Between the world and Ta-Nehisi Coates

i just started reading 'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which has been on my to-read pile for a while now. It is written in the form of a series of letters between him and his son and speaks into race in America and beyond. This is another book well worth reading, especially as someone trying to understand more the race dynamics of our day and age. This extract jumped out at me: [...]

By | 2017-09-20T10:07:37+00:00 September 15th, 2017|inspire-ations, thorts of other people, what i am reading|1 Comment

Change Cape Town: Outliers event 2017

So last night was the annual Outliers event and it was incredible - six speakers, six talks, ten minutes each, with ten slides accompanying them. With my wife tbV kicking it off and setting the foundation and then just amazing speaker after amazing speaker knocking it out of the park. The edited videos will be up in a while, but i think some of the talks are already available on their Facebook page over here. [...]

By | 2017-09-07T07:53:55+00:00 September 7th, 2017|activities, inspire-ations|1 Comment

More thoughts on ‘Thoughts on the New South Africa’ – Neville Alexander

i shared some of Neville Alexander's thoughts with regards to capitalism in my first post on his book, 'Thoughts on the New South Africa' which you can read over here. This is a second passage which stood out for me. In it, Neville Alexander speaks against the notion of fighting for top spot and creates a vision of the creatives and visionaries of the country helping create a road map to lead us to where [...]

Different strokes

So yesterday i visited my first ever stroke victim's support group.  i should perhaps clarify up front that i have not had a stroke. My friend Stephanie runs the group and invited me to come and check it out after i had an encounter with a stroke victim at the clinic she runs speech therapy at, which led to this status last week: i walked into a clinic today to drop a book off for [...]

By | 2017-08-15T12:25:30+00:00 August 15th, 2017|activities, heroes or heroic moments, inspire-ations|1 Comment

What the world needs now, is mentors, sweet mentors

"What a chop!" "What a flippin punk!" "Oi!"  These are statements i utter in my brain space, and sometimes out loud, when young people who i know are passionate and committed to the cause of racism interruption and poverty transformation and reconciliation and restitution jump on to social media and act like... well, like teenagers really, little kids on a bad day. And it happens a lot. To be fair, i imagine i inspire my [...]

By | 2017-08-15T09:05:40+00:00 August 14th, 2017|activities, inspire-ations|1 Comment

Give these people [of diversity] the mic!

Celebrating diversity.  This weekend i spent time with some young adults from across the St. Johns parish of six churches that i am part of and some others who were from outside of that as well. It was inspiring, fun, challenging, cold, enlightening and just really an amazing weekend. It was diverse in so many ways which was an absolute highlight. The Davidses The weekend was hosted by a friend of mine, Keegan Davids, who [...]

By | 2017-06-12T10:36:06+00:00 June 12th, 2017|inspire-ations, race vibes, South Africa|0 Comments

The revolution is happening [bring hashtags!]

There is a hashtag that reads #NotOnOurWatch - if you've been around for a bit you've probably seen me write it or heard me speak about it. Well as heavy winds rip trees out and strong rains lash Cape Town far and wide, i am hopeful that more and more the movement is starting to take place. My friend Joanne Peers [who is quite a legend when it comes to processing all kinds of issues [...]

Deep Dive Dinners: If you invite them

i had an exciting conversation with my friend Annie yesterday about an upcoming Deep Dive Dinner we are hoping to organise around Race Conversations. Then last night i chatted with my friend Jess in Durban who recently hosted a follow up dinner to the one we did when we were up there - also exciting stuff. i realise that Deep Dive Dinner Conversations are something i have blogged about quite a bit and so you [...]

By | 2017-06-02T08:43:06+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|activities, inspire-ations, race vibes|7 Comments

A Storey of inclusion

i wrote a little bit last week about suddenly being thrust into a world of study as i joined the incredible LUT group to spend the rest of the year diving deeply into Leadership in Urban Transformation. After just four days with the group, i feel like i could already write a ton of blog posts - on the obvious things, but also on some of the kind of side note AHA! moments that happened [...]

By | 2017-05-31T10:06:24+00:00 May 31st, 2017|activities, inspire-ations, thorts of other people|16 Comments

It was Brett Fish in the Study with the Theological Text Book

Monday mid morning i received a whatsapp message from my wife, tbV: How quickly can you make it to Wynberg by train? The answer, as it turned out, was pretty quickly... within forty five minutes she was picking me up and dropping me at The Warehouse where she offices. Within about another thirty, lunch break was over and i found myself studying as part of the LUT group. i'm not gonna lie, i just had to [...]

By | 2017-05-24T06:55:19+00:00 May 24th, 2017|activities, inspire-ations, life|1 Comment