King

“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.” – Martin Luther King, Jr, in his sermon “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967…

Twisted Dreams of Africa

If you want to see Africa, for the love of god, please don’t watch the Taylor Swift “Wildest Dreams” music video. Watch this one instead, Congolese artist Baloji’s latest, which is an “ode to the struggle, the resilience” of the Congolese people and shows striking footage of the artist on a road trip through Kinshasa…

Cultural Rights as Human Rights

Stone Town, Zanzibar I. Seeking out the spirit of human rights Three weeks ago I spent seven days with artists, cultural activists, and human rights advocates from sixteen African countries in a workshop on human rights as a part of the ArtWatch Africa project. It has taken time for me to process the experience. The collective intellect,…

Volunteer Alliance Ambassadors

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give, which is everything.” -Katharine Hepburn In 2007, I co-founded an organization called Volunteer Alliance with a small group of inspiring new friends and co-workers in Tanzania. We wanted to start a movement of empowered and…

Making Connections

I’m hoping this blog can serve not just as a repository for my thoughts, but also as a resource for anyone interested in international development, humanitarian work, social entrepreneurship, African culture, etc. I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with a variety of inspired, passionate people doing very interesting things. Look out for links to…

Is your map drawn to scale?

Africa could fit all of the US, China, and Europe inside its borders. Yet on many maps, Africa is smaller than America. (Thanks for the image, Jacquelyn!) In history, it’s the winners who write the past. In mapmaking, it is the mapmaker that chooses the size and name of each place. What else is misrepresented?…