Validating Community Curation, Finally
My first recollection of curating a community was during my teenage years when I helped my mother, Muriel with The Call of Esther Ministry activities in Alexandria Virginia. We were dedicated to hosting a children’s Christmas party and per usual, I was always on gift-wrapping duty for 250, then 500 the following year to almost 1000 when I finally left for college.
At Florida, the Gator spirit endeared me to be even more engaged in the community even more deeply, from African Student’s Union, Esquire — PreLaw Society to bigger responsibilities as a member of Florida’s prestigious Blue Key Society, President of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity — Gamma Omicron chapter, Board member for our student’s division Reitz Union, and finally Director of Campus Involvement for our 50,000 community members. …
Rotary & ending Polio
September has always been a fascinating month in my personal life as it represents the four weeks where I celebrate the birthdays of my loved-ones the most! Birth dates of my grandfather to both my parents: mom, dad; my young sister, and loved ones, the list keeps growing… September turns out to be a great month for me to keep giving, so here goes:
At the community level, an organization I am deeply passionate about (spending the better part of the last decade volunteering with), Rotary is seeking the complete eradication of a disabling and life-threatening disease, polio. Ahead of World Polio Day, I have volunteered with the District 9400 Polio Plus Committee and the Rotary Club of Johannesburg to amplify the work that Rotarians on the African continent are doing to end the disease through various forms of vaccinations. …
During my reflective practice this month, I carved out specific space for 4th quarter goals ahead of September’s work. Nothing about our 2020 has been normal, and I suspect very little in the way we work, communicate, appreciate, and negotiate digital; shall be the same again.
In these times of accepting our new normal, a significant pivot even for a digital professional is the sheer amount of online engagement we are forced to participate in — while experiencing the highs and lows of remote work productivity, anxiety, and digital fatigue. If you are like me, you probably have invested in better conference-call equipment: a better webcam (or a DSLR + HDMI video capture device if you are adventurous), ring light, and potentially Bluetooth headphones. …