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This group of great minds included, amongst others:
We got deeper into the why of the goal.
With solid research to backup the why, we first started by reflecting to the participants how poor Lesotho, as a country, is performing in relation to the world.
Some facts we covered:
Lesotho is number 131 out of 137 countries on the World Economic Forum – this means that Lesotho is performing very poorly in relation to other countries on all topics of economy, social development, education, tourism, etc.
In order for a community to mobilise towards a common goal, they need to share a common enemy. Issues of HIV, human trafficking, initiation killings, fear mongering, unconducive parenting and jealous down mentality, government corruption and citizen exploitation are all subjects of discussion when discerning the socio-economic enemies that the Basotho participants at Lesotho Rise yearn to diminish and eradicate.
The inevitability of AI taking over industries is more prominent in first world countries. This means that mass industries are at stake, due to the rise of artificial intelligence (robots doing our work for us). Because of this fact, first world countries are less occupied with operational activities and rather seeking experiences which will contribute to their inner happiness. As operations are taken over by robots, the humans start to lack stimulation, experience, “I can” moments and personal discovery. They become bored and depressed, seeking real experiences that will boost their happiness levels.
Happiness originates from feeling safe, belonging and being recognised. Happiness grows when learning and experiencing new things that builds neural pathways in the brain resulting in perceived competence or “I CAN!” Moments, being resourceful and solution orientated, achieving goals, discovering fresh concepts and meeting new cultures, experiencing gratitude, helping others.
Basotho citizens live subsistence lives, in high altitude, up in the mountains, where the air is clean, close to the nature; the waterfalls and rivers to cross, energises them daily. The culture is spiritual, caring and hospitable, they’ve just got the happiness vibe.
Every passer by agrees, Lesotho will become the forerunner in Africa for synthesizing social tourism with happiness.
We got deeper into the how of the goal.
This process is a bit more complicated, as it involves the actual mobilisation and implementation of the proposed initiatives. The how will be an ongoing multi dimensional process, with the roll-out of several educational transformational initiatives, community skills development programmes, and smart multi-media interactions.
To start off, we are launching
STAGE 1 (The Direction Stage)
This is more of an ‘internal’ orientation process, where community members will be familiarised and develop anticipation of the steps of community transformation and the programs that will be rolled out in their community. Currently the people know very little about how to transform themselves, not even mentioning how to transform their community, both in terms of their own personal optimisation, as well as how to get ready for the development of social tourism as a mean of international interest resulting in economical traction.
STAGE 2 (The Formation Stage)
This will be the actual implementation stage, where respective participants in Lesotho Rise will start to roll-out their change programmes.
During Stage 2, researchers will document the progress and stories that come from the building of the infrastructure, skills gained by individuals and the upliftment of the community as a whole.
Over two intensive days of brainstorming on the 12-13 February 2020 (@ Afriski in Butha Buthe District), networking and inception, six action teams were established, all operating in different sectors in Lesotho. Each group took responsibility for setting up their objectives and driving their agendas to task completion point. These action teams are communicating on Whatsapp groups and will present their progress reports.
We have appointed dedicated fundraisers who dedicate their time to finding respective funders/donors who will invest on a medium term in LESOTHO RISE’s mission and vision.
Lesotho Rise invests funders and sponsors for:
The village of Moteng is the village in Lesotho that will be the forerunner to all the other villages. Moteng will be the first village to be transformed, with the establishment of the first satellite Eagle Hub. The Chief of Moteng has given us permission to access a piece of land for building the Eagle Hub. Here, community members will engage in numerous personal and skills development activities.
Utilising global best practice entrepreneurial transformation methods and systems that changes the landscape:
To ideate, incubate, transform and facilitate the acceleration of sustainable business opportunities for social entrepreneurs and especially vulnerable groups who are all individuals at risk.
Eagle Hubs cater for all sectors of the society, all 6 life cycles. It consists of 8 compulsory pillars, all interlinked and integral to one another, supporting holistic intervention. The EAGLE HUB operates according to the HOOS ( Human Optimisation Operating System)
The Headoffice of EAGLE HUB is situated in the Whistler Camp @ AFRISKI. This is where training of trainers take place, where product development is tested, before it goes out to community EAGLE HUS and where children and youth is sent for a 6 day ‘out of comfort zone” first experiencial learning.
The EAGLE HUB model is a predesigned water tight operating system and does not allow any community power play and does not end up in a “ white elephant lifeless buildings” like with many traditional community centres with founder good intentions.
These programmes are specially designed to target children( grade 6) and youth (from grade 11 to all school dropouts).
Did you know that 50% kids who enter basic education complete tertiary education?
This education programme teaches kids/youth about concepts of occupational intelligence that they will otherwise not learn in the traditional schooling system. It is practical and experiental. It grows their responsiveness levels and transforms them into contributive adaptive tenacious innovative responders.
We will soon share more about the content as well as the success of these programmes. The programmes start end of March – May and resume Sept – March.
We will not only instil in children the vision of being the happiest country in the world but teach them how to secrete happy hormones and shy away from actions and ecosystems where stress hormones are secreted. The end result is to empower the community through personal/skills/educational development, build internal capacity and external infrastructure that is suitable to first-world tourists, and learn to exude happiness in everything we do…