In an earlier post i wrote on the importance of institution building; that is, African people building institutions that aim to address the challenges faced by African people. And i also mentioned a few: Per Ankh Publishing Collective, University of Kmt/African International, and Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. To that i would add Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living. And as important it is to build institutions from the ground up (we have few, if any, lasting ones), it is important to be aware of the many challenges groups face and considerations that must be made to do this right. Below are a few things important to institution building that each of these organizations have worked/are working on.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Conference-hopping is a popular activity. And one that wastes tremendous amounts of time, energy and resources. All of the money spent on travel, accomodations, food, etc., over the past 40 years could have gone to developing and sustaining institutions by and for African people.
The arts festival in Dakar (Senegal), for example, drew tens of thousands of visitors to the country in December 2010. Its president paid musicians travel and lodging expenses on planes owned by european companies, hotels owned by foreigners, and meals in various restaurants catering to tourists. Millions spent on entertainment. However the insitutions necessary to sustain the development of the arts over time do not exist.