Kenya has been bestowed by riches of mother nature, personally I have never been to Africa, but the fascination of travelling, living and working there remains strong, since my medical school days, hoping to contribute towards HIV epidemic so rampant there by getting a job with WHO (atleast thats how I use to think)!
Reason for starting with peronal story above, to avoid future disclaimers and questions, where are you from? For full disclosure, born in Mumbai and resident of Chandler, Arizona for almost a decade!
My journey with Kenya SEEDs endeavor started out of serendipity, when two fellow seeds peer asked me for seeds and shared with more details in Kenya SEEDs Circle proposal.
We were all very deligthed to witness our proposal going through at the beginning of the month (personally, this was my first successfull attempt after four failed attempts) and having received our first installment of 75,000 seeds.
Which brought forward new set of challenges, as the network had grown to almost 100 by then, thus requiring more seeds liquidity to continue onboarding people, which involves sharing about SEEDs and passing enough seeds to help the incoming person become resident on the spot and on their way to citizenship!
So our first distribution went towards Onboarding distributed to three people even without having a formal circle formation, contrary to expectation as suggested in MBC Circle Guidelines. The reason being the needs of an expanding network on the ground with enormous enthusiasm, needs tempering but at the same time needs nurturing carefully, and slowing down can help, but can be a bottleneck in unleashing the bottled up energy of individuals, regions, areas of the world, who have not been engaged in a meaningful way, like we are doing.
Since the distribution early this month, Kenya SEEDs network stands at 220+ and growing, being monitored by manually creating this sheet, devoting several selfless hours, to learn from the patterns to ensure how to nurture this growth with integrity, accountability and transparency.
Currently we only have one person in Ambassador Academy, while other two or three may join the next cycle, as we have solved data bundle issue this month as well as issue of good quality operating device for three members leading this growth.
In order to keep pace with the growth we are witnessing on ground, we must focus on local capacity building with same fervor, for which the current Ambassador Academy format, doesnt serve those needs effectively!?
Thus the need to create a hybrid model with Localized content focused on Action, while Globalized component shall focus on Personal Development, building relationships with Global Peers and Group Learning, with ultimate objective to push seeds liquidity through trained local ambassadors.
Thus hereby I am inviting other explorers, to help us out in this experiment of building capacity on the ground, by providing your valuable feedback on this huge ask of million+ seeds, which would be invested in nurturing and cultivating Human Capital, with a vision to form a Kenya SEEDs DHO, to address the most pressing issues of economic model currently being following by SEEDs, which doesnt allow everyday Kenyan to buy 100s or 1000s of seeds with their hard earned Kenyan Shillings and thus not truly making them feel part of the movement as a contributor!