Tag Creativity

#159: Reflections on Rwanda

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Good morning dear friends I have just returned from the Africa Impact Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. The Forum is a biannual gathering of ALI fellows from across the continent. In the room were people from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania,…

#151: Librarians are superheroes

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When I was a child, my parents had a friend who visited most Decembers. Over the years it became customary that I was given time to ask in detail about her year, how she’d spent her budget, and what acquisitions…

#149: Think Differently

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“To refuse to do the crappo thing is to strike a de facto blow for quality…” – George Saunders   Last week’s letter was much longer than normal.  It was, as described by one of the responses I received, ‘chewy’,…

#143: The Power of the Powerless

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“Only by creating a better life can a better system be developed” Hello my good friends It’s been a while. I’ve missed you. As I’ve wondered how to restart our conversation, I’ve followed what the world has advised about starting…

#137: Creativity and Curiosity

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Good morning everyone Our last two letters zoomed in on the serious job of starting a new job. If you missed them, you’ll find them here. Today, we zoom out to creativity and curiosity. As you know, I love seeing…

#123: Fall In Love

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Over the past few weeks, it has felt to me that we could all do with some gentleness, with some love and kindness. When one looks, there is a lot to fall in love with. Of course, Banyana Banyana won…

A Pan-African Imagination

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This Tuesday is Africa Day and so I have turned to a Pan African Pantheon to inspire our imagination, for in the Pan-African tradition an inspired imagination is the precursor to expanded freedom. / STRATEGY Marcus Garvey stated, “A people…

Three Quotations To Consider

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Hello Everyone Today’s letter is lucky number 13, our thirteenth letter of the year. We’re in April. Remember where you were this time last year? Yep, locked inside! I went through two roadblocks on last year’s 1.2 km Easter grocery…

Working With Soul

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Last week Sihle Nontshokweni celebrated the fact that her children’s book, Wanda, which she had co-authored with Mathabo Tlali had received its first international review. They wrote the book to “encourage young children to love themselves for what they are born with, despite what society may…