How Do You think

How Do You think

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t!
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind!

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself
Before you’ll ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the person who thinks he can!


Land for Life Youth Social Media Activist Challenge: “Are You the ONE?”

Application Guidance Notes
About the Challenge
The UNCCD recognizes that, to achieve 2030 SDG 15, we will need the young people to be aware of the importance and benefits of conserving and restoring land resources; and thus take actions to support sustainable land management (SLM) and related activities. The Land for Life Youth Social Media Activists Challenge: “Are you the ONE?” campaign aims to further promote awareness of young people about land and environmental issues and engage them in SLM related activities through direct and indirect involvement via social media.

Objectives of the Challenge:
To recognize active, passionate and dedicated young people who are currently active in conserving natural resources and promoting such actions to their peers and local communities via social media. The challenge provides big opportunity for individual and community projects to get access to valuable networks and gain recognition from a worldwide audience. Winners’ initiatives, success stories, experience and /or challenges encountered, ideas or solutions will be communicated through UNCCD’s various communication channels such as social media platforms and website.

 Open to young people who are aged between 16 to 40 years old, and belong to the group of young people who will play a decisive role in shaping the future
 Young people who are passionate, dedicated and actively working to promote environmental justice; sustainable land management; natural resource management; and/or land conservation via different social channels.
 Bloggers, YouTubers, journalists, young leaders, teachers, students, artists, celebrities, or young people who are active in social movements, community organizations, and are currently active promoting environmental issues
 Young people or young activists who have been directly contributing to sustainable land
management or environmental initiative and has inspired others to do the same through social media platforms

Important Information
 Deadline for submission: 31 October 2016 (UTC+1)
 Selected nominees / applicants open for public voting: 14 – 27 November 2016
 Selection of 5 finalists by the UNCCD secretariat: 28 November – 10 December 2016
 Announcement of Top 3 Winners: 15 December 2016

Submission must include:
 Filled application form in English and email to
 Record of stories or work that demonstrate innovative and significant contribution to promote and raise awareness about environmental issues through social media.
 The working content (in blogs/ website/ social media content) could be in one of the UN
languages i.e. French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and English. Please provide
professional translation in English, if the working content is NOT in English.
 Links to social media platform(s) where the stories or work were uploaded
 Record of number of followers of your social media channels and briefly describe how you
target your audience
 Video clips and/or photographs of your stories or work
 Two recommendation letters showing a positive feedback on the work. This is optional.

Judging Assessment
1. Innovation
 Is the initiative unique?
 Does the activist’s work demonstrate an eloquent communication style with an original, unique ‘voice’?
 Does the activist demonstrate creative and fresh thinking in outreaching audience using social media platform?
2. Inspiration
 Shows leadership and inspires other youth to actively engage in conserving natural resources
 Track record of engaging with environmental issues through environmental reporting on social media platforms
 Track record of active participation in environmental volunteering activities
3. Impact
 Is there any significantly increasing awareness on environmental related activities in particular sustainable management of land resources in the local community, and /or country?
 Is there a significant measurable outreach to public especially youths
 Has the work been widely quoted, cited or discussed on other media / publication platforms?
 Does the work have the potential to mobilize real and meaningful improvements in the
environmental situation, e.g. by influencing changes in public policy or business practices?

Selection of Nominees, Public Voting and Scoring Process
 Nominees are determined by the UNCCD Secretariat based on their work in promoting
environmental related issues and work on social media from 1 January 2015 – 31 October 2016.
 Selected nominees will be announced at the beginning of the voting period (14 November 2016)
 Public voting for the selected nominees will open on 14 November 2016 and close on – 27 November 2016 11:59 PM UTC.
 Selected nominees can campaign and encourage friends and followers to vote for them to become finalists.
 Each followers of the selected nominees can vote only once by clicking “Vote” on the provided website. Nominees can share their vote on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Weibo through the UNCCD social media.
 During this period, selected nominees can also encourage friends and followers to like and share UNCCD’s social media posts via their social media. High shares of UNCCD’s post will be
accounted for their social media work.
 Once voting has closed, the numbers of public vote count on the nominees will be taken into account as part of the final decision of the winners’ selection.
 The Secretariat uses several algorithms to automatically disqualify voting activity that appears to be intended to game the system or come from suspicious accounts. Suspicious accounts include ones that use bots, scripts, issue repetitive automatic votes, appear to have been created specifically for the challenge voting, or exhibit other behavior that violates the spirit of the challenge.
 We also reserve the right to disqualify voters or nominees that do any of the following: violate trademarks, infringe copyrights, impersonate others, invade privacy, make threats of violence, promote illegal activities, pornography, or hate speech, spam others, use bots, scripts or other automated means for voting, engage in abusive behavior, promise payment in exchange for votes, or otherwise violate the friendly spirit of the challenge.
 The UNCCD secretariat and its co-organizer Future Forest will decide the top three winners.
Terms and Conditions:
1. “Environmental issues” includes, but is not strictly limited to: water, climate change, biodiversity, energy, land degradation, air quality, ozone depletion, depletion of marine, forest or mineral resources, waste management, green living, environmental policy, green manufacturing, corporate environmental responsibility, green investments, ethical banking, environmental insurance, green consumerism, greening service industries (e.g. F&B, hospitality, tourism), Green IT, environmental marketing, environmental design and innovation, and green jobs and employment.
2. There are no application fees for the Land for Life Youth Social Media Activists Challenge.
3. Applicants can submit their application as long as they meet the relevant criteria.
4. A high standard of working English is a requirement for all applicants and the application form should be filled out in English. If the original article is in another language, a certified English translation is required.
5. The applicant warrants that he/she is the sole owner of all intellectual property rights (including copyright) to the photograph and the intellectual property rights have not been licensed or assigned to any other person.
6. The applicant grants to the UNCCD Secretariat a non-exclusive, royalty-free and transferable right to use (including the right to reproduce, edit or distribute) all photographs and stories submitted to be distributed to partners and clients, and for the UNCCD’s publicity of awareness raising activities. The applicant will be acknowledged accordingly when their photograph or story is used.
7. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All supporting documents, where applicable, must be submitted with the application form.
8. The judges’ decision is final, and no further correspondence on their decision will be entertained.
9. The UNCCD Secretariat reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time, at its sole discretion, without prior notice.




6 Ways to Make Getting Up Early Work for You

6 Ways to Make Getting Up Early Work for You

To accomplish a big goal, such as launching a new business, writing a novel or starting an exercise regime, productivity experts will often suggest getting up early. You can get a lot done in a quiet house with no distractions or interruptions. While this is sound advice, it’s easier said than done.

“You might think getting up earlier is just a matter of discipline, but it actually takes much more than that,” says Julie Morgenstern, time management expert and author of Never Check Email in the Morning (Touchstone; 2005). “The truth is, your entire ecosystem has been built around sleeping later.”

When you try to change your morning routine, several obstacles will stand in your way. It’s possible to overcome them, however; the key is to start the night before. Morgenstern offers six strategies to make getting up early work for you:

1. Change your mindset. Many people fight going to sleep because they want to get more done – they have separation anxiety from the day. But Morgenstern teaches her clients to think differently.

“Consider sleep the beginning of the next day,” she says, adding that this mind shift can change the way you look at sleep and make it exciting. “Sleep becomes an active element; you’re charging up your battery.”

2. Adjust your bedtime. Many of us are already sleep deprived, and stealing another hour of sleep will just set you up for failure. The only way to be successful is to go to bed earlier. Determine how many hours of sleep your body requires and count backwards from there.

“Getting up earlier requires a fundamental shift in your neuro-pathways,” she says. “While the change makes total sense to you the day before, actually doing it the next morning is hard work and requires you to break a lot of patterns.”

3. Adjust other nighttime activities. You’ll also have to adjust the time you eat dinner as well as after-dinner decompression activities, such as reading, says Morgenstern.

“You’re not being realistic if you say you’ll get up early but then don’t build everything else into your day” accordingly, she says. Also, eat dinner no less than two to three hours before bed, which is optimal for being able to fall asleep and sleep well.

4. Prepare for your morning activity. Sometimes what keeps us in bed isn’t fatigue, but the fact the morning task we’ve planned is overwhelming. To make these activities less daunting, prep the night before and organize your equipment. Set out your gym clothes, yoga mat or running shoes, if you’re planning to exercise. If you’re going to be on your computer, tidy your home office, and preprogram your coffee maker.

“Starting something new can feel complicated,” says Morgenstern. “Take the time to prepare and you’ll increase your chances for success.”

5. Turn off electronics. At least 90 minutes before bed pull the plug on electronic activities, such as watching television, checking email or social media or reading on an e-reader.

“Science says it’s a source of energy and over-stimulates us,” she says. “It’s like drinking a Red Bull before bed – there’s no way you’ll fall asleep.”

She suggests replacing it with something relaxing, such as listening to music, drawing, or prepping meals for next day.

6. Create a pre-bedtime routine. Give yourself peace of mind and time to unwind by creating a calming pre-bedtime routine. For example, make a ritual of checking the windows and locks. Dim the lights and stretch. Or take a leisurely walk.

“This routine will help you fall asleep quickly and easily,” she says. “It will also significantly increase your chances of getting up in morning.”



asenti-poster-03The 2nd African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ASENTI) is a platform for global entrepreneurship and innovators. ASENTI will be taking place in November 4-5 at USIU-Africa, Kenya.

Register to attend

The future of Kenya and that of Africa’s youth lies on great entrepreneurial and innovation mindset through the generation. ASENTI is a platform created to provide Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Africa to take stock of the achievements made in the ‘year of entrepreneurship’ and as well provide a platform to interact with stakeholders and other players in the Industry in order to make long lasting network for future business related engagements  and meet potential investors too. The summit will be very interactive with different panelist and breakout sessions.

asenti-poster-01We purpose to bring together between 600-800 delegates and over 40 speakers from across Africa as business mentors. The delegates and the summit speakers will include persons within the following fields, namely:  African startups, SMEs, Industrialization stakeholders, Intellectual property, Entrepreneurs, economist, young professionals, students ( University), UN Observers, NGOs, government agencies, youth empowerment organizations, Innovators among others.

This year’s summit will focus on different pillars; Youth Empowerment, Social Innovation, film,  Green energy, Agribusiness, Finance, Media, Science and Mobile Technology, Intellectual Property(IP) and many other areas.

The panel discussion will holistically focus on the above mentioned subjects. The breakout sessions will be hosted by different partner companies hence it will be a wonderful opportunity for to interact with different companies.

Startup Campus boot camp.

This year ASENTI will be running the Startup campus accelerator program for three days. 30 selected startups will be taken through, Strategic planning, digital marketing and branding, pitching. The ten shall be selected to pitch in presence of potential investors at the summit. The best pitches will get gifts, certificate full year business mentorship and possible business investments.11411822_947280948627951_5902693637122584635_o

We would like invite any interested corporate to partner with the African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2016 , Your company will be of value to the many young entrepreneurs joining us from across Africa for mentorship, training and inspiration. We have great opportunities for you to add value and much more transform Africa. We have different categories of partnership from product activation, exhibition, diamond, silver, Gold and platinum partnership, you could also partner with us in terms offering services, like catering, transport, stationaries etc.

Why you should attend; 13319881_1711091945816694_8422880752635671356_n

  •     Great speakers.
  •     Global Networking opportunity’
  •     Meet investors.
  •     Join ASENTI global network.
  •     Get mentor.
  •     Meet potential partners.
  •     Experts and diverse business opportunities.
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Allow Yourself To Fight

Allow Yourself To Fight
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There are some days you may feel,
As if things just aren’t going right.
No amount of attempts to avoid,
You step into the big mud puddle despite!

On these days to give up would be easy,
You’d like to just walk away.
And sometimes taking a step back,
May be exactly the right way.

But at a point you’ll have to decide,
If you’re going to let them win.
This is the time that you’ll look deep inside,
And see if you have it within.

When you are ready to take the next step,
And show that you are ready to fight.
Avoid what you can and it’s okay if you can’t,
Cause know matter what, you’ll be all right

Second Annual Youth Summit & Expo to be hosted in Vihiga County.

Welcome to the Second Annual Youth Summit & Expo to be hosted in Vihiga County.


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