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London event: Going beyond words to bring about change in Africa

Dear friends,

A big thank you to everyone who joined us at the last meeting

Our upcoming New Ideas for Africa in London will be the last one for 2009. Already the year is at an end. As we all shift our eyes to 2010, the focus of this meeting will be “Next step – going beyond our words: What are we prepared to do now and in 2010 to bring about change in Africa?”

The meeting will be a chance to explore ways to take actions and leverage on others who have already begun to create change in Africa that combine good financial and social benefits. If you or anyone in your network has such opportunities and experiences, feel free to come share.

As is our usual approach, we will start the evening with a discussion on the theme after which we’ll have the ideas workshop.

We welcome practical initiatives, business ideas and social projects that look to creatively ride the current climate while addressing an issue of need for communities in Africa.

Please extend this invitation to other people in your network who have similar interests, need an idea of how to make the best of the current climate or have something to contribute.

Venue: Mustard Bar and Lounge, 2 Old Change Court, The City, London, EC4M 8EN (The downstairs bar)

Map: http://tinyurl.com/mustardbar (nearest tube – St Paul, Mansion House and Barbican)

For any enquiries, call or text Lillian on 07958300168 or send an email to newideaslondon@africaplusplus.org

We look forward to a fun, inspiring and knowledge sharing evening!

This event is jointly organised by Africa++ and Vivid Occasions

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November 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Showcase Africa in London – promote your business!

Archie at Chitchatafrica.com writes:

‘Things are panning along gradually for the next Afro-centric weekend event being organizing under the banner of SCALon (ShowCase Africa in London) happening in just a month’s time (July 24 – 26)

The SCALon website is now up and running at http://www.scalon.co.uk (albeit more content to be added as showcase presenters confirmation are received to that effect)

We are now at the next stage of the organizing process which involves seeking out potential showcase presenters for the Friday evening programme.

It will be good if we could tap into your networks in finding responsible and inspiring Afro-centric projects/ventures/enterprises that may be interested in utilizing the Friday programme of this event to showcase what they do on the Friday evening by way of 5 – 10mins presentation to a very diverse audience of professionals and entrepreneurs, (in the same format as the Friday of the May event ).

We are planning to finalize the programme by next Tuesday 30th June and it will be great if we can have expressions of interest responses from potential showcase presenters by then.

Any assistance in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

Also, in the spirit of SCALon’s ethos there is a free to utilise “In Association With” space on the SCALon website which responsible Afro-centric projects/ventures/enterprises based in the UK are very much welcome to have their Logos and links to their site for publicity. If it is something you will be interested or know of someone in your networks who would be interested in utilizing this feature please let us know.’

– New Ideas for Africa –

June 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Come solve climate change challenges with Tree Africa’s CEO – London event

Africa will feel the brunt of the adverse effects of climate change. But how prepared are we to meet these challenges? How do we make sure that Africa’s development drive takes adequate consideration of the environment? What interesting environmental initiatives are already being implemented on the continent that we can plug into?

These are some of the questions we’ll be addressing at the June New Ideas for Africa in London. The theme is “Environment and Sustainable Development” and we’ll be joined by Charlene Hewat, CEO of Zimbabwean NGO, Tree Africa who will share some of the work of her organisation. We will then open the session up for everyone to share their views and experiences about living sustainably.

After the discussion, we will have the ideas workshop and welcome practical initiatives around enviroment and sustainable development in Africa.

Please extend this invitation to other people in your network who have a passion for the environment and stimulating positive change in Africa.

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2009
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Venue: UnLtd, 123 Whitecross Street, Islington, London, EC1Y 8JJ
Map:http://tinyurl.com/UnLtdOffice (nearest tube: Old Street/Barbican/Moorgate)

There is a £5 contribution to support the event (light refreshments included).

We look forward to a fun, inspiring and knowledge sharing evening!

Femi and the Africa++ team

Learn more here.

– New Ideas for Africa –

June 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm 2 comments

Champions of Quality Education in Africa – Ashoka

From Ashoka: *Deadline: 24 June 2009*

“The close of the entry period for the Champions of Quality Education in Africa competition is just around the corner, so make sure to enter online here. You can also nominate yourself or someone you know today. We’re looking to schools, teachers and administrators to find the best practices that are changing lives at the local, district or national levels. And with the help of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, we’re going to help them take it to the next level with networking opportunities and chances for funding.”

You can also check out other Changemakers in Africa here, or visit Ashoka’s southern Africa site.

– New Ideas for Africa –

June 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Go green with New Ideas for Africa: Jo’burg event

Expedition to AntarcticaConversations about caring for the planet used to be reserved for hippie tree-huggers. Now the words Climate Change have grown beyond a whisper as government speaks of introducing carbon tax to companies who don’t keep emissions in check. Even closer to home – the thought of flooding in Soweto would have been laughable a year ago but a reality now. But what does all this really mean to you and I?

To find out, join the June session of New Ideas for Africa where Lesley will be sharing stories and lessons from her recent expedition to Antarctica. We will then open the session up for everyone to share their views and experiences about living sustainably. You will have the opportunity to find out how to plug into environmental initiatives on the go and how to transfer knowledge back to your home/community/work. Confirmed organisations supporting this event include Food & Trees for Africa and the Greenhouse Project. Jeunesse Park, founder of Food & Trees for Africa is a UN Award Winner on Climate Change and will be joining us for the session.

Event details as follows:
Date: Thursday, 18th June 2009
Time: 18h30 – 21h00
Venue: GIBS, Classroom 10, 26 Melville Road, Illovo
Contribution: R40 to support the costs of the event (includes light refreshment)
RSVP: joburg@africaplusplus.org by 15th June

– New Ideas for Africa –

June 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

The leadership Africa needs – London event

Femi writes: ‘The theme for our  May meetup is  ‘The leadership Africa needs’. We will precede the ideas workshop with a discussion on the type of leaders Africa needs and what can be done to generate these leaders. Unlike most discussions on this topic, I hope our conversation is not exclusive to political leadership but extends to every sphere of life in the continent where leadership is required.

After the discussion, we will have the ideas workshop and welcome practical initiatives around stimulating leadership and positive change for communities in Africa.

Please extend this invitation to other people in your network who have a passion for stimulating leadership and positive change in Africa.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009
Time: 6:30pm to 9pm (for a 7pm start)
Venue: UnLtd, 123 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8JJ
Map:http://tinyurl.com/UnLtdOffice (nearest tube – Old Street/Barbican/Moorgate)

There is a £5 contribution to support the event (light refreshments included).

Please RSVP by 19 May if you’d like to come along. For any enquiries, call or text Femi on 07707 318449 or send an email to newideaslondon@africaplusplus.org

We look forward to a fun, inspiring and knowledge sharing evening!’

– New Ideas for Africa –

May 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Get into the SA music industry – Jo’burg event

‘Off the heels of the South African Music Awards (SAMAS),  the country’s abuzz about music.

This month’s New Ideas for Africa session is themed ‘Music: reclaiming cultural richness’. We will be taking a look at the music industry in South Africa, focusing on matters such as barriers to entry and how to grow as an artist.

The session will be as interactive as usual so bring along your thinking hat with questions, suggestions and possible actions. Our resident NIfA muscian/producer Arlyn Culwick, Andrè Le Roux from the SAMRO (South African Music Rights Organisation) and Sifiso Ntuli, co-owner of House of Nsako will be our discussion hosts for the evening.

Please extend the invitation to all musicians and anyone interested in accessing information on the music industry.

Event details as follows:
Date: 19th May 2009
Time: 18h30 – 21h00
Venue: GIBS, Classroom 10, 26 Melville Road, Illovo
Contribution: R40 to support the costs of the event (includes light refreshment)
RSVP: Lesley at lesley@africaplusplus.org by 15th May

We look forward to a fun, inspiring and knowledge sharing evening!’

– New Ideas for Africa –

May 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

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