Reflections on 30+ yrs of BME Social Housing The BME Housing Sector started out as a campaigning movement of community leaders seeking to address the abject poverty and social exclusion suffered by the people they represented. It’s a story of how a collective conscience, sought to organise and transition groups of people from BME backgrounds into civic service to build the foundations of organisations that are still flourishing today. Against all the odds these groups…

The irony of the Windrush saga, the momentum of the press and publicity that has unfolded over the last few weeks,  can only be said to be part of God’s plan, that is if you are a believer. Here we are in the year of 70th anniversary of HMT Windrush reaching the shores of the UK in 1948, with the first cohort of economic migrants from Jamaica; a celebration that may have only reached those…

On a recent visit to Jamaica, I made effort to record some of Trelawny, rural Jamaica, where my family comes from. A interview with Hugh. M Dixon a local historian, gave an alternative insight to Jamaica’s history focusing on the ecology of the landscape, which unfolded into a comprehensive contextual narrative of early Jamaican History, Escape and Resistance of the Maroons, Roots of the early Jamaican economy, Spanish and English Wars, Caribbean migration, Atlantic Slave…

The tributes for Cyrille Regis, ex-England International footballer who died aged 59 on the morning of Monday 15th January 2018 show the greatness of the man. A torch bearer in dark times. The most handsome, and coolest of personalities, has been lauded by all as a true gentleman; a black man who showed the strength, skill and subtlety on a football pitch, when blacks were excluded from the game by racial abuse and bias in…

Watching celebrity mastermind this weekend John Pienaar, Deputy Political Editor for the BBC, who prior to questions on his general knowledge round, said “having covered politics (as a journalist) for 35 years, 2 or 3 years ago you’d thought you’d seen everything….” Now he’s seen things he’s never seen almost every week. Asked to elaborate more by John Humphrey’s, the successor to the unforgettable Magnus Magnusson, host of Mastermind, BBC’s long running brainiac show, Pienaar…

Network Marketing can be a hard slog, but choosing the right company and the right product suite can provide dividends. My early experience’s of the sector was common to most where I failed at first with a company selling water filters and then succeeded with a subsequent company,  reaching a Senior Marketing Director position for Telco Global Communications a company that utilised the Network Marketing business model to establish substantial growth in the late 90’s. For the benefit of those who are exploring business models and business opportunities, this article and the video I am sharing below gives an analysis as to where this industry currently stands, and why you should do your due diligence and take a look at what it has to offer. When I reflect Network Marketing, it gave me the opportunity to surpass the income I was earning in my day job, (which was at the time as a Principal Officer for a National Voluntary Sector Organisation that worked with young people who were vulnerable), and go on a journey in business that saw one of my companies make over £1.5m in sales. Not bad for a Battersea boy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.

What is Network Marketing?
Network Marketing is the modern name for Multi Level Marketing or MLM which also know as direct selling, a form of sales and distribution that includes sales made through the party plan, one-on-one demonstrations, and other personal contact arrangements as well as more recently with internet sales. The three top revenue companies in the US in revenue terms for 2016, are Amway, Avon, Herbalife which are now household names were responsible for $15 billion dollars in product sales.

London School of Economics/RSA’s joint Reinventing Work Networking Event – October 2017

Those in attendance, were either Fellows of the Royal Society of the Arts or soon to be, all of whom were evidently from the round of introductions, high achievers with practical experience of implementing change towards the new panacea of nurturing organisations to mitigate the corporate ills of self interest, power, inefficiencies in structural hierarchy, processes, communication, blurred lines of accountability, autonomy, role and boundary.

Self Management, and Distributed Leadership are some of the concepts that are the thread of the RSA’s reinventing work network; thinking outside the box to reconcile organisational development, using Fredric Laloux’s Opus Magnum, Reinventing Organisations as the standard bearer for reshaping the organisations of tomorrow. ( See a summary Frederic Laloux thinking in the video below)

https://youtu.be/GxGGkrtKZaA

Imagine a new model of thinking that spans management practice, community empowerment and the conceptof an authentic voice, that facilitates the optimisation of clear and creative thinking through a coherent methodology and practice framework. With traditional organisational structures having to recognise the challenge of globalisation, and the need to innovate to sustain themselves or die; digital transformation has increasingly become the priority focus as most sectors are at the mercy of technological disruption via new software development such as the latest significant advances in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Machine Learning, 3D Printing. If you are one of those companies not looking at digital transformation, this means that your enterprise is behind the curve and at risk.

Collective tears shed as the whole world witnessed what is suspected to be 100’s of people being burned alive in a tower block in North Kensington from all the cultural backgrounds that make up London’s population. The 24 storey 120 home Grenfell Tower block on Lancaster West estate, a devolved tenant controlled (TMO) council owned housing estate in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) with around 900 housing units overall….. 

Having seen “Fences”, starring Denzel and Viola Davis, I have to admit that the film moved me so much that I have started telling others even using the word  “Profound”, challenging them to watch it themselves and hear their perspectives. Having seen Denzel Washington promote the film, initially I only caught that the film’s main theme was about Troy Maxson’s (Denzel’s character) challenges with his son’s Corey pro football ambitions as he tried to placate with an apparent selfish wisdom for…