What would the Last Days in the Caribbean look like?

The Last Days in a Biblical sense is specific to death and destruction but in a general sense can speak to the end of time as we know it. If we think industrialization, think invention of cars, think invention of the internet – we could argue that humanity has experienced the end of the ‘world’ as we knew it many times over the course of history. While these can be considered low risks shifts, I’m anticipating the next shift to be a little more: the end of Earth as we know it. Dramatic, right? Let me explain.

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The Last Days in a Biblical sense is specific to death and destruction but in a general sense can speak to the end of time as we know it. If we think industrialization, think invention of cars, think invention of the internet – we could argue that humanity has experienced the end of the ‘world’ as we knew it many times over the course of history. While these can be considered low risks shifts, I’m anticipating the next shift to be a little more: the end of Earth as we know it. Dramatic, right?  Let me explain.

NASA, a USA government space initiative, has spent roughly 16billion a year over the last 60 years. That’s over 900 billion. Just for the USA space program. If we were to include Russia, China, Japan, and India and the rest of the 52 space programs we – Earthlings – could easily have spent…

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Leadership Power and Dons In Jamaica

"Miss  you know any don weh good?" "I want to talk to the adults in the community but i don't know how. I am unfamilar with the politics of the area and afraid of coming face to face with the don. I have been told several times that you have to go in through the … Continue reading Leadership Power and Dons In Jamaica

Ideas about volunteers and an effective volunteering programme in Jamaica

We have been thinking about how to get people engaged in the work of Di Institute and the HQ. We have a core of people who are always willing to support our work but more recently we have been getting different expressions of interest in volunteering. I replied to a message last night from someone … Continue reading Ideas about volunteers and an effective volunteering programme in Jamaica

Afifa Aza: There’s More to Life Than Just Getting By

GIve thanks to my freind Emma for talking to me and helping me share this story.

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“People are leaving here, because it’s not livable. I want to make it livable.”

I often see Afifa Aza in our favorite café in Kingston, perched at a table with headphones on her ears. She has a self-deprecating smile and tufty hair. She is an artist – an artist who is also an activist. She wants to “guide ideas,” to help them grow. And to help Jamaica grow into a living, breathing, vibrant, inclusive society – so that people will not want to leave. She doesn’t want them to leave (and nor do I). So, we sat down and talked, recently, in our favorite café.

Afifa Aza says she is "grounded in an African/Rastafarian spirituality." Afifa Aza is “grounded in an African/Rastafarian spirituality.”

Afifa is the co-founder (with feminist Georgia Love, who is an active member of Women’s Media Watch) of two alternative spaces – for art, learning, culture, growth, dialogue. One is SO((U))L HQ, in Stony Hill, just…

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