A little intro

Here’s a little intro to a few explorations I hope to record. I don’t think I can commit to podcasting because it would take a lot of time that I don’t have, but sometimes, it’s nice to tell a story instead of writing it. Plus, I got a really cool microphone for my birthday so….

African Science Renaissance at UWC

On 30 June each year, the African Union celebrates the day of Africa’s Science Renaissance, and it is worth celebrating. African science is among the oldest known to man. The university at Timbuktu, founded around 1 800 years ago, served as an intellectual hub of knowledge for the continent until the late 16th century. There are older records … Read more

Foundations of thinking

I am a scientist. Specifically, I am a physicist, even more specifically a cosmologist. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have studied science, because I go through life understanding most of what is around me and I wouldn’t want to understand less. When I don’t understand something, I immediately feel the need to learn. And … Read more

A day in the life of a curious mind.

I usually wake up in the morning and I switch on the kettle to make myself a cup of tea. That’s when I start pondering the world around me. Before I get out of being sleepy, sometimes still feeling in an interrupted dream. As I watch the kettle fill up and admire the turbulence in … Read more

Always learning.

I am very excited to be part of a resilience and systems thinking programme intended to give participants experience and tools of systems and complexity thinking to address the very complex multidimensional socio-ecological problems we grapple with in our work. This blog post is just a reflection. In the first session, we were given two … Read more

A cancer patient in lockdown

I am vulnerable. I am on chemotherapy. I am hiding from covid-19. The few strands of hair on my pale scalp shiver at the slightest draft. So do I. A small breath of wind from the world outside and a special kind of cold runs down my spine. A threat that I cannot see lurks. … Read more

The tweet that revealed African kindness to the world

“O jewa ke eng?” Africa is known for its challenges- so how come we’re (mostly) keeping it together? Empathy and kindness. “O jewa ke eng?” Was a simple tweet posted in January 2019 by an 18-year old student. The phrase, in Sotho, means “What’s eating you up?”, or “What’s bothering you? “ the response was overwhelming. … Read more