14 Jan

Celebrating Digging Deeper’s first award!

“No, women like you don't write. They carve onion sculptures and potato statues. They sit in dark corners and braid their hair in new shapes and twists in order to control the stiffness, the unruliness, the rebelliousness.” - Edwidge Danticat

I am delighted to be awarded the ‘Best Online Social Impact Journalist’ at the 2018 GHP Social Care Awards. Whoever nominated me, I am very grateful. Do drop me note via my contact form when you can.

I created this space 18 months ago because I wanted to explore new ways of discussing the ‘big questions’ in global development. Through my practice, I have discovered that the most progressive type of conversations about development are the ones which accommodate shortcomings, creative tensions and contradictions because that is what our world is composed of.

In his recent conversation with Prince Harry, Barack Obama echoed my sentiments, when he proposed that public conversations should allow a ‘multiplicity of voices, diversity of views and…ways of finding common ground.’ Although he assigned the responsibility of ‘creating common spaces’ to leaders, I believe it’s everyone’s political responsibility and freedom to create this ‘common space’. There are exciting new developments in this area such as ‘The Civil Conversations’ project by Krista Tippett, and the recently launched Creative Tensions project by IDEO. I am thrilled to be part of an increasing movement calling for a different type of public dialogue.

Digging Deeper is part of my life’s purpose and I am excited to see what contribution it will make in shifting the culture of public dialogue in our world. I’m proud of my consistency and the challenges I have overcome to stay committed and inspired. A big thank you to all the publications that have featured my work – On Being, UN Human Development Report and Overseas Development Institute. Lastly, I’m thankful to you for making time to read my work, for allowing it to move you and for challenging me to do better when I slip up. I am excited for this year and the growth opportunities unfolding.

To celebrate this milestone, here is a recap of the 10 most read blogs (in order) and some fun facts!

I also wanted to make time to celebrate other women who are using writing in provocative ways to make sense of this crazy and rather beautiful world! When you show up the way you are, I’m inspired to show up the way I am too. Thank you!

Victoria Princewill – writer, philosopher and avid learner of life. Check out her essay on Zadie Smith and the danger of single narratives when depicting the black experience.

Phoebe Boswell – incredible visual artist. Check out her visual essay, Stranger in the Village.

Aya Chebbi – pan-African feminist, Aya, used blogging to challenge the narratives of the Middle East and Africa uprisings which she calls the ‘Revolution of Dignity.’ Check out her views on ‘youth radicalisation and trust’.

For consultation opportunities and commissioned work on writing, and/or the Sustainable Development Agenda, please contact me using my contact form.

With gratitude,

picture: my utterly delightful big sister and I.


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