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To March or not to March [and the answer is Yes!]

This started out as a Facebook status but got a little long: A bunch of people have been asking me what they should do tomorrow or for advice on what to do and let me straight up say, "i don't know!" i certainly am not someone who gets this as much as i want or need to and i have a whole lot of learning to do - i just talk about it a lot [...]

#BlackMonday review: Wear black if you want, but also don’t.

So #BlackMonday was a thing. For anyone who missed it, i wrote a post during the day collating a lot of the stuff i shared and read which i titled: Bleak Monday: Studios were touched It was in some ways a frustrating day, but i also saw a lot of what felt like really helpful engagement which for the most part was positive and for that i am grateful. We don't have to all end [...]

The Justice Conference: The Quotes [Part I]

Yesterday i shared some overview thoughts and impressions from The Justice Conference that we were part of this weekend. i was on the social media team and my role specifically was to sit in meetings and workshops and tweet standalone thoughts [in 140 characters or less, or 16 less than that once you include the hashtag #JusticeSA2017, which incidentally you can click on in the Twitterer to connect with a lot of those thoughts] Part [...]

The Justice Conference: an overview

Where do you begin talking about the first ever Justice Conference South Africa? Maybe you start with a huge shout out to your wife, Valerie [aka tbV which stands for The Beautiful Val and is only not awkward when i am the one calling her that] who was in charge of bringing the whole thing together and did an incredible job at that. Or Craig Stewart whose dream it was and who invited Val to [...]

Why i am not drinking alcohol in 2017

So i'm not drinking in 2017 [just in case the title wasn't too obvious]. i mean i'm drinking water, and coffee, and chocolate shots if i ever go back to Spice Route cos chocolate shots, Mmm... but not the alcohol. And it's not actually the biggest deal. i don't think i have a drinking problem [ah, but that's EXACTLY what people with drinking problems say]. i just was thinking about not drinking for a year [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|activities, positive ideas for change|5 Comments

My word for 2017: Interdependence

Interdependence: The dependence of two or more people or things on each other [Oxford English Dictionary] i have just returned from an incredible few days camping at the Cederberg with an assortment of pretty amazing people. Much fun and games and dam building [yup, we literally built a little dam and it made the one pool rise about a meter - impressive stuff] and time and reflection and food and words and Extreme Bocce Ball matches [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|activities, inspire-ations, people, positive ideas for change|0 Comments

Beware the Ides of 2017

To 2017 and beyond... i imagine this might come as a surprise to some people... or maybe not. But in the last week or so i've had a strong sense that God has been telling me that i need to get a little more hectic in 2017. You might not agree with this if you were one of the people who responded with a strongly worded response to my 'The Passion of the Chris' blog [...]

Come and Race with me

When it comes to things about race, i have been on a journey for just over two years. i have certainly not arrived and assume this will be a life long journey. But i did realise that i couldn't ignore it any more or choose to get involved if, when and how it suited me. Living in South Africa right now means that issues of race, justice and poverty have to be forefront in my [...]

Community Parenting: Advice from those who don’t have children. [Intro]

Do i as a person without children have anything of worth to offer as advice to those who do? This blog post or mini series comes out of an article i wrote for 1Africa this morning, titled, 'Other People's Children: An offer of help' with the bottom line being that i do believe we might have something to offer. Which led to me posting this as my status on Facebook: For ANYONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE ANY CHILDREN, [...]

8 steps to help me ally better

"How can i be a good ally?" Well one of the ways is to definitely do some work. Read, research, listen, watch, don't expect people [especially black people] to spoonfeed you all the answers. But i did come across this which was created for Americaland but has some strongly helpful overlaps for our present situation and context. This is from a list put together by an activism camp called 'Localise This' and it's a list [...]