Field Notes: CMS Africa Summit 2016

Field Notes: CMS Africa Summit 2016

This was one of the amazing summits

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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer.

Today I share my experiences meeting and getting to know some of the most active members of the open source community in East Africa during the CMS Africa Summit, held in Kampala, Uganda, earlier this month. I was joined by my colleagues Job Thomas, Konstantin Obenland, Matty Cohen, Deborah Beckett, and Gareth Allison

CMS Africa Summit, where Automattic was a title sponsor, celebrates not only WordPress but open source software in general. The two-day event featured a jam-packed agenda of workshops, breakout sessions, keynotes, and even a hackathon, all targeting the fast-growing community of developers, business owners, startup founders, and bloggers in East Africa. Speakers from around the continent (and beyond) shared…

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“Every Guy Could Use A Pair of These!”, Every Man is Obsessed With These Men’s Dress Shows – They Are Hand Made And Can Rival Much Higher Pricier Brands.

“Every Guy Could Use A Pair of These!”, Every Man is Obsessed With These Men’s Dress Shows – They Are Hand Made And Can Rival Much Higher Pricier Brands.

Dress shoes pose a conundrum for many guys: On the one hand, you want your shoes to be comfortable and of high craftsmanship; on the other hand, you don’t want to have to spend upwards of $500 on a pair to get those features.

Paying for quality is smart, but not everyone can (or wants to) spend more than $200 on a pair of black lace-ups or loafers. This notion resonated with Ariel Nelson and Lane Gerson, co-founders of the wildly successful men’s footwear company Jack Erwin; so much so that they quit their day jobs to start this venture.

We built Jack Erwin because we couldn’t find the shoe we wanted — so really we are the best representation of our customer. We focus on what we would want from a brand and go with it,” Nelson and Gerson told Business Insider.

Since launching the direct-to-consumer company back in 2013, Jack Erwin has come to offer 16 different “well-made, beautifully designed shoes at an affordable price” — ranging from suede driving loafers to leather bluchers and wingtip combat boots. In keeping with the mindset of company’s namesakes (Nelson and Gerson’s fathers, “two men who appreciate great shoes, but who will never pay more than $200 on a pair”), the most expensive three pairs in its collection are just $220. The other 13 are less than $200. 

For today’s wolves of Wall Street, that’s a deal. For comparison’s sake, the average Salvatore Ferragamo loafer will set you back at least $500, if not $600 or $700. Even Allen Edmonds dress shoes, which are by and large what the majority of finance guys wear (or aspire to wear) on a daily basis, run closer to $400 a pair on average.

Accessibility is a very much an issue in the men’s dress shoe market; and it’s one Jack Erwin is tackling — not only by offering its customers affordable prices, but by accompanying those prices with style and comfort that can rival much pricier pairs. “After the break in period, comfort is very important,” Gerson explained to us. “To really look good and feel good you have to be comfortable. We have worked with our factories in Spain to find high-quality leathers that soften as they wear. We’ve increased the flexibility of our insole boards and leather outsoles, and we’ve introduced rubber sole options to further address comfort and durability,” added Nelson. They just look great on top of that.

If you’re in the market for new oxfords for work, or casual loafers for weekends, have a look. All signs point to Jack Erwin being a solid investment.

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Archie.

Archie Penny Loafer (Sullivan Collection), $195.

The ‘Archie’ is your classic penny loafer, which should go well suit suits and jeans alike. It, too, is Goodyear constructed.

 

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Joe

The ‘Joe’ is your classic black lace-up — a staple for every guy’s closet. The co-founders told us 1-2 wears should be enough to fully break them in.

Joe Cap-Toe Oxford (Foster Collection), $195.

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Hubert

You may need up to 5 wears to fully break in these Goodyear-welted bluchers, but after that, the leather should begin soften and conform to your feet. Their a brogued overlay and traditional long-wing details are nice touches for the modern gentleman who’s concerned with style as well as comfort.

Hubert Long Wing Blucher (Sullivan Collection), $195.

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Ernie

Suede driving loafers are a great choice for casual Fridays and weekends. The ‘Ernie’ comes in three colors, though the navy is our top pick.

Ernie Driving Loafer (Wright Collection), $95.

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Carter

Not every guy is a boots guy, but if you’re one, you could do much worse than the ‘Carter’. The military-style boot should work well with your jeans and chinos, and if you’re on the more stylish side, the burgundy color (they also come in black and chocolate brown) is a welcome department from the norm.

Carter Wingtip Combat Boot (Sullivan Collection), $220.

Internation Women’s Day 2016. #PledgeForParity

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Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

So how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016?

We say by Pledging For Parity!

Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

Commit to take action to accelerate gender parity

Globally, with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action – and with men and women joining forces – we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over. We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?

Follow link bellow to pledge…

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Pledge

 

Africa!!.. Why We Are What We Are!.

“Rich subalterns”

Rich-subalterns

We have two kinds of people in Africa, those who can’t make a living regardless of how much they put in, and those with lavish lifestyle and privileges regardless of how little they contribute.

If you live in Africa or know some African people, make a list of 10 people you know or have heard about who have a “good life” and social privileges. You’ll quickly find out that 90% those who have a good life are people who work for the “white” or with the “white”. They serve foreign-owned or controlled companies,  organizations or foreign NGOs in Africa. They have big houses, nice cars, home servants, and enjoy high social status and privileges.

I call those the “Rich subalterns” or the “Selected subalterns”.  (“White” in Africa is used for “European”, “Chinese”, “Lebanese”, “American”, etc. In the context of this article it could be easily replaced by “foreigners”.)

What is the problem?

The problem is that you can’t develop a country where the majority of people who have the potential to become leaders are raised to be “good subalterns” to be successful.

We need to change our mind sets on how we look at what happens in our everyday lives, We Are What We Are because of What We do.


Credit: siliconafrica.com Africa Top 10 Problems: Not the ones You were thinking about!