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Friends, I am so appreciative of everyone that subscribes to my blog. Unfortunately, due the ole Google and Feedburner merger, my subscribers are lost in cyber space. After months of trying to recover them, we’re still no further along than before. The record is gone. So I need to create a new blog feed. I’ll […]

THE INDUSTRY OF AID: Charity or Business?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | 4 Comments

Giving to a charity feels good. If you were raised in America or the UK, you’re likely very comfortable and familiar with giving to various causes. It’s part of the fabric of modern developed society. We know there is a need for charity work, especially in developing regions like Africa. We need emergency food, access […]

Who Needs Celebrity Philanthropy?

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | 7 Comments

The masses continuously lambast the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Bono, complaining about their incessant philanthropic focus and how it only serves to bolster their careers. Why are these celebrities using their star power to generate millions of dollars for charity and garner backing from influential political leaders when they could just keep […]

THE INDUSTRY OF AID: Inspire Me

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | One Comment

I just read an excerpt from a book called “The Last Lecture”. Mr. Pausch said, “When you use money to fight poverty, it can be of great value, but too often, you’re working at the margins. When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential, […]

THE INDUSTRY OF AID | Introduction

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | One Comment

Africa is the second largest continent, bursting with more natural resources than any other, yet still behind much of the rest of the world in terms of economic development, peace and health. Why? There is no simple answer, but there are some consistently predominant contributors. Pre-colonization Africa was peaceful and self-reliant. Colonials moved in and […]

REBRANDING AFRICA: Expectations

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | No Comments

Developing Nations are not often recognized for excellence. However, this has little to do with the level of talent and determination found in these areas. There are thousands of extraordinary artisans and competent entrepreneurs yet to have the opportunity to present their design and product to the international market. Decades of focus on the negative […]

REBRANDING AFRICA: Environment Matters

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | No Comments

In 2007, The Washington Post did an experiment on context, perception and priorities in which Joshua Bell, an internationally acclaimed musical virtuoso, stationed himself in the Metro, playing his violin (valued at $4 Million) for passersby. He was perceived as any other bum trying to make a buck in the subway station. You can read […]

REBRANDING AFRICA: Image is Everything

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | No Comments

Building a solid brand that fuels a better image for Africa can create an even bigger impact than the direct jobs you are creating with your business. For instance, with KEZA, we stand to generate 200-500 lucrative careers for African artists and entrepreneurs over the next 2 years. This is powerful and easily quantified. In […]

REBRANDING AFRICA: This is Better Than That

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | No Comments

If I’m a photographer working in Africa, I’m going look for the most mind blowing and disturbing images I can capture. That’s my purpose. I gather pictures of starvation, disease, filthy hospitals, rebels with guns, dictators with gold plated vehicles and children with distended bellies and flies on their faces. I will use these photos […]

REBRANDING AFRICA: Entrepreneurs Empower the Poor

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | No Comments

For many years, KEZA has focused on what the aid world refers to as the “poorest of the poor”. It’s become another buzz term like “sustainability” or “capacity building”. These terms help attract volunteers, donors and public awareness. However, we’ve recently taken a step back to reanalyze our methodology. There are thousands of entrepreneurs all […]