Pondering Panda Youth Report 2014 – South Africa

Pondering Panda have released a youth report surveying young people in South Africa, on various dimensions. Of particular interest to me are the views on education, employment and entrepreneurship. Police confidence is also another eye-opening dimension.


“Between June 2013 and January 2014 – 199589 interviews were carried out on mobile phones among younger South Africans between the ages of 13 and 34 (except for the ‘Marriage and Children’ study, for which 15 to 34 year olds were interviewed), using one of Pondering Panda’s respondent bases, the social network Mxit.”

72% of younger South Africans feel that unemployment is a big problem. 53% have been looking for jobs for more than 6 months. 33% feel there are not enough jobs. Of those who are employed 30% feel depressed, sad or bored. 18% of young people feel they do not have the right education, with 12% feeling they do not have the right experience.

Young people feel the biggest problems in education are the following:

1. Don’t have proper facilities

2. Alcohol and drugs

3. Overcrowded classrooms

4. Bullying and peer pressure.

Regarding entrepreneurship, 76% of young people felt, they would rather work for themselves. 66% felt that the government was not doing enough to help entrepreneurs.

With respect to police confidence, 73% felt the South African police force was mostly dishonest and corrupt. Only 45% of young people felt mostly safe at school, classes or work. Only 50% of young people sometimes but not always, felt safe where they live.

You can contact Pondering Panda for a copy of this report.




Stress Reduction – Learn How

Learn how to identify and reduce stress with these simple techniques, here at Udemy: .https://www.udemy.com/stress-reduction
Image Wallpaper from the conscious life: http://theconsciouslife.com/zen-wallpapers-for-desktop.htm – originated at Deviantart: http://faridee.deviantart.com/art/Stream-150828549

  • Identifying stress and its effect on physical and emotional health
  • Implement ways to cope with stress
  • Use mindfulness meditation techniques
  • Foster positive personal relationships
  • Explore ways to create emotional health and well-being.zen-wallpaper-28

Stress Reduction Workshop












Please visit my Introduction to Stress Reduction Workshop on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS5LiD5Gj40

To be launched at the end of September or early October, 2013. Watch this space.

Image from: www.freedigitalphotos.net

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

My Purple Cow is a Red Rabbit




Teachers Easy Guide to Social Learning


See on Scoop.itskills services

“For learning to be successful it has to have a social ingredient in it. This social ingredient requires observation, attention and interaction. Students tend to learn better when they use their observational skills attentively. Thankfully, the new emerging technology provides these requirements and the onus is on the teacher to show students how to use and leverage such technology in their learning.”

See on www.educatorstechnology.com


Sleepy Brains Think More Freely

Article from Scientific American by Tori Rodriguez. Very interesting that creative insight grows during ones less than best times of the day. Shared by Miguel Escotet.




“… Your least productive time of day may be the perfect opportunity for a moment of insight, according to a study from a recent issue of Thinking & Reasoning.

“Mareike Wieth, an assistant professor of psychological science at Albion College, and her colleagues divided study participants into morning types and evening types based on their answers on the Morningness Eveningness Question­naire  […] but subjects’ performance on tasks requiring creative insight was consistently better during their nonoptimal times of day.”




To read more follow this link: http://miguelescotet.visibli.com/share/yeY28k

What I’ve Learned About Learning

From Zen Habits – Breathe – http://zenhabits.net/learn/ To read more follow the link.

‘We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.’ ~Lloyd Alexander.

Post written by Leo Babauta.

“I am a teacher and an avid learner, and I’m passionate about both.

I’m a teacher because I help Eva homeschool our kids — OK, she does most of the work, but I do help, mostly with math but with everything else too. I also teach habits, writing/blogging, simplicity and other fun topics in online courses.

I’m a lifelong learner and am always obsessively studying something, whether that’s breadmaking or language or wine or chess or writing or fitness.

Here’s are two key lessons — both really the same lesson — I’ve learned about learning, in all my years of study and in trying to teach people:

  1. Almost everything I’ve learned, I didn’t learn in school; and
  2. Almost everything my students (and kids) have learned, they learned on their own.

Those two lessons (or one lesson) have a number of reasons and implications for learning. Let’s take a look at some of them, in hopes you might find them useful.”


Related Articles

12 Dozen places to educate yourself online for free

Lists from Marc and Angel Hack Life – thanks to them for extensive lists – follow the link to see the lists:

“All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.

Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.  Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of.  Formal education or not, you’ll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education.

If you’re interested in learning something new, this article is for you.  Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have bookmarked online over the past few years.”

Image below and content from this link: http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/11/15/12-dozen-places-to-self-educate-yourself-online/

31 Great Ways Universities are Using Google +

Shared from OnlineUniversities.com: “Social media resources like Google Plus offer a great opportunity for growth in education through collaborative work, communication, and camaraderie. Many of today’s universitieshave recognized this incredible potential, and have put G+ to work on campus. We’ve discovered more than 30 great ways universities are currently using Google Plus, along with several ideas for the future. Read on to learn about the amazing possibilities that Google Plus offers for universities.”

Reference: http://networkedblogs.com/wNNzx (Accessed 24/04/2012).


Formative Thinkers I Have Stumbled Across

Some of my theoretical influences


I have by turns come to know of powerful ideas and theories around organisational functioning, learning and workplace learning. Nonaka has inspired me with his model organised around tacit and explicit knowledge, which does not to my mind quite give the full picture. Somehow I feel the making of the tacit explicit is not as easy as Nonaka makes it seem. The key seems to be collaboration in communities of practice in a trusting environment.

Peter Drucker has been an inspiration and gives one a view of how to go forward. Soft systems thinking methodologies have shown me how to engage in an open discussion/cafe forum, in order to bring about change. These methodologies offer great potential for real change and innovation. Theories and ideas around Knowledge Management have given me insight into how to bring about system wide change and the importance of knowledge leveraging for growth into the future. Below these ideas will be expanded a little as straight forwardly as possible. Peter Senge and his ideas of the Learning Organisation have also been influential. Please see more at the link below: