My Quest To Teach

November 17, 2017

21 Reasons African Digital Innovation Can Build Dopeness

WordCamp Nairobi Kenya 2017

21 Reasons African Digital Innovation Can Build Dopeness
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Sponsor of WordCamp Nairobi Kenya 2017
The recent WordCamp Nairobi and other tech venues
that are hosting technology conferences, workshops,
meetups and supporting entrepreneurs and I-trepreneurs
are growing in Africa. Tech is becoming common place.
Being dope on Social Media is not a cultural thing, it is
the ability to be comfortable in your digital skin as a
content creator, digital creator, innovator, graphic artist
or even a dope web developer. Everyone has a dope
side to them, it just takes time to discover it and
importantly apply that dopeness to a positive online
experience.
It means that it is ok to have fun on the web and to
integrate yourself into your product or service even on
a digital level. Too many people lose the excitement of
creating content that will be read, viewed, studied,
listened to and watched. Audiences change as access
and platforms change, so why not be Dope and Lit,
providing something that brings people to you and
influence community activist and activism?
SEO even in Africa – Search Engine Optimization is not
always the ticket, WOM or Word of Mouth is still important
and should always be a viable strategy to build followers.
Search Engine Optimization is tech based, but
technology cannot always bring readers. Building
relationships and collaborations are the keys.
Africans are expanding their presence and their ability
to create dynamic digital content.
As a parent, educator, blogger, mentor, community
activist and STEAM Advocate and proud sponsor for
WordCamp Nairobi, Kenya here are my 21 Reasons
African Digital Innovation Can Build Dopeness

Nairobi Conference
1. To attract diverse readers and viewers. Being diversified
in your audience is a plus because people connect with
what they like, how it relates to their needs and relevance.
2. Most viewers will be women and they love dope content.
Try not to be boring or repetitive.
3. If you want a broad spectrum of followers dope up your
blog with relevant content and graphics that match your
audience. Diversity is Dope
4. International markets look to promote Dope and Lit
content. They always look for awesome people.
5. If you’re looking to monetize your site and content
expand your dopeness to new markets that embraces
diversity and engagement.
6. Hire dope speakers like myself to talk on your Podcasts.
If you’re having a workshop or conference be very selective
because content has to be dope and exciting.
7. Take plenty of dope photos and videos with dope and lit
people. Use your Instagram and Twitter sites to share and
expand your reach.
8. Speak at WordCamps, BarCamps, EdCamps and other
tech conferences.
9. Always have your business cards available, make sure
there is a dope photo of yourself and have your “elevator
pitch” ready.
10. Hire a dope graphic artist to create your dope logo.
11. Be a sponsor and promoter of community events like
WordCamp as you grow.
12. Join the Chamber of Commerce and other dope
organizations that are invested in the community and city.
13. Be a speaker on talk shows to share your knowledge.
14. Start your own Podcast with guests and be fancy
with your title.
15. See where you can help your church or ministry with their
connectivity.
16. Take a Social Media class yourself.
17. Offer Social Media classes with certificates when completed.
18. Keep your profiles current, relevant and oozzing with dopeness.
19. Take a dope vacation from time to time to encourage
inspiration locally, nationally and internationally.
20. Embrace diversity in your vision and expression.
21. Network – Network – Network
“How To Be Dope On Social Media 2017”
William Jackson Speaking at
WordCamp Wilmington, North Carolina
https://youtu.be/GQup1mEMX-I

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October 30, 2017

WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

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WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

William Jackson, WordCamp Speaker and Participant
Twitter @wmjackson – Social Media Activist
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach
#MyBlogsAreDope #BlackBloggersMatter

WordCamp encourages and engages users, developers, coders,
content managers and digital innovators to share information
that may not resonate or apply now, but sure to spark and
generate interest in tech fields business owners and
entrepreneurs are interested and passionate about.
As a HBCU instructor and public school elementary
teacher, I’m constantly talking to all my students about
proper behavior in online environments. The influence
of digital footprints they create and building their Brands
even in elementary school.
HBCU students would do well to participate and attend
conferences like WordCamp, Bar Camp, EdCamp and other
tech events to learn the language of  business and develop
“Code Switching” skills. How to speak and carry yourself
to an industry at times struggling with diversity and
inclusion.
WordCamp allow for Content Engagement to allow
networking, sharing knowledge and experiences.
Broadcasting Platforms that transform Podcasting and
Video Blogging into business ventures.
Amplify the Message of community activist and
broaden community activism. The need of community
activist and the increase need for peaceful and effective
community activism by youth, teens and young adults.
Authentic stories need to be told and Social Media is the
platform to use. There are many Digital Innovators that
have ideas that should be encouraged and funded. HBCU
students are the future innovators for their communities,
but need to be exposed to instruction that puts them in
a frame of mind for exploration, discovery and even
research. HBCU instructors cannot remain in the past with
outdated instructional methods or even mentalities. They
must embrace the integration of tech that engages and
prepares them for new career paths.
Mental Agility should not just be applied to sports,
STEAM – STEM – STREAM – CSTEM – STEMsquared and
the growing areas of VR Virtual Reality have taken hold
and moved to influence every day lives.
Interaction Broad Based from mobile devices to watches
to other forms of technology. There is always a piece that
can have connectivity to access information.
Building Community through being a Blogger, VBlogger,
Podcaster are the storytellers that are changing the
paradigm of information exchange. The meshing to
individual and collective stories are a combination of
digital footprints trailblazing and exploring new avenues
to connect people and principles.
Coders, Web Developers the people with the abilities to
understand the roots of the web. How to make information
be seen or even to hide information from clarity and visual
access.
Being dope or lit online does not mean using profanity,
inappropriate pictures for shock value nor violence or
sex to sell, it means being accountable, responsible and
sharing a passion for higher expectations of sharing
authentic and humanistic stories.
What the community see of you, about you, to  you,
from you does matter. It has far reaching influences
in credit scores, careers, relationships, business, and
entrepreneurial ventures.
How the world sees you does matter because individually
each of us displays culturally our journey in the world
that is still struggling with accepting diversity.
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October 14, 2017

The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone

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The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone
William Jackson – Community Activist, Educator
Social Media Visionary

The vision of “Vision Keepers” is spreading throughout the communities
of Jacksonville, Florida. People of color and culture are beginning to
understand that in order to create change, individuals must be
“Change Agents.”
Change comes first in the thought process of critically thinking where
you are currently in education, economics, commerce, and political
effective or ineffectiveness.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow
belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
The realization of the importance of the human experience that each
person is important. If you are not present what change have you or
are you creating? If your not present will you be missed? Have you
made any changes in your community to make your community safer,
economically worth investmenting in and what kind of generational
difference have you made?
There is program, upon program, the same people are working hard
to create, build, make and sometimes force change. Change will not
happen until collectively the community joins together not just
for a month, a year or even a decade. That change must be sustainable
and scalable to where generationaly the change affects everyone
in positive and productive ways. People in the community must have
ownership and held accountable for the change to remain
and more importantly grow.
“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just
show them the clean glass of water that you, or someone else has.
When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that yours is better.”
This should motivate them to want to do better, to reach their
potential. Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone are making changes in
the thinking of entreprenurials and business owners. Programs are
in place to help those with the thoughts, ideas, creativity and
innovation to create businesses that effect the community, changes
that bring about growth, pride, dignity and self-reliance on the
ability to provide products and services that are
in need in the community.
“Adults in the African American community must embrace their
talents and gifts, show their children that they are blessed with
their individual talents. Embrace failure because that allows for
growth. Never be afraid to fail…..”
William Jackson, Social Media Visionary
Entrepreneurials are realizing there are people that can help
build a business from the ground up. Provide the financial infra-
structure and the technical know how to establish a foundation of
sustainability and profits.
Businesses are being designed to provide what is needed in
re-investment, but also to make profits that can be re-invested
in the community, that can be invested in youth, teens and young
adults in programs that are not born yet and provide internship
and scholarships to provide access to educational opportunities.
In order for change to happen citizens must attend the meetings
that Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone provides freely
and enthusiastically to the community. To invest and re-invest
in oneself is the first step to growth and establishing a change
that people want to see when they look in the mirror or see in
their bank accounts.
The feelings in too many cases are that more police will change
communities, stricter gun laws, locking up youth, teens and
young adults that commit even minor crimes and the school to
prison pipeline debate continues. These do not work.
The reality is that increased educational opportunities do work,
exposure to business and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth,
teens and young adults to start their own businesses do work.
Teaching children and teens that writing, poetry, blogging,
coding, web development can open doors to new careers.
Providing business mentors and role models do work and
even allowing youth, teens and young adults to take field
trips and providing professionals to visit the schools more
often to talk to students and answer questions does work.
Depending on who you talk to, too many do not see the value
of children of color and culture, too many have already passed
judgement before allowing education, business, commerce and
economic changes to work.
No society can survive on the “lock them up mentality”
because the reflection will fall back on what skills will our
youth, teens and young adults have when released from prison
if they are not trained to stay out of prison they will
repeat.
“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed
of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are
so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking
and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail.
Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The beauty of the power of communication and observation,
instead of competition try collaboration and cooperation
for the same goals and VISION. Work together to improve
the community not fight to own it.
“Anytime you find someone more successful than you are,
especially when you’re both engaged in the same business
you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

William Jackson (2)

Resources:
There are business learning opportunities already taking place, the community
must want to participate to improve themselves.
http://thyblackman.com/2017/09/28/21-business-take-aways-from-vision-keepers/

Business and Social Media Workshop
Vision Keepers Economic Development Meeting
Monday, October 16th 2017
6pm to 8:40pm
Bring your own Hotspot….

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