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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How life changes after adoption

How life changes after adoption

Two years ago my husband and I adopted our daughter Rachel. While our journey is, like all adoption stories, unique and significant to us (you can read about it here), this post is instead about our life since Rachel became part of our family.

The big question many often want to know is how exactly has life changed since the adoption? The answer is surprising, even to me: from the other side, adoption is normal, it’s every day, and I don’t see the difference.

Before we adopted there where so many questions floating through our …

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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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TWD: Look what YOU did

TWD: Look what YOU did

So last Friday wasn’t just any ordinary day in Cape Town. Yes, it was Human Rights Day. But it was also TWD Day – the day when people did something different to make a difference in education and employment in our city.

And, well, we’re super impressed and blown away with everyone’s creativity, commitment and generosity! From the moment the clock struck midnight on 21 March, Cape Town was buzzing and blazing with, well, different events and happenings. Think glow-in-the-dark runners, Promenade-moonwalkers, long-distanced leapfroggers, dancers on …

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What’s Mine is Not Mine

What’s Mine is Not Mine

What should we do with the treasures with which we’ve been blessed? Sindiso Mnisi Weeks shares how she’s grappling to let go in a culture holding on.

Psychologists describe how a significant milestone in child development is when the child begins to understand herself as a separate entity from her mother and the rest of the world. What follows shortly thereafter is the realisation that she can possess things. “Mine!” she says, “… mine, mine, Mine, MINE!”

Perhaps one of the most radical – counter-cultural … even, …

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Minding the Gap

Giving across the socio-economic divide is not always easy. We need to be conscious of the roles that we assume when building relationships with each other, and should aim for interaction based on equality. By Richard Lundie

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I while ago, I was challenged deeply by a story of a Cape Town church that was leading a trip to Madagascar.  In preparation, one of the Malagasy pastors said to the Cape Town pastor, “Please tell your team to remember that when …

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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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What Does God’s Mission Mean to Me?

We asked three people at different stages in their journey to share their thoughts with us.

Kevin with his wife, Claire, and their daughter Sierra

Displaying His Infinite Glory

By Kevin Murphy

“It means, chiefly, to prioritize what Christ prioritizes, which is the maximal display of his infinite worth (his glory). We don’t always get it right, but we’re trying to have that as the motivating factor for everything we do. That shapes the way that we interact with our community, as we want them to see the …

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How God Guides…

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Every day we’re called upon to love our neighbour but how do we do this best when every person and situation is so different? Thankfully, God hasn’t left us to figure this out on our own. Here are some examples of how we can discern his will. 

… Through Relationship

“My friendship with Lawrence started when he came into my office one day to ask me why I never got irritated or angry at people. He’d worked for me …

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