Obsessed with impact – towards a systems approach for social change

Many forms of resistance do not take place in squares. In some cases, people enact the social change they want to see through practical interventions – for instance, by initiating community projects or a social enterprise. While many of these initiatives are laudable, the obsession with measuring their direct impact is distracting us from understanding, […]

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Work beyond the pay cheque: boosting employees’ spirits for societal gain

The obsession with capital accumulation and the resulting idolatry of money have created an impersonal economy and competitive workplace that aims at getting the most out of people, while lacking a truly humanistic purpose. However, past crises have nudged a mindset shift towards an emphasis on compassion with respect to organizational purpose. As a result, […]

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How to ignite the countervailing power of translocal movements

Countless social movements are currently simmering below the radar. They are locally rooted and globally connected in translocal networks, creating new practices and ideas for tackling economic, ecological and social challenges. However, they merely flicker in the shadows if they fail to address existing power structures. In this blog, I provide some ways to harvest […]

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Time to ignite the power of translocal social movements

Countless social movements are currently simmering below the radar. They are locally rooted and globally connected in translocal networks, creating new practices and ideas for tackling economic, ecological and social challenges. However, they merely flicker in the shadows if they fail to address existing power structures. In this blog, I provide some ways to harvest […]

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Changing of the guard? The rise of spatial data for reporting on the SDGs in the Global South

Three years after drafting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first steps of progress towards meeting them can be assessed. However, high quality data to report on the SDGs is often lacking, especially for those countries furthest behind in the Global South. The use of ‘new’ spatial data sources has the potential to allay this […]

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Africa Writes 2018 Podcast Series: Panel Discussions

The Africa Writes 2018 Podcast Series is here! Re-live the highlights of the festival on our Mixcloud to catch some of your favourite panel discussions, book launches, round-tables and workshops, and our Young Voices programme. If you missed the festival this is a great opportunity to delve into the works and debates covered over the […]

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Avocado consumption in Europe: from ‘green gold’ to SDG turmoil

For me and most Europeans, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those relating to food and water, often seem like some distant issue concerning only people in developing countries. Consequently, we are tempted to ignore that our behaviour as consumers actually contributes to constraints on resources – behaviour that makes the SDGs necessary in the […]

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Africa Writes 2018: The Round-Up

Baindu Kallon & Ralitsa Chorbadzhiyska This year, Africa Writes took place at the British Library from 29 June – 1 July. The festival brought together African literature lovers, authors and performers to celebrate literature from the continent and the diaspora. Our audience enjoyed 24 events ranging from book launches to panel discussions and workshops focused […]

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Thank you! Africa Writes 2018

Thank you for coming to Africa Writes 2018!  We had an amazing weekend and hope that you have too. Our two headline events, Saturday and Weekend Passes were completely sold out. People came from places as far flung as Germany, Senegal and Brazil to attend. We are bowled-over by the attendance and so encouraged at the ever-growing […]

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