My Political, Economic and Religious Self-Education

"The general population doesn't know what's happening. And it doesn't even know that it doesn't know." -Noam Chomsky Unknown Unknowns My politicization began roughly a decade ago and has steadily developed since then. When I moved from rural Alberta to Edmonton, I knew little to nothing about the world and how it operated. I didn't have a political … Continue reading My Political, Economic and Religious Self-Education

Rethinking ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’

Growing up as children, we were all told to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." Collecting glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastic containers was easy to do and felt good. And since it was in line with this simple three-word chant, it seemed like we were doing the right thing. Unfortunately, this chant has not curbed the growing consumerism … Continue reading Rethinking ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’

Selling Off the UK Government to the Lowest Bidder

Government outsourcing--contracting private companies to provide public services--can produce amazing results. The process links government revenue with business tools. When a government's own in-house capacity is limited, contracting private companies can be an essential solution, whether it's providing stationary or building bridges. Outsourcing can also be a stressful exercise, as John Glenn, American astronaut and the … Continue reading Selling Off the UK Government to the Lowest Bidder

Unfair Trade and Unconscious Consumerism

I was first introduced to the idea of fair trade while volunteering with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). Promoting fair trade products - coffee, teas, chocolate, bananas, and other commodities from the Global South - was a central platform for many EWB chapters across Canada. I even ended up helping with the weekly Fair Trade Friday … Continue reading Unfair Trade and Unconscious Consumerism

Fish and Chips: How a Small Business Can Have Big Impact in Rural Uganda

Other Stories from Kabasheshe: Hills of Green | Ghost Water Taps | Money Loans and Satellite Dishes At the end of a fun weekend, I was driving from Queen Elizabeth National Park back to Kabale. Along with a group of American and Canadian medical and public health students, I was returning from three days filled with safari … Continue reading Fish and Chips: How a Small Business Can Have Big Impact in Rural Uganda