The stories of 14 social entrepreneurs are told in the book The Disruptors. The authors share their journey in the writing of it, and speak about why this book is important.Kerryn Krige, co-author of The Disruptors, says it’s an important book for South Africans to read. “It shows you that there is a way to build our economy and our society. And that it is not an unreachable goal.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanThe stories of 14 South African social entrepreneurs are told in the book The Disruptors: Social entrepreneurs reinventing business and society.They include Claire Reid, founder and chief impact officer of Reel Gardening. Vegetable and herb seeds are embedded in strips of biodegradable paper, which are then planted. The gardening strips are also water wise. Reid started her business at the age of 16.Then there’s Gregory Maqoma, the executive director and CEO of the Vuyani Dance Theatre in Johannesburg. It specialises in staging dance productions for mainstream theatre and corporate events. Vuyani Dance Theatre also runs outreach programmes to train young dancers.Also in the book is Yusuf Randera-Rees, a Rhodes Scholar, and Oxford- and Harvard-graduate. In 2009, the 26-year-old Randera-Rees returned to South Africa and founded the Awethu Project, with R60,000 of his own savings.More opportunities needed in South AfricaRandera-Rees says: “I knew there were people in South Africa who were more talented than me, smarter, more charismatic, better problem-solvers.“Everything you would want in an entrepreneur, and they were not getting the opportunities I had been getting. That didn’t make sense to me,” he says in the book.He came home to make a difference. The Awethu Project currently manages more than R160-million in government and corporate funding, and has helped more than 500 entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.Candidates apply or are identified by talent scouts – the same process by which promising sports stars are discovered and nurtured – and the pick of the crop are put through an intensive mentoring and incubation programme: an Awethu Apprenticeship.Gus Silber, co-author of The Disruptors, says the number of social entrepreneurs in South Africa is increasing. “They solve problems in small ways – they are fixing big crises in a small way.” (Image supplied)The aim of the bookGus Silber and Kerryn Krige are the co-authors. Silber is an award-winning journalist, speechwriter and author. Krige heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, which focuses on achieving social and economic change through social enterprise.In the introduction, Krige writes:“My colleague, Itumeleng Dhlamini, who has been deeply involved in the book’s production process, came upstairs to our offices, as a student of our social entrepreneurship programme, frustrated that we didn’t have a textbook that captured the diversity and value of today’s social entrepreneurs.“Without her frustration and foresight, this book would be waiting for someone else’s frustration and foresight to happen.“I hope it encourages you to see the enormous opportunities that exist on the flipside of profit.”About her hopes for the book, Krige says the authors would like more people to learn the meaning of social entrepreneurship. “[We want to let people know] that it is a real, viable way of doing business and achieving enormous social change at the same time.“But the book could not be dull – the aim was a book that you would pick up at the airport because it intrigued you, and the more you read the deeper you got caught up in the stories,” she explains.“At the same time it had to be academically useful, so that we weren’t just telling stories, and it could be used in the classroom. This was a tricky balance and an unusual one and I really think that the team got this right.”It took more than two years to get to print, says Krige, and was published in March 2016. “We are a Network for Social Entrepreneurs, so we drew extensively on the people we knew, and ran several calls online for people to tell us their stories on social entrepreneurship.”The first book on the subject was published by GIBS in 2007. That book, From Dust to Diamonds, profiled social entrepreneurs. “We agreed to follow up with 50% of these, so that we could find out where they were now,” says Krige.“It was a great mix of our own research, extensive marketing for people to apply and building on the older book.”Watch some of the social entrepreneurs share lessons they have learned that have enhanced their leadership:FeedbackSeeing the book on the shelves was the highlight for her, Krige says. “Writing a book is a thing. And people tell you this, but you never appreciate it until you’re in it.”Writing a book was not about the authors, she realised. “We’re a small part of it – but rather about the team of people you work with, and who you align with creatively.”On a recent Skype call with a student at Georgetown University, in Washington DC, about his thesis, he brought up The Disruptors. “Half way through he holds up… our book! And says, ‘In my seven months of reading this is the best that I’ve read. It’s descriptive, informative, and very real.’“The feedback has been extremely positive, and people have enjoyed the blend of academic and storytelling, saying that we have been able to bring both to life.”Watch several of the social entrepreneurs give lessons in how they got funding:Every story a highlightSilber explains that GIBS did the research and interviews with the social entrepreneurs, but the institute wanted a journalist to tell the stories from a different perspective. To do this he also did interviews.He shares his highlights: “Every story is interesting; has a highlight of its own. Most of the stories I’ve never heard of before, and some of it I had never heard in detail.”About the writing process, Silber adds: “It’s not easy to condense someone’s story in a few thousand words; it’s never easy to finish a book.”Entrepreneurs fix thingsSilber believes that social entrepreneurs contribute in a special way towards the economy and society. “We as a society tend to be concerned about prices and problems; we’re a crisis-driven society; we tend to worry about a lot.”Although many of the social entrepreneurs are unknown to the public, he says, they are people providing solutions. “The disruption mostly refers to technology, but people can disrupt – they are refusing to believe that things cannot be done.“They (the social entrepreneurs) are all disruptors. They are positively disrupting the area around them. What they have in common is that nothing has come easy for them; they’re all restless.”The follow-upThere are two versions of the book: the printed one has more constraints and contains 14 stories, while the ebook has 18 stories.The authors are working on a follow up to The Disruptors.To find out more about the interviews, visit the Leading Change site or GIBS’ YouTube channel.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Last weekend, Northern Territory Touch held their State Titles in Darwin.Teams from all over the Northern Territory and even some players from Western Australia came to contest the tournament, which strengthened the quality of the touch played.Australian representative Bo De La Cruz also came back from a successful Trans Tasman Series to play for Honkers Inc.National Referees Panel member Ken Golden also attended the tournament to assess and coach the referees.One referee was upgraded to Level 2, three were upgraded to Level 3, while one referee attained their Level 4 badge.The results were as follows:Men’s OpenCrocs – 4 def. Carla Furnishers Palmerston Bulls – 3Women’s OpenHonkers Inc – 8 def. Crocs – 718’s MixedHonkers Inc – 9 def. Gove – 735’s MixedHornets – 7 def. Stragglers – 4Regional MenAlice Springs – 14 def. Katherine – 5Regional WomenAlice Springs – 15 def. Gove – 3Player of Series:Women’s OpenNikki Waterman – Big DealsMen’s OpenDaniel Questroy – Bundy BearsDaniel Mintcheff – Alice Springs18’s MixedMale – Paul Bond – Darwin BlueFemale – Deanna Peckham – All Blacks35’s MixedMale – Peter Alley – HornetsFemale – Jo Howard – GoveBarry Hounslow Memorial Trophy Overall Player of SeriesRodney Hoffman – Katherine Bubbles Peckham Memorial Trophy – Sportsmanship AwardKelly Ewin – Honkers IncReferee of the TournamentMargaret Levien
Luton manager Jones expects Justin to feature for Leicesterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuton Town manager Graeme Jones expects James Justin to make his Leicester City debut in their Carabao Cup clash.Justin left Luton in the summer, signing a five-year-deal at the King Power Stadium having impressed last season, helping his side to Championship promotion and earning himself a spot in the League One team of the season. Jones said; “That was the sad part of the job for me, coming in when you’ve got two really dominant full-backs – I saw Jack Stacey play on Friday and you see what he brings to the show, James Justin exactly the same.”You come in and you haven’t got those players available, which is disappointing, but I think what everyone needs to remember is what he did for the football club, what both of them did.“But obviously James is coming back, how luck would have it.”I expect him to make his debut tonight for Leicester, so you’d think we will give him a warm reception and then make it as difficult as we can for him, so I look forward to seeing him. I am aware of what James Justin can do, he was regarded as possibly our best player here – he hasn’t played for Leicester yet, so it gives you an idea of the level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard: We need derby mentalityby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard is up for the derby with Atletico Madrid today.Hazard has talked about the keys to the game.He declared, “Your mentality. In a derby that’s key and what’s even more important is your desire. When you’re a football player, you know what derbies are like. You know what you have to do, you just have to win; you don’t need your teammates to tell you that.”You know what the vibes are like in these games, the passion, the rivalry amongst fans… especially when you’ve got two teams from the same city, like Real Madrid and Atlético. I want to score and win in the derby. I just want to make the fans happy.”
Week two didn’t look like it’d be that crazy on paper, but after a roller coaster day of football, Notre Dame has a new quarterback, Auburn narrowly avoided a historic upset, Arkansas got embarrassed by a MAC school, and BYU won on ANOTHER Hail Mary. Those ridiculous events have really altered odds for the national championship. As ESPN’s Brett McMurphy points out, the Fighting Irish, Tigers, and Razorbacks all fell significantly.Biggest drops in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Notre Dame from 12-1 to 40-1, Auburn 15-1 to 30-1, Arkansas 40-1 to 100-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015On the other hand, there are some big gainers as well.Biggest moves up in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Michigan State from 20-1 to 10-1, Ole Miss & UCLA both from 30-1 to 20-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015Via VegasInsider.com, here are the 10 teams that currently have the best odds to win it all.Who are you betting on?[VegasInsider.com]
On the heels of Ringling Bros.’ announcement that it’ll shut down its operation in May as well as the death of Tilikum, the subject of the documentary Blackfish, at SeaWorld Orlando after languishing in captivity for 33 years, actor Kate del Castillo is teaming up with PETA to urge the Miami Seaquarium to see the writing on the wall and return the captive orca Lolita to the ocean, where she was seized from her family over four decades ago.Lolita hasn’t seen another orca since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died after ramming his head repeatedly into the side of their tank. Del Castillo, who stars in a new video screened at a Miami news conference on Tuesday, says, “Lolita’s story is particularly tragic and poignant to me because I come from a tight-knit family. And so does she.” She continues, “Orca families spend their entire lives together. Lolita should have spent her life with her mother and aunts and siblings. But instead, she has spent 46 long and totally miserable years stuck inside the world’s smallest orca tank at the Miami Seaquarium.”The La Reina del Sur star is calling on her fans to boycott the facility, which she calls a “hellish tourist trap.” She says, “Everything moves me about Lolita’s story …. I think it’s devastating and it breaks my heart in every single way.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for issuing an exhibitor’s license to the Miami Seaquarium, despite the facility’s alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. It has also filed a lawsuit against the park alleging that confining Lolita to a tiny tank with incompatible animals and virtually no relief from the hot sun violates the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON – Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a “new American moment” of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning darkly of evil forces seeking to undermine America’s way of life.Trump’s address Tuesday night blended self-congratulation and calls for optimism amid a growing economy with ominous warnings about deadly gangs, the scourge of drugs and violent immigrants living in the United States illegally. He cast the debate over immigration — an issue that has long animated his most ardent supporters — as a battle between heroes and villains, leaning heavily on the personal stories of White House guests in the crowd. He praised a law enforcement agent who arrested more than 100 gang members, and he recognized the families of two alleged gang victims.He also spoke forebodingly of catastrophic dangers from abroad, warning that North Korea would “very soon” threaten the United States with nuclear-tipped missiles.“The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling and the underprivileged all over the world,” Trump said. “But as president of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers and America’s forgotten communities.”Trump addressed the nation with tensions running high on Capitol Hill. An impasse over immigration prompted a three-day government shutdown earlier this year, and lawmakers appear no closer to resolving the status of the “Dreamers” — young people living in the U.S. illegally ahead of a new Feb. 8 deadline for funding operations. The parties have also clashed this week over the plans of Republicans on the House intelligence committee to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation involving Trump’s presidential campaign — a decision the White House backs but the Justice Department is fighting.The controversies that have dogged Trump — and the ones he has created— have overshadowed strong economic gains during his first year in office. His approval ratings have hovered in the 30s for much of his presidency, and just 3 in 10 Americans said the United States was heading in the right direction, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In the same survey, 67 per cent of Americans said the country was more divided because of Trump.At times, Trump’s address appeared to be aimed more at validating his first year in office than setting the course for his second. He devoted significant time to touting the tax overhaul he signed at the end of last year, promising the plan will “provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.” He also highlighted the decision made early in his first year to withdraw the U.S. from a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade pact, declaring: “The era of economic surrender is totally over.”He spoke about potential agenda items for 2018 in broad terms, including a call for $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure spending and partnerships with states and the private sector. He touched only briefly on issues like health care that have been at the centre of the Republican Party’s policy agenda for years.Tackling the sensitive immigration debate that has roiled Washington, Trump redoubled his recent pledge to offer a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants — but only as part of a package that would also require increased funding for border security, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, ending the nation’s visa lottery method and revamping the current legal immigration system. Some Republicans are wary of the hardline elements of Trump’s plan and it’s unclear whether his blueprint could pass Congress.“Americans are dreamers too,” Trump said, in an apparent effort to reclaim the term used to describe the young immigrants in the U.S. illegally.A former New York Democrat, the president also played to the culture wars that have long illuminated American politics, alluding to his public spat with professional athletes who led protests against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, declaring that paying tribute to the flag is a “civic duty.”Republicans led multiple rounds of enthusiastic applause during the speech, but for the opposition party it was a more sombre affair. Democrats provided a short spurt of polite applause for Trump as he entered the chamber, but offered muted reactions throughout the speech. A cluster of about two dozen Democrats, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, remained planted firmly in their seats, staring sternly at the president and withholding applause.After devastating defeats in 2016, Democrats are hopeful that Trump’s sagging popularity can help the party rebound in November’s midterm elections. In a post-speech rebuttal, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, was seeking to undercut Trump’s optimistic tone and remind voters of the personal insults and attacks often levelled by the president.“Bullies may land a punch,” Kennedy said. “They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defence of their future.”The arc of Trump’s 80-minute speech featured the personal stories of men and women who joined first lady Melania Trump in the audience. The guests included a New Mexico policeman and his wife who adopted a baby from parents who suffered from opioid addiction, and Ji Seong-ho, a defector from North Korea and outspoken critic of the Kim Jong-un government.On international affairs, Trump warned of the dangers from “rogue regimes,” like Iran and North Korea, terrorist groups, like the Islamic State, and “rivals” like China and Russia “that challenge our interests, our economy and our values.” Calling on Congress to lift budgetary caps and boost spending on the military, Trump said that “unmatched power is the surest means of our defence.”Trump’s biggest foreign policy announcement of the night concerned the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, which former President Barack Obama tried but failed to close. Reversing Obama’s policy, Trump said he’d signed an executive order Tuesday directing the Pentagon to keep the prison open while re-examining the military’s policy on detention.Trump said he was also asking Congress to ensure the U.S. had needed powers to detain Islamic State group members and other “terrorists wherever we chase them down,” though it was unclear whether he was referring to a new war powers authorization or some other mechanism. Trump also said he wanted Congress to pass a law ensuring U.S. foreign aid goes only “to America’s friends” — a reference to his frustration at U.S. aid recipients that voted at the U.N. to rebuke his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Mrs. Trump arrived at the Capitol ahead of her husband to attend a reception with guests of the White House, but she rode back to the White House with him. It was the first time she was seen publicly with the president following a report that his lawyer arranged a payment to a porn star, Stormy Daniels, to prevent her from talking about an alleged affair. Daniels denied the affair in a new statement released hours before the speech.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC and Zeke Miller at http://twitter.com/zekejmiller
QUEBEC – Quebec’s books are in order and the Liberal government’s budget strategy until the 2020-21 fiscal year is credible, auditor general Guylaine Leclerc said Monday, days before the start of the provincial election campaign.Predictions for future revenues, administrative expenses, salary costs and other budget details are “plausible,” Leclerc told reporters after releasing her report, which was based off her office’s analysis of documents prepared in June by the Finance Department.Leclerc said her review of the province’s books is an “important democratic exercise.”Lawmakers gave the auditor general’s office the mandate in 2015 to evaluate the incumbent government’s finances and budgetary predictions ahead of an election campaign, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises for new political parties that take power.New governments often accused prior administrations of hiding deficits or playing financial trickery, and the Liberals wanted to try to end that by asking the auditor general to review the province’s finances before Quebecers went to the polls.Premier Philippe Couillard said Leclerc’s report demonstrates his Liberal administration is one of the best teams in modern Quebec history with regards to the management of public finances.“We cannot break this momentum,” Couillard said from Scott, Que., in the province’s Beauce region south of Quebec City.Finance Minister Carlos Leitao’s budget documents prepared for Leclerc had predicted Quebec will run an annual budget surplus of roughly $950 million for fiscal 2018-19 through to 2022-23.Revenues from taxes — which represent about 60 per cent of the budget — will increase by 3 per cent in fiscal 2018-19 and maintain the same rate of increase for the next several years.Quebec’s GDP grew by 1.4 per cent in 2016 and 3 per cent the following year. Leitao estimated GDP would increase by 2.1 per cent in 2018 and by 1.7 per cent in 2019.Leclerc said she was not judging the government’s choices but analzying them regarding whether they were realistic.The government also provided sufficient room to manoeuvre in case of unforeseen economic problems, she added.Quebec’s election campaign begins Thursday with the final voting day on Oct. 1.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Adobe Inc., down $18.08 to $230The software company gave a disappointing profit forecast for the current fiscal year.Alaska Air Group Inc., up 96 cents to $62.30The airline said it flew more passengers and revenue improved in November.Sealed Air Corp., up $1.54 to $33.94The industrial gas company announced a new restructuring program, including job cuts, aiming to save about $200 million a year.Starbucks Corp., down $1.57 to $65.34The coffee company’s forecasts fell short of Wall Street expectations.Costco Wholesale Corp., down $19.45 to $207.06The warehouse club operator’s membership revenue and sales were weaker than analysts expected.Johnson & Johnson, down $14.84 to $133Reuters reported that the health care giant knew for decades that its baby powder was sometimes contaminated with asbestos.Nucor Inc., up 69 cents to $56.39The steelmaker gave a strong profit forecast for the fourth quarter.Schlumberger Ltd., down $1.92 to $39.10Energy company stocks and oil prices fell after reports showed China’s retail sales and industrial output slowed in November.The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The federal government says it will monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in British Columbia’s Salish Sea to help develop measures to support the recovery of endangered southern resident killer whales.Terry Beech, parliamentary secretary to the transportation minister, announced the measures as his government is set to face new scrutiny on the impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on the threatened species.A court ruling found the National Energy Board failed to assess the pipeline project’s effects on the marine environment and the government has asked the board to reconsider that part of the review by Feb. 22. The project would increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold and whale experts argue there is already too much traffic for the 74-member southern resident whale population to survive.Beech says Transport Canada will spend $1.6 million on measures including deploying an underwater hydrophone, or listening device, at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea.He also says the department will carry out a four-year project to better predict propeller noise and hull vibration of a vessel.