Ironically, while thoroughly entertaining myself elbow-deep in Guyanese pepper-pot, I received a work request over the weekend to address the issue of Caribbean identity. I also became aware of a heated on-going debate on our blog as to how we should define and boundary the concept of “the Caribbean” – past colonial affiliations; imaginary lines in the deep blue sea; economic … [Read more...] about What do you mean by “Caribbean” anyway?
Maybe you already knew, maybe you didn't. The Caribbean Community has been exporting creative and intellectual talent to and growing talent within the U.S. for many decades. Let’s take a closer look at 40 famous Capitol Hill change-makers, Hollywood royalty, and some others in-between, whom you may not have known were of Caribbean descent. We left out the athletes … [Read more...] about 40 Famous Pop Culture Personalities of Caribbean Descent: It May Surprise You…
While the Swedish are testing the efficacy of a 30-hour work week, many of us are have been extending the regular 40 by stashing work hours at home, hiding them from our time and labor sheets, and pretending it’s the fault of our work-machine boss. But let’s face it… the education system worked a bit too well… you love what you do for a living… and now you’re stretching the … [Read more...] about 15 Confessions of Workaholics….Is this you?
Most will disagree, but without a doubt my favorite poem is "Love After Love" by Nobel prize winning St. Lucian author, playwright and poet, Derek Walcott. For me, it has always broached themes of individual identity, reconciliation, acceptance and of course, love of self. For reasons I cannot explain, this weekend I read it once more with an entirely separate lens - … [Read more...] about Love After Love – History & The Post-Colonial Caribbean
I keep getting variations of these same questions and comments about working in economic development in the Caribbean: “You work on the Caribbean? Haha…. Tough job...Take me on your next mission (work trip) and we’ll grab a 3pm piña colada on the beach” “Caribbean countries are so small and they’re already middle income countries… you should try real development work like in … [Read more...] about Top Five Reasons to Love Development Work in the Caribbean