This video was our finished product for the Maraxuan Competition and voting will take place throughout the week at Eté Resto Cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. I would love to see this idea of encouraging creativity, exploring your own city and bringing people together used by more organizations! My hat’s off to Eté for coming up with such a great concept!
Junior High school teacher, Kate McKenzie’s students told her they felt hopeless because there were insurmountable problems and bad news everywhere they looked. Kate set out to inspire her students by demonstrating how one small action can make the world … Continue reading
Hear Kate’s first video about Worldviews Project and what inspired her to start it.
Start sharing positive stories! Do you know of an Inspirational Story? Kate is looking for artists, athletes, politicians, humanitarians, scientists and others who are making their communities better through innovative solutions to common global issues. Suggest a story today! …
So because so many people ask me where I went on my trip, here it is: Colombia, Uganda, Rwanda, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Iran, Israel and Italy. My google map explains where I went and when and allows you to zoom … Continue reading
Kate is committed to providing opportunities for youth engagement. She values providing hands on learning that equips youth to connect with community leaders and their surroundings to foster engagement and real world learning.
Well, I’ve been having troubles with my blog photo gallery so to view more of my photos highlighting my time in Colombia click here.
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich & Poor in an Interconnected World
by Jacqueline Novogratz
Each time I have finished one book another one seems to be waiting for me. I received the Blue Sweater from my friend Abraham Temu the co-founder of KiBo and an Acumen Fellow who said to me “The best gift I can give you right now, especially since you are going to Rwanda is this book.” Abraham is an amazing leader who has found creative ways to pursue social change through practical methods so his recommendation made me dive into the book eagerly. Continue reading
Go to the people:
live with them, learn from them
start with what they know
build with what they have
But of the best leaders,
when the job is done, the task is accomplished,
the people will say:
“We have done it ourselves.”
Courage can take many shapes and forms. For me it did not take too much courage to go down class 5 rapids on the Nile River, it also did not take a lot of courage to record a song with Rwandan musicians or to start up conversations with people that I had never met. Instead what took the most courage for me in the last couple of weeks was going to the bathroom! Continue reading
I was in a mad panic the day I left. All of a sudden, I realized I was leaving and there was no more time left. No more time to prepare, no more time to plan, only time to just make it happen. I threw stuff in my backpack, desperately trying to make a mental note that all the things I had thought of including over the last couple of months had made it into my bag. The floor was littered with items -absolute chaos! Continue reading
As many of you know a film has been widely circulating on Youtube and through social media called Kony 2012 while I have been here in Uganda. I wanted to respond to the film and to provide some tools and resources to others who would like to understand the multiple perspectives involved in such a complex issue. These two films will hopefully help to shed some light on what my experience has been here in Uganda and what Ugandans think about the film. Please don’t just take my word for it, I have included below some other links you should check out, including the link to the original movie that spurred all of this discussion. Looking forward to hearing back from all of you!
- Kony 2012 Film
- My interview with CBC
- African Voices Respond
- Taking Kony 2012 Down A Notch
- Mayor Nenshi responds to Kony 2012
- Humorous Approach to Question People’s Concern about Kony
- BBC’s Background on the LRA & Kony
- In Defence of Invisible Children
- Foreign Policy’s Response
- Weighing in on Kony 2012 -- A political & justice perspective
”Mizungu,” yelled 50 children as they raced towards the land rover. I got out of the vehicle and 50 more appeared from nowhere and suddenly I was in the middle of a sea of tiny black faces looking up at me. ”Mizungu, Mizungu,” they chanted which is basically the name given to all white people here in Uganda. Continue reading