When Social Media is social…

A lot of people hate social media - and with good reason. Those bridge lurkers have ruined it for us. But it is important to remember that social media in itself cannot be good or bad. It is simply a tool. People use tools for good or bad. And i have a deep-seated theory that 'People tend towards stupid' which is why some tools have warnings that look something like this: Which [...]

By |2018-11-20T11:26:26+00:00Nov 20th, 2018|activities, inspire-ations|0 Comments

The two elders and the swine

i know a good number of people have been eagerly watching and waiting for this feedback. Let me start by firstly saying, 'That's good and well and fine and all, but it's not good enough. Have your own conversations. Invite differing opinions and viewpoints to your house for coffee. Take these conversations offline.' = = = = = = = = = = = = The Context A few weeks ago there was a bit [...]

When issues become people

i am convinced that the solution to South Africa's problems lies in relationships. Issues can feel quite overwhelming - and they are - but are also somewhat easy to take a break from or switch off. When it's your friend who hasn't eaten or is struggling to find work or is lying in a hospital bed, then it's a lot easier and more natural to show compassion and want to be involved. Another fire [...]

By |2018-10-27T08:44:13+00:00Oct 27th, 2018|activities, change the world|0 Comments

Justicing all the way to the Conference

If you live in a bit of a vacuum you may not have heard of the Justice Conference in South Africa that is happening next week Friday and Saturday. If that is the case - and even if it's not and you've seen this before - give this a watch: The Ripple Effect i have been involved in a lot of camps and conferences in my life that have [...]

40 Tips for white people asking, ‘But what can I do?’ – a summary

40 Tips to help white people to answer the question, 'But what can I do?' when it comes to race and reconciliation in South Africa. And we have made it to the end of the 40 - which one[s] felt most helpful or relevant to you [show us some love in the comments section]? In this post i give a quick summary of each tip to remind you of the journey we have made together [...]

But What Can I Do? Tips #36-40

#ButWhatCanIDo? Tip #36 We can be a little kinder to each other. Now this works as a tip and life lesson in general and the world would be a better place if most of us adhered to it, but specifically here i am thinking about white people on the journey away from racism to other white people on the same journey. 'When we forget that before us is first a person and then an opinion [...]

By |2018-10-01T12:25:49+00:00Sep 20th, 2018|#NotOnOurWatch, activities, race vibes, South Africa|5 Comments

A Frikkin Hashtag: #IfAnimalsWereHuman

How much different might the world look if animals were human? We decided to find out... [The Story So Far: Every Wednesday at 12 noon South African time [6am EDT] an inspired and growing number of brilliant, creative and absolutely fun people from all around the world take part in what is called a Hashtag game. @AFrikkinHashtag [say it out loud] is South Africa’s #1 Hashtag game and is always a lot of fun. The [...]

But What Can I Do? Tips #31-35

And we are heading down to the final straight as we make our way through the last ten tips for white people genuinely asking, 'But what can I do?' when  it comes to race and nation-building in South Africa [and beyond] - glad to see you're still with us... #ButWhatCanIDo? Tip #31 Leave your camera at home. This one goes out to white people on mission trips or white people visiting the townships or white [...]

By |2018-09-24T18:35:39+00:00Sep 15th, 2018|#NotOnOurWatch, activities, inspire-ations|1 Comment

The Bad News is out: It isn’t Facebook that’s Toxic, it’s me!

i witnessed a pretty unfortunate and brutal exchange on Facebook yesterday. Unfortunate in that i know both people involved and am sure that if the three of us had sat around a table together we would have had an amazing time and the two others would very likely have become good friends. But it didn't go down that way because there were two people who didn't know each other, responding to only what was in [...]

By |2018-09-11T10:48:33+00:00Sep 11th, 2018|activities|0 Comments

But What Can My Business do? A response by Megan Furniss!

Dear Brett, I have been following your #WhatCanIdo campaign with distanced interest. I have dipped in and out of the discourse without committing to it thoroughly for a number of reasons. I’ll explain some of them briefly. 1. It may be arrogant of me, but I think I am out of the starting blocks in regard to #WhatCanIdo. I acknowledge my whiteness, try to be an ally and I am vocal in calling out racism [...]

By |2018-09-05T15:51:07+00:00Sep 5th, 2018|activities|1 Comment