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Jenny, a food scientist has been
working for a major consultancy,
training a group of women in Dubai
on how to build a local food business.
Jenny’s passion though was to help women
in Kenya to build their food businesses.
She was trying to link her priorities,
and make it work financially.
Jenny knew she could sell her courses
to the wealthy Dubai women, and
then use the money to train
the poorer women in Kenya.
That would be a traditional
‘charity’ model, where we earn our
money and then give it (or use it),
to help those who are less well off.
Jenny took a different approach however,
and ran only one course.
On that course, she brought the women
from Dubai and Kenya, to work together.
One group paid and one group didn’t.
But they all learned how to build
their local food businesses together.
The women shared stories of cultural
difference, and built relationships that
not only spanned continents, but were
the beginnings of global businesses.
This is different to the typical charity
model where 'donors' and 'recipients'
do not meet and are separated
by an intermediary organisation.
This is inclusive participation.
One woman, one course, one group
of women, one world and one amazing
inclusion initiative from Jenny.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT EXERCISE
1. What inclusive participation initiative could you create with your skills, experience and expertise? What is your passion?
2. What help would you like to make this happen? Who could help you?
Day 463 of Des McCabe's Personal Development Exercises
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