I have more than 3 decades of project management and campaign experience in the education & development sectors, with primary focuses in social entrepreneurship, reading promotion, publishing, applied ethics, animal rights, coaching & mentoring and most recently facilitation & spiritual direction.
a Catalyst to get things going.
a Connector for common good.
a Campaigner for constructive change.
a Coach to help move you forward.
Work experience and skills
Life is indeed darkness save when there is urge;
Urge is blind save when there is knowledge;
Knowledge is vain save when there is work;
Work is empty save when there is love.
The Orange Tree is inspired by the 10th century mythical story of St George who slayed a dragon which was holding the city of Silene in Libya hostage. The dragon is said to have poisoned and terrified all who lived there. George saved the youthful Princess Sabra from the fate of a long line of sheep and girls sacrificed to its greed. During the battle George is said to have been twice replenished by an enchanted orange tree, later depicted as the cross of Christ.
The Orange Tree with its strong roots, leaves & fruit, rolling mountains, circles of life and little reader resting in its shade provide a strong visual depiction of my expanding life purpose.
The responsibility I carry to help reduce suffering and promote freedom of self-expression extends to the animal kingdom.
‘The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. It may one day come to be recognized that the number of the legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum, are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day, or a week, or even a month, old. But suppose they were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?’
English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)
Co-authored: From Dust to Diamonds. Stories of South African Social Entrepreneurs 2007
Authored Making Reading Matter: Guidelines for selecting, producing and disseminating easy readers for adults in Perspectives on African Book Development – ADEA
Researched, compiled and published:
The face of the spirit 2009
Illuminating a century of essays by South African women.
For the Department of Arts & Culture, SA.
Elected an Ashoka Fellow
One of two South Africans featured in How to Change the World Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein–Oxford. www.ashoka.org
Lifetime Achievement Award.
From the Department of Education & Adult Learning Network.
Questions are the root of all answers.
Don’t be shy!
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If you want to bring about a strategic change in your organisation or in your own life and have been wondering how to go about it, give me a call. I hope that my straightforward approach will work for you.
+27 (82) 553-6733