Blogs, a treasure chest of information

Where do we find information to grow and develop our craft businesses?   Books, coaches, networks …. and of course the internet! If you are reading this you probably already know what a blog is, but just in case you don’t here is a definition: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style. Business blogs are generally written by people who work in the business sector.  They share their knowle...
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Philanthropy in South Africa

Dominant narratives of philanthropy often portray Africans as mere recipients of aid, usually from well endowed, Western almoners - the West distributing charity to impecunious Africans.  Do you agree? Recently I attended the book launch for ‘Philanthropy in South Africa, Horizontality, Ubuntu and Social Justice’ by Shauna Mottiar and Mvu Ngcoya. The contributors to this volume turn this argument on its head and ask: what about the beneficent spirit of multitudes of Africans whose acts of gene...
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Business Gathering

NPC versus Co-operative; location, location, location; market research …. These are some of the topics discussed at the latest Business Gathering. NPO leaders who work with crafters in their communities getting together to explore the possibility of a collaborative shop. So what is a co-operative shop? We spent time sharing what we felt the co-operative will be. These were our thoughts: An upmarket retail space that shares a common vision to bring hand crafted goods to market and by doing so...
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Reading skills

Reading is a skill that needs to be taught Teaching children the relationship between a letter and the sound it makes is just the beginning of a journey to learn how the sounds work together to form a word. It is only by blending the sounds together that the word is read. Decoding a word that a child does not recognise is also a skill that needs to be taught. This month, I facilitated a workshop with Grade 1 educators looking at ‘reading strategies’, also called ‘word attack skills’. We explor...
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