These are complicated and indeed challenging times for young people. All kinds of clichés are trotted out about the youth being “our future.” But as former President Barack Obama – who used to talk a great deal about the future in his campaigning – pointed out, simply put: The future belongs to young people with … More Richard and Tyrone are two young Jamaicans who inspire me. Sail on!
July 1 was International Reggae Day. What did it mean to Jamaicans, in Jamaica? It has been said, over and over ad nauseam, that Jamaica does not sufficiently tap into the deep wellspring of its creativity. And it’s true. We tend to tinker away at it – the “potential” of it – puff ourselves up and … More Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?
Jamaica’s cultural calendar is a year-round phenomenon, and it’s expanding. While this is not the only aspect of our creative industries, it is gratifying to see more support for reggae music evolving. Digital media entrepreneur Tyrone Wilson (who celebrated a decade in business last year) is busy again, breaking new ground. Over Christmas last year, … More More Support for Jamaican Music Festivals
I was reminded today that there are a few anniversaries in Jamaica this year. One of them is Tyrone Wilson’s tenth. He has reached double digits. I wrote about him a few years ago, after visiting him at the University of Technology Entrepreneurial Centre, an incubator. At age 22, Tyrone was just about to “change … More Anniversaries, Part 1: Tyrone Wilson and the Last Ten Years
I wish I had been there – but I am having to skip a lot of events, due to overwhelming commitments that keep me “grounded” at home. I will emerge, eventually, but meanwhile, I may have to keep declining invitations, which I don’t like to do. Come 2018 I hope to be back on track! … More Katalyxt Sets Off Again To Inspire Youth Innovation
I knew it wouldn’t be long before Mr. Tyrone Wilson came up with something creative and new. In fact, I fully expected it. The YUTE Lens Support Program at the University of Technology (UTech) is in many ways an extension of what the President and CEO of eMedia Interactive Limited has been doing for some … More Tyrone Wilson and YUTE: Empowerment Behind the Lens
Tyrone R. Wilson is a serious young man. It’s hard to coax a smile out of him. As he sits down across the table from me in his office at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Technology Innovation Centre, his gaze is alert and intelligent. “People call me a tech entrepreneur,” Tyrone tells me. “But I am … More Tyrone Wilson: “No ‘BS'”
Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamaica (his 69th birthday) so it seems appropriate that I write about “jamming”! Digital Jam 3.0 (Caribbean Edition) isn’t musical (although it could be). But it is certainly creative. When I entered the large meeting room at the World Bank’s Kingston office for a mentorship workshop, I could feel that … More Jammin’, Digitally: The Mentor