Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

56 years ago thousands of people gathered in Sharpeville. They stood together to protest against the Apartheid Pass laws. Police opened fire, killing 69 people. When I watched the movie Mandela, I was moved to tears as I saw this tragedy re-enacted. My fellow countrymen paid the ultimate cost to take a stand against the evils of apartheid. What happened there so long ago is part of a tide of change that I experience today.

It is this day that is commemorated as Human Rights Day …

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The TWD way to friend request…

The TWD way to friend request…

You are standing in front of a work friend and you are about to encourage them to participate in TWD. They don’t know Common Ground, they’ve never heard of Common Good and they have a baffled look on their face when you mention That Was Different.

Sound familiar?

Campaigns like TWD are designed to get as many people as possible to participate – whether as an activist or someone sponsoring an activity. But getting others to join in this great cause may feel awkward. And perhaps, like me, …

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Five books that will change you in 2015

Five books that will change you in 2015

You will remain the same person except for the people you interact with and the books you read. Or so my friend’s dad challenged me. This has proven to be massively influential in my life – our character is shaped by what we expose ourselves to. I can confidently say that my perspective on the world has been shaped by incredible people (whom I didn’t always agree with) and challenging books. So, I want to share a few of the books that have informed my …

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Did you know that we’re 99.9% the same?

Did you know that we’re 99.9% the same?

Studies have shown that genetically there is no more than 0.1% that separates one human being from another, no matter how different we may look.

Zero point one percent.

Think of any person on any corner of the planet. Yes, even that tribe on the most distant island in the middle of the ocean. And, yes, even that awkward guy sitting opposite you at work who hums to himself.

You have 99.9% or more in common with them.

But over history people have been persecuted, enslaved, murdered, and discriminated …

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Is reconciliation the job of the government – or us?

Is reconciliation the job of the government – or us?

Are we a reconciled nation? As the 4th national elections arrive on 7 May, I’ve been giving this question a lot of thought.

I’ve been reminded of the long queues of people clasping their ID books, waiting for their first opportunity to cast their vote. And I’ve remembered my first opportunity to vote in 1999 – the sheer joy of being able to participate in a new democracy.

Sadly for many the euphoria of the mid 90’s has been replaced with a cynicism and a sense of denial. It …

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