The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane


If there is one thing reading this book made me realize, it is that leadership is not a one-way street. It is not a question of driving full speed ahead, with the dazzling light of your vision in your eyes. Rather, it is about taking a steady drive, checking the rear view mirror; remembering that … More The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Inaugural Address: March 3, 2016


I’ve never seen a Prime Minister singing along to a reggae song at his own swearing-in ceremony, as he did at the just-concluded event at King’s House this afternoon. But there’s a first time for everything… Here’s our new Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ speech as prepared for delivery, which you can read on the Jamaica … More Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Inaugural Address: March 3, 2016

A Hopeful Voice


“We need hope.” This simple comment by a Jamaican, just before singer Tessanne Chin won in the finals of “The Voice” – a talent show on NBC – just about summed it up. Christmas is a week away. Low-paid workers such as security guards and domestic helpers have just received a J$600 (less than US$6) per week … More A Hopeful Voice

I Support Jamaica


I was among a group of local bloggers who gathered in Kingston today to learn about a brand-new initiative, “I Support Jamaica,”  a project of the JN Foundation and Jamaica National Small Business Loans. It is an empowering project, and one that my heart has easily warmed to. Why? Because it is about helping Jamaicans in … More I Support Jamaica