without a door knob to open it.

 

The receptionist mumbles that he needs to go get the door knob and shuffles off.

 

We’re left alone in this dungeon very much resembling the torture chamber we had just visited around the corner.

 

Time to look at the art, because the photographic portraits were simply amazing.

Wearing dark clothing in front of a dark background with the light source coming from the top, the portraits look like they emerged out of the dark, creating a contrast stark silhouette and focusing clearly on only the essential, – that person in the picture.

 

Good thing we’ve seen it, bizarre thing it was so abandoned.

 

The setting was strangely fitting, it actually worked to have the broken furniture slayed against the art, a violent act frozen in time, just what this exhibition is about.

 

Bewildered we left, reviewing the odd experience.

 

Maria Reiche on Google Doodle

 

So Google is all emancipated to feature a female scientist on their Google Doodle.

 

Doing scientific studies sidesaddle on a chair? I don't think so.
Doing scientific studies sidesaddle on a chair? I don’t think so.

 

Somebody then please explain to me why she sits all sexist, like on a sidesaddle on her chair. Surely as a scientist this is not how you’d sit to observe the desert.

 

Maybe Google’s researcher got confused with the Maria Reiche homage in Vogue Paris. I couldn’t find an original photo of Maria Reiche showing her sitting sidesaddle.

 

Of course I’m happy to see Google’s efforts in creating awareness on women scientists.

But please, how about a realistic and not a fashion induced, stereotypes confirming way.

 

Happy Women’s Day!

Happy Women’s Day! I am a woman. What’s your superpower?

I hope you get the chance to celebrate Women’s Day today.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

That means women and men alike can celebrate this day, supporting equality in all fields for women.

 

However, it appears the internet thinks it’s a day to celebrate women like Mother’s Day. By which it becomes commercialised and keeps on reinforcing old boring stereotypes.

Just look at these horribly sexist greeting cards floating around online:

 

Wrong! You don't have to be beautiful to celebrate Women's Day.
Wrong! You don’t have to be beautiful to celebrate Women’s Day.

 

Wrong! You don't have to be a mother to be celebrated as a woman.
Wrong! You don’t have to be a mother to be celebrated as a woman.

 

Wrong! You don't have to be beautiful to be celebrated as a woman.
Wrong! Every woman is equal.

 

Wrong! Women who are nice don't get anywhere.
Wrong! Women who are nice don’t get anywhere.

 

Wrong! Every woman deserves to be celebrated.
Wrong! Every woman deserves to be celebrated.

 

The list goes on. And all I had been looking for was one meme that actually empowers women.

Luckily, being a woman I don’t give up that easily and eventually was successful:

 

Happy Women’s Day! I am a woman. What’s your superpower?
Happy #WomensDay!
I am a woman. What’s your superpower?

 

😉

 

The difference between Self-Defence in Germany and in South Africa

Martial arts instructor Kenneth showed us ladies that it doesn't need muscle to defend yourself. Take part in self-defence classes to be safe.
Martial arts instructor Kenneth showed us ladies that it doesn’t need muscle to defend yourself.

 

During heritage month the Cape Town Self Defence Institute (C.T.S.D.I.) offered free self defence classes for women and girls.

I had only heard about it on the radio and was lucky enough to catch where and when it would take place. So on a Saturday morning I made my way over to Oude Molen in the hope to find the class.

Organised by the Yes We Can Sport & Jazz Foundation they had a great gym facility and quite a big group of women battling it out. Some of the women were devoted regulars, who had attended all the classes already offered, and helped teaching others to defend themselves.

 

I had taken part in self defence classes also in Germany, but yet again, I would soon learn that South Africa is of a different calibre:

Whereas in Germany the key to the self-defence class was to learn that there’s always a way to free yourself from the attacker, that was it, as it was assumed once free you can run away.

However, in South Africa, that is not enough: While we also learned that no matter what debacle you’re in, you can always fight back your attacker, here it doesn’t stop with running away:
The risk that your assailant will attack you again is too high. So we went a step further and also learned how to hurt people. Because in South Africa, fending someone off won’t help: You also have to incapacitate them before running away.

 

In a country with the highest rape rate in the world, and the most women being killed by their partners, this should not come as a surprise.

But to me it is.

Will I ever ‘get used’ to the high crime rate in South Africa? Where when your home got burgled the police tells you to be more vigilant? Or where the police is not even reachable and all you get on the emergency number is that ‘our agents are busy right now’?

Here in South Africa us women have to overcome our own caring nature and learn how to injure others physically, so that when the assault happens, we are prepared.

Well then, if that’s what it takes, let’s get training:

Check out the Cape Town Self Defence Institute (C.T.S.D.I.) for their classes. As their slogan rightly says: Make the attacker your victim!

 

The Making of a Criminal: Part 2

The Making of a Criminal: Part 2 was performed at the Artscape as part of the See Me: I Am Human Indaba.
The Making of a Criminal: Part 2 was performed at the Artscape as part of the See Me: I Am Human Indaba.

 

While the radio was talking about the Jazz Masters Tribute at the Artscape Theatre Centre, just around the corner at the Arena a very different kind of event took place.

 

The real deal

But that was not apparent to me at first, because I was late: I had booked the ticket over 3 months ago and the time had changed. This meant I entered the performance with very little context: My knowledge about it had fainted to ‘something to do with prisoners’, and because I had missed the introduction, that was all I was left with.

So I just opened up all my senses to make sense of what was unfolding on stage.

Two things sprung out at me after only a short while:
–  The performance was highly emotionally charged.
–  The acting was somewhat unprofessional but in a very human way.

It dawned on me that this might be the real deal: That these were real offenders, sharing their own personal story through a platform provided to them as part of their rehabilitation: the theatre.

And indeed: During interval lovely Janine next to me explained these were all real prisoners currently in jail and pointed out the guards on duty, who I had not seen in the darkness and now noticed were many.

Watching the next performance I realised that the provided context made little difference: I was just as much taken on a rollercoaster of emotions from laughing and crying, to cheering and applauding profound truths.

The audience was moved and responsive, from secretly wiping tears away to snapping fingers in agreement.

The message was clearly stated in the last poem: Nothing That is Human is Alien.

And that is really what we learned that night: A glimpse into the human side of offenders, past stereotypes and prejudices. Raw and real. Touching to the core.

These are real people who deserve real chances.

 

How can we help?

This was the question circling our minds, as this had been the last performance of this year’s group and it meant for everyone: ‘back to normal’, but what is ‘normal’ in these circumstances.

A discussion opened up in the theatre and continued in even more depth in the women’s bathroom resulting in these suggestions:

–  Don’t judge.
–  Share the message.
–  Provide space for theatre and rehearsal.
–  Support outreach programmes for offenders.
–  Bring more outreach programmes to prisons.

 

Driving home they announced on the radio that after the interval they’d get back to the Jazz Masters concert at the Artscape. I had just left and already this was how everything went back to ‘normal’ for me.

But of course there is more we can do:

 

Get involved

For another amazing example on how acting helps rehabilitate offenders listen to this podcast about the Prison Performing Arts initiative.

This just shows that theatre works as a crime prevention intervention. And why not? Why do we pay actors millions of bucks for faking it when we could use a fraction of the money to upskill people who can tell the real story?

So support future productions of The Making of a Criminal:

Follow the Help I Am Free cultural outreach project: https://www.facebook.com/HelpIAmFree.

Like the NGO Nicro (the National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders): https://www.facebook.com/NICROSouthAfrica.

Donate to their crowdfunding campaign: http://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/the-making-of-a-criminal-part-2.

 

The inscrutable museum label

 

Interesting piece of art. But what does it mean? Is there an explanation somewhere?

 

I don’t see any museum labels. Wait! There on the floor, is that it?

 

What does it say? I can’t read it. It’s such a small print. And on the floor! You have to kneel down to read it.

 

It says: “DISCLAIMER – Tickets are valid for 7 days from the chosen date. This ticket is not refundable.”

 

Inspiring: Contemporary art at Zeitz MOCCA

 

Nicholas Hlobo's 'Iimpundulu Zonke Ziyandilandela' ('All the Lightning Birds Are After Me') in the Atrium of the Zeitz MOCCA.
Nicholas Hlobo’s ‘Iimpundulu Zonke Ziyandilandela’ (‘All the Lightning Birds Are After Me’) in the Atrium of the Zeitz MOCCA.

 

Cape Town for free: At the Grand Public Opening of Zeitz MOCAA entry was free for the long heritage weekend.
If you hadn’t snatched up complimentary tickets online you could still get them at the museum on the day.

Queuing wasn’t bad: It went quick and was well managed. We spent the time waiting productively by browsing through the brochure about the Grand Opening Weekend.
While I had difficulties reading out aloud some of the extravagant wording it gave a good overview and interpretation of the gallery exhibitions.

The museum alone is worth a visit: The atrium shows the architectural craftsmanship that turned an industrial building into an art piece itself:
The silos are carved out half way in at various heights, revealing the skeleton of the construction, forming an organic bulb, with honeycomb sockets for elevators and staircase.

Down the spiral:

 

Turning silo into art:

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Walking through the different sections of MOCAA reminds of the Tate Modern, where you are taken from experience to experience.

But in the end what we are looking at is art, which is subject to subjectivity – you might like it or not.

From comparing MOCAA with a colonialist cathedral dazzling the illiterate with trophies to temporarily mistaking a lost ticket for an art piece’s most important museum label,
from parents’ speechlessness to children feeling at home amongst the art,
from ushers’ personal account to the curator’s contextual explanation as he mingled informally with the visitors:

The contemporary art is stimulating, triggering a reaction which turns into interaction and conversation.
The space is open and intimate enough to allow for spontaneous comment and individual reflection; it’s a bit like you can feel the art.

Or well, at least smell it!

 

Go see for yourself, free every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm for African citizens.

 

Have you got what it takes to be a #copywriter?

A magazine ad I wrote back in the day. You can tell, because I used my mom's name! ;-)
A magazine ad I wrote back in the day. You can tell, because I used my mom’s name! 😉

 

Are you an autodidact?

A copywriter needs to become an expert in any given field in a very short time.

Can you write about technical equipment? No? Well you better learn quickly, because the copy must sound like it was written by a professional in the industry.

You might get a brief, but this is only a summary. For the nitty-gritty authentic stuff, you have to do your research and catch up quickly.

 

Are you a wordsmith?

And with that I don’t mean are you creative, but do you understand the concept of language, and are you excelling at grammar and spelling.

I’ve worked in agencies where copywriters had to be proofread, because they didn’t even master their own language.

That is like wanting to design jewellery without understanding the materials and processes: It doesn’t work. And eventually, it’ll fail. This is the reason why there’s so much bad copy with even worse spelling errors out there.

 

Can you get to the point?

The attention span of consumers is shortening and so is the copy. Can you describe the purpose of that product in one sentence, or one word? This is essential to stay on topic.

The best copy is still a fail if it doesn’t achieve the goal it was written for.

 

Are you an empath?

If you’re an ego-driven narcissist, you might fit in well in the advertising world, but your calling should not be on the creative side.

The copy you write, no matter how commercially driven, needs to connect with the reader. And enough to grasp and hold their attention.

 

Can you be a translator?

The client talks in industry slang, the agency talks in industry slang, the techie guys speak in industry slang. But the consumer doesn’t understand any of that, and you need to translate. Depending on who the end-consumer is, you might need to translate into their specific choice of tone and words, too.

Translators even have a specific word for that: Localisation – when you adapt the copy for the market, not just the language.

 

Are you a creative?

Can you come up with a clever idea or a funny joke, at the snap of a finger?

There are ways to spur your creativity, and good agencies will inspire, train and incentivise you.

But when it comes down to it, it’s just you and the blank screen.

 

Can you perform under pressure?

In the agency world everything has to happen yesterday. There are real deadlines at stake, and they don’t just swoosh by, there are serious knock-on effects if you cause delay in the machinery of advertising production.

An easy way to tell if you excel under pressure: How did you do at your school exams? If you attended well-prepared or even if you just pitched up to somehow wing it, you probably have a great ‘I’m ready to tackle whatever comes my way’ attitude.

 

Can you distance yourself from your writing?

The client is always right. So if they make it sound like your grandma just got transported back into the medieval ages, then you have to let go.

Yes, that is the moment, when you’re no longer a writer, but are starting to turn into a media prostitute or short: media pro. 😉

Welcome to the media world. 😀

 

There’s a word for female entrepreneur: #Entrepreneuse

The female figure with her wonderful well-rounded curves was the inspiration for this painting: “Droplets – Woman” © Julia Ranzani

 

To me this sums up perfectly what is wrong with gender equality in the business world:

 

For supporting women to do business, networks for “women entrepreneurs” or “female entrepreneurs” are being formed.

 

“Entrepreneur” is a French word and means “businessman”.

So a female entrepreneur is a female businessman, or a female male enterpriser.

 

How about we don’t try to do it the male way, but stay true to our womanhood? What could we possibly improve if we oppress ourselves into the oppressor role just to get ahead in our career or enterprise? Female qualities are much more helpful in the workplace. Luckily it looks like the days of patriarchy and masculine business models are coming to an end.

 

So instead of forcing our femaleness into the male practice and become a female businessman, how about we turn the word into a female version?

 

The French language has by default a male and a female version and the female form of “entrepreneur” is: Entrepreneuse

 

So let’s carry it with the grandeur and pizzazz it suggests and do business in a more feminine way. And not because we are feminists, but because feminity is underrepresented in our current business landscape, and we need to strive for more balanced leadership.

 

Join the Entrepreneuse network on Facebook and Google Plus.

 

Online Portfolios for Creatives to showcase your work securely

Note how the ‘Save image as…’ function is not available on Flickr.
Note how the ‘Save image as…’ function is not available on Flickr when downloading images is disabled.

 

It’s a dilemma every creative is facing:

Sharing your content and getting exposure OR protecting your art work from piracy.

 

Here’s how to get the best of both:

Not all platforms are treating your content with the security measures it deserves to be protected from plagiarism or copyright infringement. A simple ‘copy and paste’ or ‘right click and save as’ can mean your content going viral without any attribution linking back to you.

 

Make sure you stay in control of your content by publishing it on

online portfolio sites you can trust:

 

Flickr

Flickr allows you to set your images as not downloadable to others. While this doesn’t stop anyone from saving a screengrab, it’s at least sending a clear message that these images are your intellectual property.

In addition Flickr offers you to embed your images from their platform, meaning all their security efforts stay intact with your picture.

 

Your own website

Using any third party platform means you are subjected to their rules and could get your account deleted without much you can do about it. Having a home for your content establishes you as the first point of contact for your content. There are many free services for creating an online portfolio website to choose from.

 

Behance

Behance lets you acknowledge the people involved in the art work properly, so there’s no excuse not to give credit where credit is due. Behance makes citing all these individuals really easy.

 

Dribble

Dribble uses small screenshots to let you promote your work. This is a low resolution intended only for quick snapshots showcasing work in progress.

 

DeviantArt

DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and promotes a strong Community Etiquette Policy and Copyright Policy.

 

Cornerstone Institute Talk on why evolution must be taught in schools by Prof Wilmot James

Professor Wilmot James gives a passionate talk on 'Liberal Education and the Biology of Race in Human Societies'
Professor Wilmot James gives a passionate talk on ‘Liberal Education and the Biology of Race in Human Societies’

My eyebrows raise up instantly when I see the words ‘human’, ‘race’ and ‘biology’ too close together.

So I was keen to attend a talk called ‘Liberal Education and the Biology of Race in Human Societies‘ by Prof Wilmot James at the Cornerstone Institute. Apparently his talk the day before ‘Why some people get AIDS and others don’t’ had already stirred some discussions.

Looks like Wilmot James knows how to pick a controversial title for his presentations, as the talk turned out to be on evolution and why it must be taught in school.

Right at the beginning he clarified that there is of course no race distinction between skin colours, we all belong to one race: the human race.

To appreciate the diversity of humankind, he actively promotes teaching evolution in school for these simple basic reasons:

  • The purpose of education is not to get a job, but to get an understanding:
  • There is a moral obligation to teach the most modern knowledge available:

Prof James pursued in giving a concise history of human evolution, quasi a teaser of what Darwinism is about.

His sensitivity towards people who ‘object’ the theory of evolution (I put this in quotation marks, as it is actually impossible to object a fact…) shows in his approach towards this much debated topic: Evolution theory versus Creation myth.

He suggests that the two don’t cancel each other out, addressing the issue that while science and the medical industry take evolution for granted, biology lecturers around South Africa still fail to teach the theory of evolution.

Instead the tension between religion and science can be good as observed by Francis Collins, the scientist who deciphered the human genome.

But for this to happen evolution needs to be taught in the first place. As Professor Wilmot James emphasises: It’s the biology teachers’ responsibility to expose pupils to Darwin.

Cornerstone Institute Talk: The Challenges and Possibilities for Education in South Africa

Professor John Volmink, Chairperson of MIET Africa, gave interesting insights into education statistics at the Cornerstone Institute Talk: The Challenges and Possibilities for Education in South Africa.
Professor John Volmink, Chairperson of MIET Africa, gave insights into education statistics at the Cornerstone Institute Talk ‘The Challenges and Possibilities for Education in South Africa’.

 

Professor John Volmink, Chairperson of MIET Africa, addressed the question “Are we at a much worse place today than in 1995?” in his talk about ‘The Challenges and Possibilities for Education in South Africa’ at the Cornerstone Institute.

 

In order to enter such highly debated discussion, John drew on both, his professional as well as his personal experience of the education system:

From his involvement in the curriculum reform in post-apartheid South Africa to being a father of ten to anecdotes about bakkie loads of exam papers and his own personal life-changing moment of getting funded to study, John provided great insight into what it takes to deliver education in Africa.

He summed up that we need to overcome five challenges to improve the South African education system:

Challenge 1: Inequality – there are currently Two Education Realities

Challenge 2: Poverty – recommended reading: Teaching With Poverty in Mind

Challenge 3: Dysfunctionality – put a stop to ‘Selling of Posts

Challenge 4: Lack of Courageous Leadership – mentorship programmes such as The Principals Academy can help

Final Challenge: Walking Together
John concluded: “We cannot take responsibility for the whole system, neither should we try and find the ‘silver-bullet’. What is needed is a ‘game change’: We need to find a way to walk together.”

 

Take a look at the photos of the speakers at the event.

Blended Learning the future for education

Alan Amory, from the South African Institute for Distance Education, is the Visiting Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his talk at the Cornerstone Institute he addressed how technology is/will be used in the education, training and development landscape in South Africa.
Alan Amory, from the South African Institute for Distance Education, is the Visiting Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his talk at the Cornerstone Institute he addressed how technology is/will be used in the education, training and development landscape.

Did you learn how to learn? Can you recall being taught how to learn in school or university?

Knowing how to learn might be the most needed skill for the future path of education, as essentially all information out there is available in one mouseclick: online.

What is Blended Learning?

The term blended learning is generally applied to the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students.

It is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. While still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.

It’s increasingly used to describe the way e-learning is being combined with traditional classroom methods and independent study to create a new, hybrid teaching methodology.

Why Blended Learning?

Blended learning has many advantages, to name but a few:

What is the future of Blended Learning?

According to Alan Amory, worldwide trends in education go towards blended learning methods, which currently focus most on instructive and cognitive learning. Hopefully including more mediative education in future, Alan added as a side note to his talk at the Cornerstone Institute.

Regardless how quickly blended learning is integrated in the education system, one thing is clear: With nowadays technology you can access any information online and teach yourself as much as you like.

The one thing you’d need to learn for that however, is how to learn.

As most of us learned in a traditional one-way instructive-only environment, we need to ask ourselves: How can we design teaching better, now that we have the opportunity to rethink education systems with the implementation of blended learning.

Talk: Dr Kumi Naidoo, the Executive Director of Greenpeace International

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, gave a realistic yet hopeful, a commemorating and entertaining talk at the Cornerstone Institute about Planning for the 22nd Century, Environmentally.

Kumi Naidoo asks why there is such slow progress (in regards to tackling climate change) when the science is so clear:

Kumi Naidoo encourages: “Fundamental part of facing these challenges is to reclaim our democracy.”

He warns: “Most countries have a form of democracy without the foundation of a democracy.” And gives as an example: “USA is as good a democracy as money can buy.”

Kumi criticises South Africa’s corruption:

Kumi continues by commemorating his friend Lenny who told him: “You must not give your life, you must give the rest of your life.”

An emotional talk about sacrifices:

Kumi rounds up his talk by quoting Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Kumi Naidoo concludes: “If Gandhi was right, we’re just one step away from winning.”

Sneak Peek: Ranzani Egg Potjies launch at Open Design

Get a first glimpse of Ranzani Egg Potjies at Open Design

Ranzani Africa Egg Potjie in red with gloss.
Ranzani Africa Egg Potjie in red with gloss.

Launch of Ranzani Africa Egg Potjies at Open Design

You are kindly invited to the launch of the Ranzani Africa Egg Potjies this weekend,15/16, and next weekend, 22/23 August, at Open Design.

Pop by and meet Ranzani Trading Design from 12:00 to 13:00 at the Maker Stations stand, Watershed at V&A Waterfront.

The Ranzani Egg Potjies are miniature versions of what is used to make the traditional South African “potjiekos”, literally meaning ‘small pot food’.

Have your Sunday breakfast egg with a dose of fun and a dash of colour. Alternatively use Ranzani Egg Potjies as pinch pots to serve salt and pepper in. They also work well as tea light candle holders.

Ranzani Egg Potjies bring South African flair to your kitchen table:

  • Modelled after the South African “potjie”, a three legged cast iron cooking pot
  • A fun way to serve soft- or hard-boiled eggs within their shell
  • Dual purpose: Use as pinch pots to serve sea salt or crushed peppercorns, or use as tea light candle holders
  • High quality porcelain guarantees durability and pure colour brilliancy
  • Handmade by local crafts people, making each Ranzani Egg Potjie unique

See photos of Ranzani Egg Potjies on Ranzani Design Flickr.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of this design update.

Service Design: Understanding your customer better

Creative Communications Photo - Redesigned Customer Journey
The redesigned customer journey results in an improved customer mood. – Presentation by Robert Bloom, Partner/Founder DT Group and DT Academy

 

The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) is running a series of interesting events around Service Design.

At the CCDI business breakfast on Service Design Gillian Benjamin and Robert Bloom gave a comprehensive overview:

Service design is the premeditated design of customer experiences from beginning to end. It focuses on the interaction with customers, and will allow you to see ways of improving service and related customer experiences.

Service Design introduces new vocabulary such as Touchpoint and Customer Journey. With such it is quite a game changer in focussing further on customer satisfaction.

 

How can Service Design benefit your business or organisation?

Start seeing the Touchpoints, think of the memories you want to evoke:

  1. Really understand the customer: What really counts, major preoccupations, worries and aspirations.
  2. Understand customer pains, and make them easy.
  3. Understand the emotional bond between the brand and customer.
  4. Align the company actions to build emotional bonds
  5. Form a holistic, human centered view of the customer experience.

 

Prototyping helps you to fail early, it’s about learning from your mistakes. Where failure is generally regarded as negative, prototyping ensures you fail forward.

But how do you prototype a service?

  1. Understand your customer: Create persona profiles of your most active customers.
  2. Put yourself into the customer’s shoes: Think of a great service experience. What made it great?
    • A smile: the human touch
    • Turning an order into a present: expectations met and exceeded
    • Clear information delivery: empowerment through transparency
    • Super fast transactions: speedy turnaround
    • Quick production line: no more waiting
    • Turning a complaint into a reward: appeasing disgruntled customers
    • Have a clear point of contact: one-stop-shop with all the answers
  3. Model the situation in order to work out where you could change it, then test with real people how they interact in this space, change it and test again.
  4. Make things tangible and visible:
    • Services are perceived not to be physically tangible but there are lots of ‘touching’ elements to it.
    • Put up a big board, use post-its, visualise the processes, take photos, watch.
    • Storyboard up your customer interaction, then play it through with the different personas, the different engagements that can happen.
  5. Do role playing with staff, so they understand the customer’s point of view.
  6. Find out what the people like about the process and strengthen on that.

 

So, what are the principles of service design?

  1. Iteration: This is a constantly changing environment and you need to constantly adapt to it.
    • Analyse the status quo, does it work? If it doesn’t, iterate to the next best solution: Develop, implement, redevelop, reimplement.
    • ‘Upcycle’: Never stay with the status quo, keep on iterating, never stop in the development, think in cycles.
  2. Crowdsource: By canvassing a large crowd of people for ideas, skills, or participation, the quality of content and idea generation will be superior.
  3. Cocreate: Lower your risk bycocreating and getting real results.
    • Cocreate solutions by involving your staff:

– Empower your staff to solve problems themselves, to make decisions. Otherwise they will not know what to do, this way you get their buy-in and strengthen loyalty and morale.
– Have people working as a team, not in competition to each other.
– Share values and believes, get staff to identify with your goals by being transparent and informative about them.

    • Cocreate with the customer:

– Do your home work: Research your customer preferences.
– Get customer feedback early. Allow easy feedback channels.
– Launch a beta version with an exclusive customer base. Involve them by gathering their comments, learn their opinions, take on their recommendations, ask them for solutions.

 

For more information on Service Design:

Cape Craft and Design InstituteService Design training

Design Thinkers GroupService Design downloads

Policy making – the designer way

Having fun at the Design Policy Conference, as part of World Design Capital.

 

Policy making is generally associated with bureaucracy, red tape and politics.

So when I was invited to the Design Policy Conference as part of the World Design Capital initiative, I was curious:

How do people from an industry that strives to push creativity to its max, turning ideas into innovation deal with policy making?

 

Here’s what I took away from the Design Policy Conference:

 

  • Design is in everything

Everything around us is designed. Often this only becomes apparent when we encounter design fails.

In the end, a well designed product means it was well thought through, taking into account every possible user and their specific needs.

Unfortunately in nowadays times of cheap Chinese products and rushed to launch apps, this gets all too often forgotten. Especially in industries that don’t think of themselves as creative, but stick to traditional conservatism.

What I learned: Get a designer’s input, it can offer a new perspective and solution.

 

  • Design centers around us humans

Ulrich Meyer-Höllings: “Designers and those that think like designers could be the perfect CEOs in businesses as designers have all of the skills required to survive and prosper in this turbulent environment. Industries that are struggling to survive like banks and media are now trying to learn new processes from designers such as understanding people and their behaviour. Designers can redefine the business landscape and inject a more people-centred view.”

What I learned: We are human by birth, but we are people by design. (Dale Dutton)

 

  • Design needs policing

Whereas there’s a lot of criticism towards ‘Design by Committee’, which apparently results in a camel for a horse, there needs to be a direction in order to achieve results.

However, you can have the bestest policies, it still takes people to implement it. That’s why a solid Design Strategy is required to provide that plan to put things into action.

As Carlos Scheliga pointed out: Design Policies need to be a society decision, you need to have the engagement of the citizen. It needs to be a state policy, not a government policy. Shift the mindset: Design can improve all public services. The city is the natural environment of the human being. It’s our nature to be together.

He added: “People are mobilising, organising, conducting or exerting pressure for transformations. Depending on how this popular participation interacts with city administrations, it could represent a great opportunity to build the desired city. It is clear, therefore, that design policies can catalyse the improvement of urban space and should involve the participation of citizens.“

 

  • Design can’t collaborate too much

Once the goal is clear, it seems with design you can’t have enough input. As with techniques to stimulate creativity such as brainstorming: No idea is a bad idea. Any idea can spark off something great.

But how can the public truly be involved in the decision making process? As with all good ideas, solutions don’t have to be complicated: One good example are the WDC stickers, which rate whatever people think is design.

What I learned:
One of the key reasons policy making takes so long is because the parties involved don’t trust each other. Collaboration needs trust. Trust can be achieved through relationship, which can be formed through interaction, which can be sparked through experiences, which can happen at events such as the Design Policy Conference, for example: the War Horse performance.

 

  • Design is cool enough to make mistakes

Whereas people in the public services space fear failure, in design errors are forced out early to guarantee a fool-proof product through the process of prototyping. Other industries could implement similar techniques to gather real results quicker and find a sustainable solution faster.

What I learned: Policy making and business decisions could be improved by incorporating design thinking. (Richard Perez)

 

Mother’s Day – lovely handcrafted gift idea

Ceramic heart painted in dry brush technique
In the spirit of gifting: Make a personalised Mother’s Day present.

When it comes to finding a present for Mother’s Day I prefer something personalised, something that comes from the heart.

So I looked for inspiration and came across John Bauer’s exquisite ceramics. One of his signature artistries is to imprint fine lace and other knitted patterns into his porcelain.

As with all people who have found their true calling, John is thriving on exercising his talents. He has produced a many beautiful things. One very endearing one is a ceramic heart you can stick to the refrigerator.

I was fortunate enough to snatch one up, as I felt this makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift. The heart itself with its fragile delicateness of detailed designs is gift enough. But I wanted to personalise it.

John Bauer is also incorporating a special clay mixing technique that leaves lovely traces of colour in the pottery. This made my decision a tough one, but I chose to paint over it.

There is a simple enough dry brush painting technique that works especially well if the surface has a high contrast structure. And so the results were stunning: With very little effort the decorative reliefs sprung out and came to life.

Using different colour saturation and dryness, I created various looks on the different parts of the heart, exaggerating an in-depth, almost 3D appearance. This was fun! And it enabled me to give the heart for my mom a very personal touch.

As the heart is so light, I could post it like a normal letter. I can’t celebrate Mother’s Day with my mum in person, but now I can at least send a small token of my love instead.

If you’d like to learn how to dry brush or where to purchase John Bauer’s ceramic hearts, please contact me: TrulyJuly@web.de

Happy Mother’s Day!