Minority Businesses Attend Conferences and Meetups To Grow

William Jackson of My Quest to Teach
Aida and William
Aida and William

Minority Businesses Should Attend Conferences and Meetups To Grow
William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach

The opportunity to grow for minority businesses can be dependent
on their willingness to expand outside of their normal comfort zones.
The move outward from known circles of friends and family to networking
away from the comfort zones of the known to the unknown.

Investing in attending conferences, meetups, workshops and other
events where networking is required allows for business territory to be
expanded.  How can a business expand and  gain in Brand recognition,
awareness and influence if minority business owners do not take the time
to be engaged in the community, even at venues that are different and new?

Attending WordCamp Meetups allows for business growth that
expands Brand visibility, enhances innovative business ideas,
broadens networking opportunities outside of traditional business
networks and connections. There should be a plan and strategy to get
involved in Meetups like those held on Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, etc.

Jacksonville, Florida Meetup is innovative in that not only is there a
MeetUp with adults, but seasoned educators have created a WPJaxKids
MeetUp that applies STEAM, The Arts and Web Development from
innovative design of instruction and hands-on learning.
https://www.meetup.com/wordpress-jacksonville/ 

With 1100 members strong as stated on the Meetup.com web site
the engagement and sharing of knowledge and resources if phenomenal
and relevant to growing, managing, marketing and branding a business.
Thursday, September the 19th will be the next MeetUp for WPJax and
WPJaxKids.

Business models are changing and for minority businesses to
survive there must be continuous and strategic learning and
engagement. Attending Meetups increases technical skill
knowledge and builds not just skills related to technology,
but builds relationships that transform the business model in
the 21st century.

Social media should now be part of any business model because
SM expands Brands, enables Digital Marketing Strategies and
can move business into new markets. The upcoming MeetUp will
have Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life, LLC
https://lovebuiltlife.com/   
speaking about the Art of Blogging and how blogging can be
transformational for business Branding, business growth and
business marketing.

Relationship building in the “open source” community is about
sharing and collaboration. Everyone has value because everyone
has the potential to improve, magnify, transform and enhance
the WordPress platform. You do not have to be an “expert” in tech
just common sense application, a passion for what you’re trying to
accomplish in business and personal success. There should  be a
vision for growth and business success. Without a vision their can
be no progress.

Since joining this community of coders, developers, writers,
programmers, users and innovators, WPJax and others provides
access to all levels of tech integration, implementation and innovation.
Web development, advances in video storytelling, Java Script,
App development, SEO, SoLoMoCo integration can be applied
in multiple levels,  there should be strategic planning and knowing
the audience you will be marketing to. Knowledge is not powerful
unless it is applied knowledge from strategic planning and
implementation.

What better way to allow for valuable exchanges and relevancy
than to have people speak of their successes, challenges,
developing business models and how they integrate WordPress
to build their Brands and increase potential profits.

Minority businesses in order to remain relevant, visible, viable,
and even profitable must integrate web development at some
level. There has to be a plan that is strategic and even focused
on specific demographics to make connections that afford
collaborations not just competition.

Understanding the importance of analytics, views, engagements,
influences and how video can enhance a message. People are
visual learners, they need visual stimulation, application and the
execution of information that is relevant. The eyes have it and see
what progressive applications are needed.

Content creation is critical to establish a Brand that represents
your business, the services you provide and what your business
model is.
There are many avenues for minority businesses to travel even
before they begin to turn a profit, Social Media is one more avenue,
the rewards are long lasting to help build relationships and
establishing a presence that encourages community engagement
and participation.

Do not allow just tech (SEO) to expose your business, use it to
enhance your visibility to others, expand your Brand BY sponsoring,
promoting and mentor with community engagement.

Be seen in the community, be involved, be a sponsor and promoter
that shows even the smallest contribution can bring rewards to new
markets and engagements. Build on partnerships and collaborations
that can expand in new directions of success and influence.

If you’re a minority business  owner you must expand outside of your
comfort  zone, get involved, get engaged and get visible.

Jacksonville, Florida
WordPress Meetjup
WPJax Meetup and WPJaxKids Meetup
https://www.meetup.com/wordpress-jacksonville/

Africans, Use Digital Technologies To Tell Your Own Stories

Let Me Be Great

Africans, Use Digital Technologies To Tell Your Own Stories
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach
Africans need to tell their own stories especially in the age of
digital technology, Social Media, Apps and other digital
platforms. The flexibility of digital tools opens doors to sharing
content and inspiring dreams. Blogging, Podcasting, Microblogging,
Vblogging and other platforms like SnapChat are resources to
share diverse content.
African stories need to be told authentically.

The Continent of Africa
The Continent of Africa

Chinua Achebe states in his book “Home and Exile,” “until the
lion produces their own historian, the story of the hunt will
glorify only the hunter.” Digital technologies allow African youth
to be storytellers and create their own digital foundations to be
followed by those that share similar passions and interests.

This blog is hoped to encourage, inspire, ignite the flames of
passion to share the words that burn in the hearts of African
storytellers. Many people of the African Diaspora teach their
children the value of storytelling, the purpose of verbal exchanges
that share cultural history, family unity, and historical knowledge
handed down decades and centuries. I love to read the
stories of Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and others.

They help build a mindset for storytelling and transferring to
the written word. Africans during colonization were denied through
threats, beatings and even death the opportunity to share the stories
of kingdoms of prosperity and educational achievements. Africa had
great universities before Europe and studied science, mathematics,
astronomy and biology. Our STEAM educational strategies are
based on past successes by Africans.

Because of these achievements and more, Africans should be proud
of their heritage and have a drive to extend beyond the colonization
of foreign powers even today.  Achebe describes the “text book act,”
where Nigerian children could not read at a certain time of day and
were not allow to read certain books that showed Africans as leaders,
explorers, conquerors and educated.

The lack of books that look like their intended audience does have
a cognitive affect, if African children do not see books that have
characters that look like them they cannot vision themselves potentially
growing out of where others want them to stay. This is equally so for
African American children and children of color.

The beauty and power of the Internet is that information is free and
unlimited, there for the taking and learning. African parents if they
are not doing so need to take their children to bookstores to explore
and dream. Empower them with knowledge about literacy, African
authors in the literary world. Imagine the excitement of African
children when they learn a book can help them dream seemingly
impossible dreams, to see their potential as leaders,
visionaries, and content creators.

African Continent
African Continent

Teaching an African child to read is not just a personal investment,
it is an investment in the continent, to build it to the future.
Programs like Sunshine build the needed confidence in its students
to dream beyond their current situations and to see into the future.
Reading builds self-esteem, encourages self-respect and opens mental
doors that connect others with similar passions. A nation that is based
on education is a growing and functional nation with great potential.

Technology opens many doors for collaboration, cooperation and
strengthening education. The integration of technology creates
opportunities for African storytellers to expand their voice, to magnify
their presence and to vocalize the legacy of the people ingrained in the
stories of decades and centuries of old.

Technology allows for diversity to make connections, those of like
cultural backgrounds, and those willing to learn about and make
connections with diverse audiences. Stated by Chinua Achebe,
“Diversity is the engine of evolution, of living things including living
civilizations.”

Social Media if used strategically and planned can
build communities even digitally to magnify the voices
of people, strengthen the collective of the masses
and make effective and long lasting changes that
benefit the continent as a whole and the growing
digital awareness.

The Alphabet of Being A Central American Content Creator

The nation of Costa Rica

The Alphabet of Being A Central American Content Creator
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Twitter @wmjackson
Proud speaker at WordCamp San Jose 2018 and 2019
Volunteering with KidsCamp 2018 and 2019

Costa Rica Flag
Costa Rica Flag

Diversity: embrace the valuable content and the creative
innovation at WordCamp San Jose. Magnify a voice that
should be heard on a global digital scale to inspire thought
leadership and the awesomeness of diversity and inclusion
of the intelligence, intellect, innovation and creativity of the
people of Central America.” William Jackson, M.Ed. 2019

Shared from my passions as a WordCamp speaker, volunteer
and advocate of WordCamp San Jose. Special shout-out to the
WordCamp San Jose 2018 and 2019 organizers, volunteers,
and speakers. Many thanks for inviting Aida and I to speak and
thanks for the blessings of hospitality you have shared with Aida
and I in 2018 and 2019.
The opportunity to share the engagement of content development,
digital innovation and show the beauty of diversity and collaboration.

Pura Vida Costa Rica
Pura Vida Costa Rica

The Alphabet of Being A Central American
Content Creator A to Z
A. Directed to my brothers and sisters in Costa Rica and across
Central America, write as if the world is reading your content and
share your passions and intellect.
B. Write to show the intelligence, pride and beauty of your culture.
C. Your passion should be felt through your writings, photos and
videos. Content is an extension of who you are and your Brand as
a business owner and entrepreneur.
D. Your digital voice should resonate with pride and the cultural
history of the greatness you have.
E. Remember that you’re not just creating for you, you’re creating
and representing your Brand and your community.
F. Your content will inspire generations because it will be forever
posted online in a never-ending digital life.
G. Your content is an investment and invitation to others, be sure
to treat it with respect and cultivate its growth and influence.
H. Intellectual investments are valued, so be sure to invest in your
Brand that promotes growth, respect, honor and cultural love.
I. Remain humble to the power of your content and humble to the
power of your voice.
J. Be authentically authentic about who you are and where you
come from. Your actions represent your community and nation.
K. Embrace the diversity of your community and find common
ground for collaboration and building each new generation.
L. You’re the expert of you… never allow others to define you
or tell your authentic story. Costa Rica and Central America
has a rich history, be sure to share it. PURA VIDA!!!
M. Don’t allow bias or racism to taint or spoil your views of
cultural diversity in your community. Telling a story means telling
through your eyes and experiences to build community.

N. Discover the why of why you write and share your talents with
the youth in your life.
O. The best natural resources of your nation is the children;
create, speak, write, blog, post so growth is abundant in them.
P. Write about the beauty and energy of your land and your people.
Q. Accept the diversity of your nation and your culture, unify and
recognize the Diaspora.
R. Look with different eyes at your environment, use places, people,
smells, sites and experiences to influence your writing. Empower
your voice from the energies around you.
S. Use digital resources to research and learn from great writers,
remember “The storyteller has a different agenda than the emperor.”
Chinua Achebe 2008 Nigerian Writer
T. What Costa Rican and Central American writers should you
know before and after WordCamp? If there are too little then YOU
become the writer that tells a story.
Make a personal list and share at WordCamp.
U. The Danger of A Single Story – https://youtu.be/D9Ihs241zeg
What is your story, your countries story, your cultures story?
V. Write to educate, empower, engage and excite others.
W. Remember your voice has POWER, it can inspire, it can heal,
it can motivate, it can change lives, but it can destroy, bring chaos
and even death. Be wise in using your voice.
X. Think of the legacy you want to create and leave in the world.
Your words will last forever on digital platforms after WordCamp.
Y. Girls and women should have equal opportunities to expand
their abilities and talents. They have the talent to become thought
leaders and spark life-long learning in other girls and women
that will influence generations to come.
Z. Never forget the sacrifices that the elders made so that
generations can continue to rise and be agents of change.

Conclusion:
Keep Christ first in all that you do as a culture, community and society.

PURA VIDA

Twitter: @WordCampSanJose
Hashtags: #WordCampSanJose #WCSJ
Website: https://2019.sanjose.wordcamp.org/
William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach
https://myquesttoteach.com/
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
https://lovebuiltlife.com/
Follow us on #thatwordcamplife

Writing and Storytelling for Africans

Image of Africa

Writing and Storytelling for Africans
by William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson Twitter

Aida Correa Catherine Mayokun Egwali William Jackson
Aida Correa Catherine Mayokun Egwali William Jackson

Catherine Mayokun Egwali, center spoke at
WordCamp Jacksonville 2018.
International bestselling author, she also provides
coaching services for those who desire to write,
publish and market their bestsellers on Amazon.

“Writers have to recognize the works of the artist and
those of the activist. Creating content is more than just
throwing words, video, pictures on a digital sheet of
paper. There is serious intellectual thought during the
writing process. Sometimes writing will be in a zone of
creativity and innovation to create new content that has
an intended outcome, but sometimes the outcomes are
unknown.” William Jackson

Professor Soyinka “Just sit down and write….” as he has
stated to growing African writers across the continent.
The ability of a blogger / writer to write also means that
they have a responsibility to tell the story of those that
cannot write, those that are silent and have no voice.
Digital content is powerful and enabling to bring recog-
nition, attention and urgency to civic issues that need
to be addressed.

The growth of the blogger / writer is composed of periods
of growth, reconciliation, enlightenment and a civic
responsibility to write / blog not just for oneself, but for
those that do not have a voice and will not be heard.
The ability to share a story comes from the ability to listen
and apply knowledge from a person’s experiences,
interactions, goals for growth and even how mistakes are
made and learned from.

The diversity of culture influences a writer’s ability to
“touch” the people they are writing to or writing for.
When past writers applied their skills they shared stories
that could be connected to real life, to the experiences
that many knew they could connect to.

The diversity of African bloggers represents the diversity of
a continent that influences not just the global weather, but
has digital extensions that influence business, commerce,
entrepreneurial spirits of the dreamers, creators and
innovators that have ideas to change the world around them.
Africa is in a constant state of flux economically, educationally,
culturally and the future is unknown, but it is becoming
brighter and brighter as business and entrepreneurial
opportunities become available.

Writers like author and Professor Wole Soyinka who are
involved in civic issues, governmental policies and the
educational growth of youth, teens and adults. He
is of the past, but influences the present.
There are modern writers waiting to be read.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been nominated for a Nobel
Peace Prize in 2017 and is a strong contender to win
one in literature.

The African continent has birthed intellectual and
intelligent writers that have embraced and applied
digital platforms to awaken and encourage others in
the African diaspora to spread their digital wings and
take flight. The storytellers of the past have grown and
adapted to the Bloggers, Vbloggers, Podcasters,
Facebook Live and Instagram visionaries building,
creating, designing and posting content that influences
thought not just emotions.

Stated by Soyinka, “when Africans learn the power they
have in their hands in writing, they can influence their
communities and make important and needed changes
because they will have a voice that others can hear and
follow.”

Writing is a grassroots process that builds knowledge in
Africans of all ages and can influence generations. The
educational process is key because as can be seen in Africa
it is dangerous to allow your colonizers to educate your
children. Their goals are not the goals of those being
oppressed. The goal of the oppressor is the keep the
oppressed ignorant. So that their resources can be drained
dry before the oppressed realize what is happening
to their lands, to their people and their very existence.
Stated by Prof. William Jackson of My Quest to Teach
“If we (Blacks) are not speaking for ourselves or writing
for ourselves, someone else is going to describe who we
are, where we came from and ultimately where we are going.”
This creates identity problems because those that are doing
the writing are not looking through the eyes of those being
written about. The people are not seen as people they are
seen as little things with no value, as Chinua Achebe states,
“as funny things.”

Too many stories are wrong in their direction to offer solutions
to issues that Africans are experiencing. Africans must be able
to tell their own stories because there is a story to tell…..
“Your pen has to be on fire.” Chinua Achebe
Social Media has opened more doors to express, share
and even demand change.

Resources:
How many people use social media in Africa?
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/13/africa/africa-social-media-consumption/

 

WordCamp San Jose Raising Awareness in Digital Content Creation

Costa Rica Flag
William Jackson, Speaker and Educator
William Jackson, Speaker and Educator

WordCamp San Jose Raising Awareness in Digital Content Creation
by William Jackson and Aida Correa
My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life
Follow us on the hashtag #thatwordcamplife

The global availability of WordCamp and the participation by
thought leaders, journalists, artists, educators, content creators,
developers, graphic designers and coders to name just a few
of the diverse numbers that will attend
WordCamp Costa Rica 2019

WordCamp San Jose sparks a growth in awareness of the
value of digital content that even crosses languages and
cultures. People are empowered to be producers of digital
content that can influence the thinking and influence
that tech has.

The engagement in social issues, political ideologies,
cultural representation and even the betterment of gender
representation is being Blogged, Vblogged, and Podcast
across digital platforms and in the Hispanic culture embracing
not just the United States, but across Mexico, Central and
South America. Aida and I are so humbled
to be speaking at this years WordCamp San Jose and teachers
with the KidsCamp.

Aida Correa, Speaker and Teacher
Aida Correa, Speaker and Teacher

The direction of content creation has gone through adaptation
that allows for content to be applied in commercial, business,
education, commerce and even in agriculture showing that
diverse information can be managed using technology. Youth,
teens and young adults are the future problem solvers, they
need to be trained, mentored and exposed early to be the
thought leaders, creatives, innovators, problem solvers and
intellectuals that will be needed.

Digital content is adaptive and inclusive to text; photos, audio
elements and video. The value of content is its ability to empower
and inspire. To open minds to the potential to reach broader
audiences and open doors to collaboration using diverse digital
platforms.
There are tools that can build Brands, connect lives that build
businesses and increase national and international collaboration.

San Jose WordCamp 2019
San Jose WordCamp 2019

WordCamp San Jose, WordCamp Nicaragua and WordCamp
Panama  represent the right way to apply thought leadership and
encourage digital engagement. Success is achieved as organizers
follow a strong vision, applied their knowledge, planned strategically
and with the results in mind.

The Kids Camp is well guided, kids from ages 7 to 14 along a
path that involves hands-on learning where story-boarding,
drawing, team-work and digital relevancy to show how
technology can be applied and the benefits of being engaged.

Aida and I were honored to volunteer and help with Kids Camp
as instructors and guide youth to building their content and
posting it online. Observing how the youth worked together
in unity and fun participated in the first KidsCamp in Costa
Rica in 2018, now in 2019 extend the learning.

This first KidsCamp held with over 18 kids involved and
their parents was a great success, the youth created their
own web sites using the tools of WordPress starting their
journeys as digital content creators.
What a great event all around that is building national and
cultural pride.

Costa Rica Flag
Costa Rica Flag

Costa Rica has a future full of information technology
leaders, smart creatives, digital visionaries, innovators
and business owners. They are growing as digital
international influencers. Their growing gender equality
and the value of equitability is seen as women are growing
in careers of digital influence.

WordCamp and corresponding tech conferences are bridging
Central America into positions of regional and global influence
that will open new career choices and opportunities to travel.
The over 700 attendees were the largest WordCamp in Latin
America thus far and 2019 is Sold Out as well. The diversity of
the organizing team makes success represented of some of
the best that Costa Rica has as digital advocates.

This century continues to see tech advancements that affect
the educational, economic, social and business relationships
of millions of people globally. Central America has the potential
to spring forth new generations of digital producers with skills
that will help make the world notice Central America
as a tech hub and digital influencer.

I have often used the TEDTALK from Novelist Chimamanda
Adichie , “The Danger of A Single Story” to show that people
must not allow perceptions to cloud their minds to the
intelligence and innovation of other cultures.
https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

Central America is growing in its regional and global influence,
inspiring  youth, teens and young adults to enter into careers
that provide means to help their nation grow into  worlds of
technology advancement and leadership.

The nation of Costa Rica
The nation of Costa Rica

WordCamp San Jose will continue to grow and create opportunities
for networking,  educational advancement, collaboration in
business, commerce, economics and diversity that allows girls and
women equality and equal standing in the diversity of tech careers.
Aida and I are honored to be invited to speak at WordCamp San Jose,
this honor showed the respect, that digital influencers, thought leaders,
and educators have for each other and the power of global engagement.

Each year WordCamps in Central America will grow and create the means
to inspire unity and collaboration in Central and South America and the
world for Hispanics, Latinas, Latinos across gender and generational lines.

Twitter: @WordCampSanJose #WordCampSanJose #WCSJ
Website for 2018: https://2018.sanjose.wordcamp.org/
Website for 2019: https://2019.sanjose.wordcamp.org/