I really hope that things can change through advocacy and education, but history keeps reminding me that it is impossible. The best you get is little reforms here and there with no lasting progress, hence the efforts for instance in the US to roll back the tides. By and large, whenever a group is oppressed, it is often down to that group to pull itself together against all odds and find relevance. No group has ever secured a place at the table by ‘begging’ to be accepted or considered. As difficult as it is we need to dig even deeper to find resolve to be self sufficient. Once that is achieved, then the power balance changes automatically. In the words of Fela, “unnecessary begging”. In the words of Fela, “unnecessary begging”.
By way of background the vision started in 2014 after I resigned from work in 2013 to embark on a study sabbatical. This led to a second degree in Theology, Media and Communications, and an MBA. Healingsprings is a volunteer Jed organisation which started as a means of using skills and knowledge from my course in community organising and empowering people within my local community to be change makers.
After completion of my MBA in 2018 I took a break from Healingsprings fellowship as a result of personal challenges and work commitment. The vision was revived in June this year with our first online conference: Origins and Beyond (https://hopin.to/events/origins-and-beyond). Origins and Beyond is a bi-monthly online event which features a talk on a topic, panel discussions and Q & A from members of the audience. Our next conference is schedule for Saturday 15th August (https://my.demio.com/ref/gZZbuCMrLYrkjja8). These events produce by-products like blogs, newsletter, podcasts, and videos. Other products includes our TED-Ed programme for teenagers.
In response to the present pandemic and the global skills challenge we launched WorksFuture our workforce recovery initiative, and your involvement will be pivotal to its success. For example:
- Our new website will serve as a repository for artefacts from our events and a space for partners, volunteers, and subscribers to find further information about our programmes and to make donations.
- Our partnership in Sierra Leone with NGOs working with young people to reduce brain drain, youth unemployment, and the skills gap serves as a blueprint in addressing the unique challenges in other developing countries
We desperately need a Sponsorship Manager. A key part of this role involves securing sponsorships from private and corporate partners for the training of our volunteers via online providers like Coursera. And we are also exploring funding opportunities to ensure that volunteers that excel on our programme progress onto paid employment with us.
There are also volunteering opportunities for graphic designers, bloggers, social media managers, project managers, teachers, and event managers. Our target is to have all these posts filled before the end of 2020. Then scale up operations in 2021 with a view to addressing the Digital Divide — especially in Africa.
In the meantime:
- Register if you have not done so already for our next conference and feel free to share with likeminded people
- Follow the Healingsprings fellowship page on Linkedin Page
Our core working hours are 10am – 3pm (Mondays to Fridays), except for events that might fall on weekends. Most importantly roles are project based and volunteers work remotely. As well emails, we also use collaborative tools like MS Teams, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, G Suite, Google Hangout/Meet in planning, organising and managing projects.
At Healingsprings fellowship we believe we can help reduce these figures through our Workforce Recovery Initiative by opening up volunteering opportunities coupled with high quality skills training.
To this end we have developed 6month projects from our backlog for web developers, project managers, product developers, user experience testers, events managers, sponsorship managers, digital marketers, cyber security analysts, IT Administrators, bloggers, community organisers, graphic designers etc.
This will provide opportunities for skilled unemployed people to work on real life exciting projects in return for social connections, coaching, mentoring, and high quality training courses via Coursera and other providers.
We all know the importance of working collectively on our self esteem, wellbeing, and sense of meaning; furthermore, this is truly a worthy cause.
So please of get in touch if you would like to partner with us as we invest in the future of humanity at email@example.com
Healingsprings fellowship: harnessing the power of ideas through social connections