Kingston Creative’s Creative Hack JA ended on a high last week, with ten teams from the creative and tech sectors vying for a total J$1 million in funding. Many congratulations to all who participated – and especially to Emme Christie and Crowd Data Ja! Kudos to the entire Kingston Creative team, led by Karen Hutchinson. … More Creative Hack JA Fosters Innovation. And there are winners!
Am I concerned about what people “assume” about me? Unless it is something particularly harmful or dangerous – no. For example, if “they” thought I was a mass murderer, I would find it necessary to correct them. Seriously though… Does it matter very much? Nowadays, with social media erupting in (and disrupting) our lives, many … More Assuming the worst (or best)
The New Year brings new projects, and last month Kingston Creative launched a really interesting one for 2022. However, this is a reminder that the deadline for applications – January 14 – is just around the corner! Here’s more… Creative Hack JA is a hackathon that brings together entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, creatives and other problem-solvers … More Creative Hack JA – a team effort for the New Year from Kingston Creative
Write about the last time you left your comfort zone. This is the Day Three Bloganuary prompt. I confess I was initially stumped. What is my comfort zone? Or do I have one? Was it physical, or mental, or both? I decided that what the zone actually consisted of was quite a small physical area, … More Taking a jump out of my comfort zone (Bloganuary)
Many Jamaicans were saddened, and puzzled, to learn earlier this month that Therese Turner-Jones would be leaving the Inter-American Development Bank – a very important and influential multilateral donor in Jamaica and across the region. She had served as Country Representative for Jamaica (since 2013); four years later, she was appointed General Manager of the … More Thank you, Therese Turner-Jones
Do you know a person or organization on your island (or another island) who is making a difference in the field of sustainable development and climate action? Or do you consider yourself a leader in this area? Do you know a fantastic sustainable energy project, or company that is doing great things? Then why not … More Island Innovation Awards are about climate action, leadership, and sustainability. Apply now!
Yesterday (December 3) was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and I am glad my friend and blogger Wayne Campbell wrote about it. You can find his post here. It took Jamaica seven years to bring the Disabilities Act into force after it was passed by Parliament in 2014; this will finally happen in … More Jamaica needs to step up its inclusion of persons with disabilities in 2022
It must be good news week, or perhaps the spirit of Christmas in the air. Anyway, our friends at Jamaica Red Cross are gearing up for a fund-raising telethon on Television Jamaica (TVJ). Many communities and families have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and are still struggling – and it’s time to give back. … More Jamaica Red Cross partners with TVJ for telethon to support vulnerable communities
I wrote recently for Global Voices about the imposition of States of Public Emergency (SOPEs) in no less than seven police divisions across the island on November 14, in light of a tremendous spike in our murder rate. Well, the SOPEs will end this weekend, after just two weeks. After hours of debate, the Upper … More States of Public Emergency in Jamaica: For or against, what to do now?
It is Sunday and I am in a reflective mood as I gaze out at our yard, where small birds are minding their own business in the bougainvillea bushes and the doves and pigeons keep watch in the guango tree. The “Christmas Breeze” comes and goes, pushing out the curtains from time to time. The … More A daily poem? What’s not to love…