My Quest To Teach

December 30, 2016

Building African Bloggers and Innovators in 2017

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Building African Bloggers and Innovators in 2017
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Twitter @wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach

“What should we be doing going forward?”
Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
There are millions of potential brother and sister bloggers
in Africa, diverse people of color and culture, yearning to
tell their stories, developing and waiting to share their
Brands and expand their opportunities to collaborate in
education, business,commerce, finance and global
entrepreneurship.
This writing is a contribution of knowledge to share and
hopefully motivate and inspire Africans desiring to Blog,
Microblog,  Videoblog, Podcast and create dynamic content
within their communities. Their (African) voices and stories
are important and should be shared on a global platform of
respect and collaboration on dynamic Social Media platforms.
To represent the African diaspora and historical significance
of the art of storytelling.
What better way than to share with the world, to create unique
content that is just as diverse as the most culturally rich
continent in the world, Africa. I encourage Africans of all ages
to write their stories, to use their creativity to share innovative
ideas and create content that bridges generations and cultures.
The ability to create unique and transformative content that
can connect and unify their continent.

Following the literary talents of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa
Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Buchi Emecheta, Ama
Ata Aidoo, Dinaw Mengestu, Africans are historic creators
of stories’, poets, and diverse content creators.
African children are learning that through education
they can contribute to the world in ways not available
decades ago.
Colonialism attempted to silence the voices of Africans,
it failed because the voices of Africans can be heard
whispered on the flowing waters and in the air currents,
stories that travel through the trees, and the paths both
dirt and paved across the continent.
Social Media platforms and tools are allowing African
boys and girls to share their stories with the global
community, bringing attention to their lives right from
their mouths and to the ears of billions globally.

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As an educator and parent I want to encourage African
children, teens, youth and young adults to share their
stories through the diverse tools that blogging has to
offer and enhance their language abilities, “language
is the way to memory.”
Prof. Wm Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Do not allow others to tell your stories as was done
during the centuries of slavery, oppression and
colonization.
In the spirit of Chinua Achebe share your stories and
let the world hear you. Chinua Achebe the “Father of
African Literature” has stated many times that the
minds of the people were influenced by the
colonization of Europeans.
That African writers need to be activist in their
writing, to challenge the thinking of Africans, to
encourage intellectualism and activism even still
today.
The thinking and the writing of Africans are
challenging the “emperors” way of thinking,
“because the storyteller has a different agenda”
than the emperor, “Conversation with
Chinua Achebe 2012.”

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In many ways Africans have a responsibility to
share their stories and share their voices, what
better way to tell truth to life what Europeans have
tried to deny for decades. There was a denial
of building of thought leaders and intellectuals in
Africa during colonial rule. The independence of
Ghana in 1957 and subsequently other African
countries allowed for the potential of building new
intellectuals that in turn will teach others. Sharing
the value of their voices just as Achebe, Soyinka
and others have done, storytelling is a powerful
tool to build cultural pride and dignity.
The 20th and 21st century have opened new ways
for Africans to soar, to embrace the winds of
change that allow for the chains of colonialism to
dissipate. Achebe shares that Africans have the
right to share their expressions. No matter the
medium, the tools, or the platform.
The encouragement of children is important because
as Achebe says that “children can fly,” and should
be encouraged to.
Achebe states that he writes because he likes to
write, I feel the same passion. To share not just
stories, but information to encourage people to think,
contemplate, dream, consider the possibilities to grow
beyond the limited imaginations of those that
do not respect the diversity and the heritage of African
nations or the diaspora.
Africans must tell their stories, share their voices and
build a new dynamic identity for the 21st century.
Africans are more than a people to be colonized and ruled.
They are a people that have passions, expectations, and
dreams, this should be shared with the world.
African voices can influence geopolitical decisions that
will take Africa into the 22nd century and beyond.
Africans as a collective can influence the gaps in education,
in commerce, in the innovation of technology and the
opportunities to achieve more to the benefits of Africa and
African people, not just people from other countries.
54 countries united to solve their own problems can
achieve great things if they unite and speak united. Africa
united as a strong united force to make positive and
transformative change.
These powerful words from stated that, “no foreigners
have ever developed a country, the nationals have developed
their own country.”
Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

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Resources:
Bridging the Diaspora Divide – Teresa H. Clarke at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/sg6F-M6v1iM

South African Bloggers
http://weblogforlove.com/

Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

African on the Blog
http://www.africaontheblog.com

 

December 26, 2016

The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

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The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

This blog is independently written by #MyQuestToTeach
The information is strictly the opinion of its writer.
William Jackson, M.Ed. CVO My Quest To Teach
@wmjackson Twitter

Contributions are provided by left to right:
Elisha Taylor student at Duval County Public Schools
and speaker with TEDxFSCJ Salon
Young lady name not provided 
Deyona Burton student in Duval County Public Schools
Community Activist
Taylor Richardson student at The Bolles School
Literacy Advocate and Aspiring Astronaut
Jon Gregory
Edward Waters College Student
Graduate of Bolles High School
Speaker at TEDxFSCJ and EdCamp NABSE

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Networking and sharing knowledge and wisdom
Ryan of Ngoma Thunder Drum Troop

The Black Expo provides a wonderful opportunity
for businesses, entrepreneurs, performers and even
youth, teens and  young adults to show the community
what they are about. How they can better engage and
participate in making the community better for
everyone in the areas of business, commerce,
investments and building needed collaborations.

Networking is a learned experience that youth,
teens and young  adults need to understand now
at a young age to prepare them for future business,
civic and community collaborations  and projects.
Many have a business dream, but do not have access
to the resources that allow the dream to come into
fruition. The mental spark is there, but the kindling
needs to be provided to build the fire of production
so it starts to burn hot and bright. Leading to a
viable and strong business that
contributes to the community.

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Financial management  advice……

Each year the Black Expo embraces, recognizes
and awards business owners, visionaries,
entrepreneurs, innovators, and smart creatives.
Their passions that drive them are inspiring
and lead to continued opportunities to hire
and mentor others with the same interests.
Even in business it takes a village because
the village will buy, barter, and have access
to the services the business provides. Building
that business because the relationship
is based on trust, respect and the accountability
of providing a service and need for the
community.

Many that attend the Black Expo, from our
observations are looking for that spark of  inspiration,
that opportunity to gain the knowledge that will
allow them to follow their dreams and to help their
business. Potentially hiring new people, providing
educational training and financing investments to
the community.
Small business is the glue that bonds communities
and allows for re-investments.
Technology has allowed many to connect with each
other and build a network of clients and partnerships.
The statements that many are starting to embrace is,
“don’t look at your business competitor as competition,
but an opportunity for collaboration.”

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Hello Tee – http://www.shophellotee.com

In order for businesses to be recognized, Social Media
is not the end all and be all, it contributes, but nothing
beats meeting and greeting people with a handshake
and a smile. Sharing information
and “word of mouth” alliances.

As an Educational Technology and Social Media instructor
at Edward Waters College, it is a requirement for my
students to blog about their interests, passions, abilities
and skills. Building their Brand and understanding how
important a digital presence is, but more important
building relationships in the community.
Volunteering, mentoring and helping outside of the
business brings exposure and respect to the business.
As I talk to youth, teens and young adults at local and
national conferences it is valuable because the information
they gain is relevant and can be applied to their goals.
Youth, teens and young adults that have a business
mind set must be taught things that are relevant to them
for the now and how it influences their future.

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Moxie Girl and Gabby

The Black Expo is a part of the building process to
put people together, a platform where handshakes
are exchanged, business cards are flowing and
smiles are shared. Before many do business they
establish a relationship based on trust and
mutual respect.
The business package starts with building of
relationships, having a solid Brand and knowing
your Niche. Developing a Marketing  strategy that
is a living document with multifaceted avenues to
provide streams of revenue not just from one source,
but dynamically creating a continuous path to
making money, and just as importantly
re-energizing the community with investments
in people.

The desire to gain business power should never
be the priority over humanity. It is the people that
are the ones that will help build a business or allow
that business to wither away. The youth, teens and
young adults attending should be embraced, mentored
and provided role models so they can achieve their
dreams as future business owners.

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Youth, teens and young adults are contributing
to business success models.

Too many times there are gaps in education, political
influence, economic stability, diversity in commerce
and generational wealth is lacking. Venues like the
Black Expo are proved as viable, solid and productive
Black businesses that are influencing the community
in positive ways and showing each generation of
youth that they do have alternatives to potentially
dangerous and illegal activities. There is life in
following positive people doing positive things
through education, hard work, networking,
technology and investments.

Support Black Businesses because these Black
businesses support the communities they are
established in, by providing needed tax revenue,
mentors, role models and job opportunities.

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Pro. Wm Jackson, Blogger and Author Harold Harvey
author of “Justice in the Round”
Essay on the American Jury System

Resources:
15th Annual Florida Black Expo
https://www.facebook.com/BlackExpoSouth/

Accounting and Financial Womens Alliance
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afwa-winter-tini-social-tickets-30220477261?aff=erelexpmlt

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-breakfast-presented-by-florida-blue-tickets-29893201370?aff=erellivmlt

Women In Insurance and Financial Services
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-florida-wifs-january-luncheon-registration-29789105015?aff=erelexpmlt

Sun Entertainment
http://suncityentertainment.com/florida-black-expo.php

Black Expo South
http://blackexposouth.com/

Florida Black Expo
http://blackexposouth.com/florida-black-expo/

My Quest to Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/

Business Training and Collaboration
http://www.e3businessgroup.us/

1st Annual Community Film Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
FreshBookFestivals@gmail.com
(386) 627-4353

December 21, 2016

African Students’ Build Your Brand Reputation and Protect It

 

African Students’ Build Your
Brand Reputation and Protect It

 

 

 

William Jackson, M.Ed., Josh Rodriguez and Jon Gregory
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

“Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world.” William Butler Yeats

African Student’s Build Your Brand Reputation and Protect It
The more African students use technology the more they create
a digital footprint that will build in global significance.
African students are being judged, evaluated, and scrutinized
by their digital content as they mature into digital citizens
advancing in higher education and deciding on career fields
that are technology based and not the traditional careers that
society or foreign companies try to condition them to take.

Social Media content can influence the future opportunities
for African students, the mistakes of a past wrong action or
choice can come back to haunt a person especially if someone
is out to hurt reputations. The ability to extend your
credibility because of technology can happen by influencing
E-reputations and E-personalities.
African students across their nation and even their continent
need to be involved in, associated with and actively participate
in positive educational, social and leadership building experiences.

Social Media is a platform that can build a student’s Brand
or potentially destroy it before it can ever get started.
It is important that African students understand the
importance of what their developing Brand and what digital
reputations are capable of achieving. Branding and reputations
are collaborations, students can market themselves by developing
a trusted and respected personal or entrepreneurial Brand.
A Brand is a promise to whatever aspirations to be and must
be protected and guarded by strategically planning.

Understanding the abilities, recognizing talents,
building skills and planning strategies that involve growth
and staying away from stupid stuff. “It takes years to build
a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about
that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett

It is important that a students’ E-reputation
(electronic reputation) and E-personalities
(electronic personality) be protected at all costs because the
infusion, integration and engagement of technology allows for
being seen on a global platform of global connectivity.
Branding is not the style in clothes, current footwear fads,
artistic hairstyles, video gaming high scores or even the latest
language slang; it is being academically prepared,
professionally aware in a highly competitive and diverse
world on a foundation level based on education, personal
growth and improvement.

As a higher education instructor I encourage my students to
connect with others in their major study to share information
about best practices, experiences, resources, and even to
collaborate on projects. Learning takes place outside of the
classroom just as effective if not more than in the classroom.
“A good  reputation  is  more valuable than money.” Publilius Syrus

African students just as students around the world need to
understand that their lives are under scrutiny, people are
watching their personal decisions that are projected on
digital canvases that the world is watching. Whom they are
associated with; “guilt by association” and alliances.

It is important to strategically place themselves where they
can network to increase their visibility to others who have
similar interests and goals and build that Brand.
The hope is to help students of all levels and their parents
understand that associations do matter. Branding can earn
scholarships, internships and increase employment options.
In today’s society parental guidance is needed, but if
parents are not knowledgeable about technology the whole
family must learn together.

E-reputation, E-personality, Social Branding, and the
perceptions that people have play a strong part in the
Branding of students and influences their future.
African students should ask themselves how do they
perceive themselves and how do others perceive them,
do these match and what are the differences and
similarities.

This encourages areas to be addressed that need
strengthening, modification, and weaknesses.
“Everywhere I go, I’m second to arrive. My reputation
precedes me.” Jarod Kintz

In this world of constant technological change,
competitiveness, cultural diversity and lifestyle decisions
students globally must leverage their greatest asset
THEMSELVES in their Brands.
The contributions in the blog are from Jon and Josh
students attending Edward Waters College millennials
that are attending conferences, WordCamp, EdCamp,
WordPress and TEDxFSCJ. They are defining their culture
and developing their Brands.

Resources:
Guy Kawasaki | If I Knew Then What I Know Now | SXSWedu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF3ETXzVm-g
MC Hammer | Using Social Media to Develop Your Brand
https://youtu.be/QZn-yn6V_As
Systems of adversity: for the love of teaching | Rusul Alrubail |
TEDxKitchenerED https://youtu.be/CzHP-PIFBH0
The Danger of a Single Story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
https://youtu.be/D9Ihs241zeg
Survival of the Fittest Through Intelligence
https://knowledgeablelearners.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/survival-of-the-fittest/
EdCampUSA in Philadelphia
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/TEDxFSCJ%202016%20Salon/story

 

 

 

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