Of Connect.Hubs #2018BOTY

Day 7 of 25 Days of Blog Posts celebrating the best of 2018 #2018BOTY

My highlight experience for 2018 has to be, being in the pilot Connect.Hubs programme.

come connect go connect

A digital storyteller who creates stories entwined with the beauty and
chaos of the place he calls home legends of old married to the science
of today, spawning narratives that celebrate the magic and mystery of
his ancestry.
Beaton is builder of creative communities bringing together bloggers
who tell Africa’s narrative through the Afrobloggers network helping
fashion the influence of Africa’s blogging culture into a perspective
changing instrument of sustainable development.

Connect.hubs is an initiative to support the social and creative hubs in Southern Africa that drive the creative economies and create social impact in the region. #connecthubs is a project by BritishCouncil  #SouthernAfricaArts BritishCouncil Zimbabwe and Hivos Southern Africa with training led by NESTA, and support from ElectricSouth , Enthuse Afrika and Young BloodAfrica.

Connect.Hubs Harare

It was an enlightening experience connecting with 22 creatives from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Connect.Hubs

Collaboration is the new innovation

We connected and now we are going to create…..
I cannot wait to see the creations that will come from these connections

We had a hub tour seeing some local Hubs


From Chill Spot Records a music hub in Mbare, the home Zim Dancehall music, where we hung out with Levels and Fantan the guys who make the magic happen and some of the hubsters in our group dropped bars on microphone on a freestyle track

Chill Spot Could never be a kill spot
Chillspot Records
Chill Spot records

To DeMoyo Fashion, a hub created by Paidemoyo a fashionista whose been on the worldwide catwalks with A-listers and now works to create and nurture local talent. (Moyo means Heart in Shona)

DeMoyo
always from demoyo
Always from DeMoyo

Moto republik a creative hub and co-shared working space

Moto Republik

B2C A business incubator and co-shared working space

B2C

The days were jam packed with learning activities covering various modules  and I can say my skill set has gone up a level

Anatomy of a hub leader

We not only got to learn but to network and forge collaborations spreading across boarders, to harness the power of our connections and strengths to see what magic happens

Come connect go create Its time to collaborate
The future of innovation is in collaboration

~B

Photo Credit: HIVOSROSA

Elliot    Early Entertainment

Joel     Yoweli Chungu Filimu

Allan   choma provincial library

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Of Coffee With Bees

Of coffee with B

If you were having coffee with me I would thank you for the visit and ask you if preferred tea or coffee and it will have to be without sugar and milk because I don’t have any that besides a true coffee connoisseur drinks there’s black, hot and no sugar please. Maybe I can offer you some water have a seat and let me tell about my past week.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell that I finally met in person Bruce one of the people I have been working with for the past two years to connect, collaborate and promote the showcasing of bloggers and have a place where the world meets Africa; Afrobloggers.  I also met a fellow blogging connection Sparkles. I have known her for close to 3 years but had never met and the three of us had a lovely lunch brainstorming the future of Afrobloggers.

lunch with the B's
Bruce
Beaton
Lunch with the B’s

Bees were hanging around our table like we were literally made of honey and it turns out that Sparkles’ perfume is infused with real honey extracts, I think it should come with a warning label that ATT: BEES WILL FOLLOW YOU

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our Afrobloggers Platform was selected to be in the pilot group of the Connect.Hubs program run by Hivos, British Council, Nesta, Enthuse Afrika, Electric South connecting together 44 creatives from Southern Africa; in Harare and Cape Town to come connect and go create

Beaton Mabaso representing Afrobloggers

Our group the Harare cohort was made up of 22 creatives from Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

connect.hubs
connect.hubs

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that one of my favourite experiences was a session where after chatting and getting to know fellow creatives in a speed dating like setup you would assign them a label that showed what summed up your thoughts on them and this was a great way in figuring out how to best map future collaborations with each other

“Collaboration is the new innovation”

Thulani Mpofu

Over the past week we  did a crash course covering everything from communication, anatomy of a hub leader to coming up with a sustainable hub model. During one of these sessions I brainstormed a concept of how we could possibly deal with the high internet cost;

brain storming

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the Harare WordPress WordCamp on Friday, I missed most of it because I was at the Connect.Hubs; fortunately I was slotted in as the last speaker of the day so I was able to do a flying visit and drop a lightning presentation on how a blog means community.

A blog means commuity
Beaton Mabaso
my blog a gentleman because it opens doors for me

At the end of my presentation there was a brief question and answer segment and someone from the audience asked me what we could do about the low reading culture problem and my suggestion was simple that we must “catch them young” instill a culture of reading writing and self-expression into the curious minds of the young and watch them write their own histories, and to that effect I am collaborating with other flip leaves heroes to write books for children

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the minister of finance presented the 2019 National Budget themed “Austerity for Prosperity” and included a quote a quote from the 19th Century Philosopher,

Zimbabwe 2019 budget speech

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them”.


John Stuart Mill 

Then used a whole lot of fancy terms to basically say the governments needs more more and they are going to do it the only way the know how “widening the tax base” and squeezing the life and money out of  the public.

Austerity for posterity

That’s my past week how has yours been?

Cheers to a great week ahead

~B

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Photo credit: Connect.Hubs

                       WordCamp Tariro Chagwiza

                                             FitnessbaeInt 

                 Minister of finance Budget