Humble Ownership Enables Reformation

Humble Ownership Enables Reformation

It is too easy in life to ignore problems, or to blame somebody else or a system for them. If we are going to move forward and become truly united as a people, we will all need to be humble and be open to correction, because we all need correcting. We will need to love people as if they are more important than ourselves, and be discontent with the social norm where it marginalises people. This means that if I believe that somebody who has …

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Complexity within Reconciliation

Complexity within Reconciliation

2015 was an incredible and pivotal year in the history of South Africa. It was a year where it became very apparent that there is indeed power and influence in a collective effort that is united around a common cause. In this year it was announced that the fees of most tertiary education institutions in South Africa were going to increase by more than 10%, nearly double the inflation rate. This announcement, was the catalyst that resulted in students coming together to stand against the …

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Micah 6:8 Devotional

Micah 6:8 Devotional

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
  And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8 (NIV)

As the Common Good team we had the opportunity to pray through this captivating piece of scripture, where Micah addresses the injustice and oppression carried out by Judah’s elites.

Micah asks the question in verse 6:8, “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?”. Prior …

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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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15 Signs you have a heart for social justice

15 Signs you have a heart for social justice

Welcome to 2015! Last year was a tremendously exciting and positive year at Common Good, but this year we want to make an even greater impact. And we need your help to do so!

But perhaps you’re thinking, ‘I’m not sure this social justice is my thing!’ Maybe you’re wondering ‘How do I know I’m the right person to get involved?’ Or perhaps you’re asking, ‘Should I get involved this year again?’

Well, hopefully these 15 signs will help clarify things and help you identify (or remind you of) your heart for …

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Who is your REAL MAN?

Who is your REAL MAN?

What is a real man?

REAL MAN /rɪəl/ /mæn/ (plural men): a true and not pretended, not false, used to emphasize the noun…adult male human.

That’s what a dictionary would say but, if we think about it, we all have a different definition of a real man. A real man can grow a mo in a month. He drives something he’s proud of. He could Jujitsu his way out of a fight. And he knows the difference between a beer and a pale ale at twenty paces.

Or is it …

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67 Ideas for Mandela Day

67 Ideas for Mandela Day

We have mixed feelings about Mandela Day around here, which takes place this Friday, 18 July. Not with the man being honoured, but with the time limit. Sixty-seven minutes may be enough time to do your grocery shopping but is it really enough time to make a lasting difference?

Nope, not really. But wouldn’t it be great if what starts as 67 minutes turned into 67 weeks, 67 days, and maybe even 67 years of someone giving their time to serve those around them? Now that seems …

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4 Inspirational Quotes on Generosity

God has given each of us a harvest of things to give, but often it’s easy to forget that we are blessed to be a blessing. Here are four quotes to help remind and inspire us to be generous today. Which one would you stick on your fridge or car dashboard?

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Photo credit: http://www.stewardship.org.uk/blog/blog/post/203-generosity-quotes

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Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carliphotography/8017083352/

P.S. For more on generosity, we recommend reading these great articles: “What Is Urban Gleaning?” and “Is It More Blessed To Give?”

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A Friend in Need

Have you ever tried to build a friendship with someone from a different background to your own? In today’s post, Christine Martin Van Wyk shares the story of her friendship with Janvier – and shows why pushing past the difficulties is so worth it. By Christine Martin Van Wyk 

Meeting Janvier

I met a homeless man online. My job means that I start my day with over 100 emails waiting for me in my inbox. Then the back-and-forth begins. In all these mails, I receive a lot of spam and …

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The State of the South African Mother

For the average South African mother-to-be, access to good quality prenatal healthcare is not a given. By Anneke Jagau

I would like to introduce you to Jenny. When I met her she was sitting in a hospital bed. She was looking down and her hand was stroking the little head that was peeking out of her hospital gown, as she was kangarooing her little daughter. Born too soon, too young and too fragile to survive the danger of the world outside of the safety of …

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