Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Family is about relationship. It is about investing time in other people. It involves supporting and encouraging each other. It takes sacrifice. It fosters mutual admiration and inspiration.

And family does not only refer to blood relatives.

Last week I attended Paradigm Shift’s celebration evening. It was a brief time of reflecting on how entrepreneurs, volunteer trainers and mentors had grown together. I was so struck by the incredible cohesion of relationships that has been developed in this small community. Meeting for a journey of business training …

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Alvin’s Story: From Fisherman to Entrepreneur

Alvin’s Story: From Fisherman to Entrepreneur

Hovering around 25%, South Africa’s unemployment rate can breed hopelessness and despair. This sort of climate requires radical action, innovative thinking and creative ideas.

One such creative idea may be found in Paradigm Shift.

Paradigm Shift is a programme run by Common Good that offers micro-finance, mentorship and training to small business owners.  At Paradigm Shift entrepreneurs get to partner with experienced businessmen and woman to develop and refine their business model.  Entrepreneurs have experienced a significant increase in their business revenue due to the weekly training …

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Africa’s Story: A Craftsman in the Making

Africa’s Story: A Craftsman in the Making

Did you know that the unemployment rate for those under 25 in South Africa is 50% (Stats SA)? Imagine graduating from matric, often against huge personal challenges,  only to find this daunting statistic standing in your way of a bright future.

Africa’s story could’ve followed a similar plot to that of thousands of other young South Africans, with the high of graduation day quickly spiralling into hopelessness, as the realities of joblessness sank in.

But today you won’t find Africa among the unemployed – or hopeless. Rather you’ll find him expertly …

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Margaret’s Story: From Domestic Worker to Entrepreneur

Margaret’s Story: From Domestic Worker to Entrepreneur

Over the past few weeks, the stories being told across our nation are often ones of fear, violence and despair, as xenophobic attacks have punctured the heart of our country.

These stories are important to hear. As a community, we can’t bury our heads in the sand. But there are other stories which also need to be heard.

Stories of hope, courage, and perseverance. Margaret’s story is one of them.

As a child growing up in Malawi, Margaret dreamed of becoming a lawyer, but without enough money for university, her next …

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“I couldn’t afford my children’s school fees”

“I couldn’t afford my children’s school fees”

Over 254 students have already graduated from NETwork’s Job Readiness programme this year! We asked four graduates to share how the course has changed their lives…

The teachers show so much love and care

“Before I came to NETwork, I was an ignorant person thinking I was doing the best, but I was actually destroying my future. NETwork helped me in all my situations and is still doing more and more for me. They taught me how to manage my expenses and I learned how to ‘stand up’ in …

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How one woman’s ingenuity is changing lives

How one woman’s ingenuity is changing lives

She looked at us with eyes that held a steady strength. A smile of fixed resolve slowly spread across her face. We knew that behind this smile was a determination that could only come from something outside of herself. It seemed that every time one of us visited Phumeza, who graduated from the Paradigm Shift Module 1 in Dec 2013, she was celebrating the miracles that were taking place in her life, while new challenges lay ahead of her.

On this particular morning, my Paradigm Shift …

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Why EEE?

Why EEE?

83%. Four out of five people. That’s how many Christ followers in Common Ground Church believe that doing justice is normative Christianity. This is a stat that has caused the Common Good team to pause – for just a moment – and smile. For the past few years the Common Good team have worked with leaders to ensure that doing justice is not outsourced to a few paid professionals. We are passionate about seeing every Christ follower inspired, equipped and discipled to follow Jesus in …

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A Light in Winter

By Emily Oppenheimer

As the coldness of winter sets in, I found a place that warms the hearts of the city. I ventured into a place with brightly coloured walls with a door that read “There’s a beautiful mess inside”. I assumed the sign was to let visitors know what to expect when entering these four walls, but I left realizing that sign was meant to be carried over each and every one of us. Life can feel overwhelming, chaotic, and simply messy at times, but …

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Feedback from a Paradigm Shift student

This week, we’re going to be sharing feedback from some of our initiatives! Today, we hear from Adele, a small business owner who has been attending our Paradigm Shift business training and discipleship course, hosted at the Common Ground Wynberg venue every week for the past 9 weeks… So what did she think of the course?

Here’s what other Paradigm Shift students had to say:

“I never used to read the bible or pray in a group. But this programme boosted my spirit, vision, faith, taught me …

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Breaking the cycle

Last month, 20 prisoners from Pollsmoor graduated from Network’s job readiness programme, equipping them with the skills they’ll need to find employment after their release. In this post, Deborah Cuthbert takes a  look at some of the obstacles ex-offenders face and how we can support them as a community.

On Freedom Day in March this year, the president caused quite a stir when he announced the early release of  approximately 14 651 prisoners from prisons across the country. I’m sure many a law-abiding citizens heart skipped …

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