Re-structuring the pulse

Capetownpulse still exists but has evolved…

The concept that drove that blog was based on a limited understanding of a small, developing piece of the world.

With my amateur research skills, applying categorical thinking to this rapidly changing city (Cape Town) was a little too monumental. Having learned many lessons from community advocates and unfathomable high level government decisions, I have decided to begin at the beginning.

With any project, one has to begin with a concrete set of facts. A foundation on which to build structures guided by intentions.

My fact is that I exist. My intention is to understand progress and assist global development.

As an individual human, my contribution is mainly sharing my experience as I work through the realities of learning about development. The realities of dealing with real people with real problems in real communities.

But first, let me become self-aware

Nurturing self-awareness
Acknowledging my strengths and weaknesses gives me a good view as to how best to use my skills in this world, giving quantifiable value. One of the most frustrating experiences has been accepting the fact that most humans only see value in monetary terms. Which seems counter-intuitive if we’re dealing with potential. So I’ve adopted an entrepreneurial stance.

I’ve grappled with the issue of money for a long time but as reality goes, acceptance of the current circumstances is the first step towards changing them.

My Utopia still exists, as it always will, in my own mind.

I am a community facilitator.

This is my evolution.

#Financially disruptive 

Money rules the world.

Profit driven business decide how consumers spend their money and consumers influence demand with a subtle buying power.

Institutions harness the power of money in ways that the average Joe is too busy to want to notice (forgive the conspiratorial tone), take Zimbabwe as an example.

Is there a chance for the concept of money to be absolved? The human desire for it is set in our hearts of stone but the mutual trust in it might be salvageable.

An event is currently being held, conferencing bitcoin. #BlockchainAfrica 

Calenderising Cape Town

Time management has never been my strongest suit. Short-term planning makes me feel anxious about having perfect outcomes and long-term planning inevitably ends up with my mind in some new kind of Utopia. Taking the time to think about a few details helps me steal time from my procrastinating self. As a resource, time is the most precious, depending on how you use it. Its management is not a talent, so it must be a skill. So, before the spreadsheet is populated, these are some thought-points I’ve gathered to help me shift into time managing mindset.

Referencing location

The community that you’re doing your work in has its own traditions. Whether these traditions are centered around religious events or artistic festivals, each community beats it drum to the pulse of its specific geolocation. Consider the climate and weather conditions when choosing to attend/host events.

Cape Town’s summer is an ideal time to host pool/beach parties for young entrepreneurs who don’t conform to the suit and tie crowd.

Roles and regulations

In a community, like any system, there are functioning units that have specific roles and responsibilities in the community. I thought that I would have to organize everything from the groundup when I started my community service but after a few burnout episodes, I accepted that there were organizations that were designed to handle specific community needs, such as safety and security, sanitation and other services that I used to take for granted. Also, importantly, there are regulatory bodies for the deliverers of these services.

It might be a good idea to sift through the SAPs and Community Policing Forum calendar for public participation meetings that allow you to introduce yourself to community leaders.

Respondents

These would be the stakeholders.

They are the ones that ultimately sign off on the calendar. Share it!

Redlines

Depending on your strategic goals, some events are IMPORTANT and having bold lines is a good visual stimulant to prepare for those events.

Reminders

Fortunately for the forgetful, phones have reminders. I have come to terms with having to add reminders to add events to my calender as well as having my calendar remind me of the event well beforehand. A checklist for the event was prescribed at some point, I’ll get round to trying it out at some point.

Reorganising and resecheduling

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. So plan for that. Even though it can be a little embarrassing when key individuals cancel a meeting (it happens), I try to take it in my stride and remembers to respect other people’s time by requesting it in advance.

I hope this helps 🙂



#Tourism ambassadors

Leaders of the South African tourism industry are gathering in Johannesburg to meet the entrepreneurs who are creating South Africa’s  future tourism sector.

The organizers of the meeting are strong advocates for the tourism industry and have an objective to include everyone in the creation of a nationwide ambassadorial approach to tourism.

“Let’s make Tourism everyone’s business. Every South African has to be a serious Tourism ambassador” @Derek_Hanekom #MeetingsAfrica17 🇿🇦

Cape Town’s #commute

Public transport has its perks. It’s affordability being the main reason I use it, there is a lot I’ve been willing to look past (behaviour wise), just to get to my destination. However, as the city grooms me to be a more active citizen, I can’t help but wonder what I can do to help the city work better.

This city has five pillars that are the foundation of how it functions. One of the city’s pillars is “caring” for the individuals who live in the city. This calls for a more empathetic response to challenges that we see around us. An example would be the front seats in the MyCiti buses, designated for people with disabilities and other conditions that make it difficult to move with ease.

Now, as a daily commuter, I’ve been wondering what I can do to emulate this empathetic sense of citizenship…

I found this article that introduces this topic for me.

In transit etiquette…

Categorizing a #population

The first thing I’ve had to come to terms with is accepting that people don’t like being categorized.

The second thing that I’ve had to come to terms with is acknowledging that people are being categorized. By people.

Unfortunately for Southern Africa, the past is smeared with the blood of the categorized. Racially categorized that is. Unfortunately for me, in my amateur anthropologist state of mind, I find myself torn between different methods of segmenting Cape Town’s population.

Market segmentation involves a specific purpose, I’m looking for a neutral approach. Racial profiling has been ruined by apartheid and can’t be trusted any longer. As time goes on, I will go into detail but for now, I think language might be a good place to start.

Did you know that English ranks 5th (jointly) when it comes to languages spoken at home (in South Africa)?

A Playful City

Cape Town’s reputation for being a holiday makers mecca precedes the city itself.

Rhythm and blues

Last night, the Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint hosted the long anticipated #UltraSA2017. The prevents included braais, competitions, photo shoots and most of these experiences came with a chance for local artists to explore their talents in front of live audiences.
Nationally famous, this is an exclusive party that left countless millennials with debilitating FOMO last night. 

Don’t worry, it’s happening in JNB tonight too!