Private Sector Led Development – Caribbean Diaspora Network Governance Model

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021 and we would love to hear your thoughts on the proposed diaspora private sector led development governance model for Jamaica and the Caribbean at home and in the diaspora.

Jamaican and Caribbean diasporans are committed to playing their role in the development of their home and host countries. However, they have not been effective in leveraging available resources for developing their communities in diasporic markets or in tapping available funding for contributing to the development of their home countries.

The United States of America is one rich example of a diasporic market in which significant funding for community development remains largely untouched by the community. A look at related policy implementation reports will confirm that Caribbean countries have drawn on much of the available resources but diaspora communities have scarcely touched the monies available to them.

The situation represents a complex developmental challenge which requires interventions for diaspora development as much as there is the need for diaspora led development initiatives for home countries. It is one in which the community suffers from scarce resources in the presence of abundant resources, capacity gaps, and community data and intelligence gaps. It is also one in which the failure of diasporans to appraise themselves of government, private sector and third sector priorities and initiatives have led to more discussions than real actions for driving growth and development (in both home and host countries).

So, let us celebrate #GEW2021 like only entrepreneurs know how—working on driving development.

It is true that many diasporans have done well for themselves but even more including our small businesses struggle. Though technology has allowed the community to become more connected there is little that the community can offer its newcomers, more seasoned and foreign-born members looking for jobs or trying to grow their businesses compared to other groups.

As diaspora entrepreneurs we have a significant role to play in helping to eradicate the large pockets of  underdeveloped communities made up of Jamaican and Caribbean diasporans in developed countries. Our communities suffer poverty, crime, health, nutritional, environmental and educational challenges among others faced by our beloved home countries. In fact, we often export and import such challenges between host and home countries. It is therefore urgent that the issue of diaspora development be addressed in tandem with development of home countries. Too many diasporans live in the underdeveloped bubble of poverty in developed countries; and among them are highly educated immigrants and foreign born diasporans.

While the Jamaican and Caribbean diaspora contribute significantly to the economies of their home countries much more can be done. At times the community’s effort to do more is frustrated by lack of engagement by home country government departments. Both diasporans and governments are to be blamed for this challenge. Often diaspora businesses lack track record and local implementing partners to win government contracts and at other times “favouritism”, corruption, competition, and rules of procurement are to be blamed,

Issues related to trust, intellectual dishonesty, and the failure to practice collaboration and cooperation contribute to our struggles to develop at home and abroad.

Given, the challenge of developing both diaspora and home communities Meegan Scott and Magate Wildhorse have proposed the private sector led Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora Network Governance Model for Environment, Climate and Economic Development.

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The core-periphery network governance mode for the community was developed in 2019, re-illustrated in 2020 and first shared with audiences in May 2020 at the Outride: COVID 19 Business Threat Seminar on Governance Model and Livelihood Protection and later at the BIDEM: Caribbean International Diaspora Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Trade Show held virtually in Toronto, 2020.

It proposes the use of a core coordinating organization that comprises diaspora and international partners (in diaspora and home countries), working groups, communities of practice, think tank, social media, academia, faith-based groups, environmental organizations, NGOs, private sector, tourism, youth, women and vulnerable groups and the ethnic media.

It involves market systems development, research, evaluation and sustainable financing.  The thematic areas of focus are in alignment with host and home country sustainable development goals and their obligations under local Agenda 2030, diaspora and home country unique ambitions and global obligations related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The model includes working groups and communities of practice for:

  • Trade and Entrepreneurship
  •  Security
  • Critical Infrastructure
  •  A Centre for Excellence in Education and Training
  •  Urban Planning, Construction and Land Use
  • Youth, Women and Vulnerable Groups
  • Ocean Health and Economy
  • Agriculture, Agricultural Outsourcing and Agri-business
  • Health
  • Energy and Transport
  • Travel, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Financial Industry; and the
  • Orange Economy

The think tank has responsibility for home and diaspora related research and publication, dialogue, capacity building, advocacy and information dissemination, policy guidance and consulting on health, nutrition, climate finance, economies, labour market segments, technology, trade, inclusive and equitable education.  The proposed working groups are detailed in illustration 2 below.

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The proposed structure will allow for more diasporans to deliver development solutions for profit or revenue, grow and strengthen diaspora and home country entrepreneurs and service providers as development partners in host and home country markets. Moreover, the model recognizes that organizations are limited by the scope of their missions and capabilities, that many individuals have shared and differing visions and missions. As such all will know they have a right and a responsibility to contribute to development without negative competition and the feeling that only selected individuals and organizations can lead and deliver development solutions.

In addition, the proposed local and international partnerships will better position diaspora entities to access monies available to them to deliver solutions in partnership with Jamaican and Caribbean based non-profits, private sector, government, development and or academic partners.

This Global Entrepreneurship Week we invite you to read this piece, review the illustrations and contact us with your comments and contributions. We feel confident that a private sector led model which creates decent jobs, take care of our people and planet at home and in the diaspora is the way to go. Do you?

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Readings With Meegan – En Route to Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair

Join Meegan Scott on Saturday, February 20, 2021 for select readings from books that are must-reads for entrepreneurs and business leaders. Then join in the conversation for mining wisdom from the books, their authors and your journey as an entrepreneur or business leader.

Whet your appetitie en route to the 1st Annual International Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair?

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM

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Readings with Meegan is a free event.

About the Fair

About Meegan Scott

Meegan Scott is strategic management consultant and founder of Magate Wildhorse Consulting, Toronto and New York as well as BIDEM Conference and Trade Show. She is also the author of the syndicated column the Marathoner.

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Be Our Guest at the Upcoming Book Fair

You are invited to join us for the Annual International Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair.

‘Tis a time to read and get ready to write for entrepreneurs!

‘Tis a time for showcasing your books and listening to book readings.

‘Tis a time to meet authors and business leaders, to network and benefit from the coming together of authors, academia and entrepreneurs.

We might even share what prompted us to create a book fair for entrepreneurs.

Guessing a local, global or regional event or observation triggered this event?

Then you are absolutely wrong.

Find out what we learnt on the frontlines and in our own practice that moved us to create this particular event.

Join us this February 2021, Thursday to Saturday for the First Annual International Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair.

Join us from whereever your ar in the world.

Come for exhibits, how-to sessions, readings, networkings and the chance to win one of five coveted awards.

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Exhibit at our Book Fair

Roll Call

If you author books for entrepreneurs and business leaders; is a graphic designer, book cover illustrator, writer coach, author entrepreneur, publisher, gamer, other industry player you cannot afford to miss the book fair designed to satisfied the needs of entrepreneurs and supporting authors.

Join us for the 1st Annual International Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair, February 25-27, 2021.


The Fair will open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day!

Surprise session include a authorship for entrepreneurs session, the question is — who will deliver this session? Ah ha

Watch this space to find out who soon!

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Read, sell and network with authors and industry players.

Start the year right! Read, write and sell great books.

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“A time to read and write for entrepreneurs!”

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On Purpose ―The Annual International Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair

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The Annual International Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair

A time to read and get ready to write for entrepreneurs.  And a time to strike deals, showcase, sell books and author solutions for publishers and industry experts.

It is the time for entrepreneurs to boost their entrepreneurial capacity and strategic leadership by seizing the opportunity to catch up on ” original and current strategic management thought, philosophy and practice in addition to other areas of special interest to them.

A time for the author entrepreneur or the entrepreneur author (whichever best fits) to showcase his or her work, share their experiences and messages. 

But it is also a time for them to set up shop and sell books and seeds for helping entrepreneurs to think, get inspired, create, cope, network, thrive and grow.

University publishers and faculty members who author and publish books and journal articles will find the Annual International Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair to be that cozy corner where industry and academic thought are shared, exchanged and presented to B2B audiences, student researchers, consumers and readers of Do-It-Yourself content in a language they understand, and which keeps them up to date with current trends.

A time for academia to better understand the skills and competence needs of industry and economies and a time for entrepreneurs to discover ways in which they can solve problems for a profit.

There’s no escaping tech! COVID-19 unleashed some new rules, and we want to ensure you can rise to the occasion. Come and gain insights for your post Sars-Cov-2 pivots and economic recovery plans.

Artists, gaming industry professionals and experts in artificial intelligence are welcome to share your latest offer with our audiences.

Editors and book coaches are invited to join us.

Put your foot forward in the season to win one of 5 coveted awards or to be recognized for your contribution to strategic management, entrepreneurship or related fields.

Submit your exhibitor, sponsor or attendee interest by clicking the following words: Expression of Interest ―Book Fair

By submitting your inquiry, you grant us permission to contact you regarding the Fair and related promotions.

Authors and entrepreneurs from Black, Caribbean and Indigenous communities are encouraged to seize this opportunity.

This event comes to you virtually worldwide.

A Magate Wildhorse production!

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Recruiting – Members for Entrepreneurial Experience Patron Panel

If the ad above caught your interest and matches your experience click on the words contact us to share your inteest and motivation. Remember to include your bio, LinkedIn profile and CV.

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Five Awards up for Grabs at Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair

On January 4, 2021 Magate Wildhorse opened calls for submissions to its 1st Annual International Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair.

For three days entrepreneurs, authors, academics, publishers and other experts in the book and publishing industry  will gather to experience the wealth contained in print and audio books that are must-reads for entrepreneurs and business leaders.

It is no secret that entrepreneurs work more hours than most and have little time to read. Yet, the very nature of entrepreneurship  makes reading essential for the growth and survival of entrepreneurs and businesses alike.

Needless to say, that the heightened level of volatility brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID 19) have forced entrepreneurs to rethink business models, revamp their offer, embark on 360° journeys for understanding the new needs, wants and expectations of their customers, and industry trends for today and more so in the future.

Everyone is hanging on to whatever they have in cash and assets given the economic impact of the crisis.  As a result, buyers will only take a chance on buying from businesses and experts who can demonstrate high levels of credibility and expertise. Consequently, entrepreneurs must deliver their second role of authorship in order to boost their credibility.  While this holds true for all groups Black and Caribbean entrepreneurs (who are often less published) should strive to increase publishing output especially in their areas of expertise. Since 2018 we have been encouraging authorship among entrepreneurs and consultants in particular to the aforementioned groups. The time for action is now!

Safe is the gamble that no one will disagree that COVID-19 has upended some of the best strategies and made obsolete some the most envied business models.  Even coffee shop giant Starbucks― a classic business school textbook case― is reeling from the impact.  At the same time new models have emerged and the value of businesses in the video communications and medical device sectors in particular continue to rise rapidly.

For entrepreneurs in the consulting space artificial intelligence, new demands for customer rewards and loyalty programs that are powered by blockchain and cryptocurrency have added  additional challenge of financing and upskilling themselves in order to stay ahead in business. Even if they choose to take ‘exit route 9 to 5’ it is essential for business leaders to ensure they are skilled for future work. And future work is today’s work plus tomorrow’s in the current environment.

Reading and reading printed books, investing in do it yourself (D-I-Y) is a matter of survival for entrepreneurs. Today’s entrepreneur who is not laden with cash, ― will have to grow deeper specialist and new generalists competences. That is why we thought it important to produce a book fair and reading time for entrepreneurs. The Fair will focus on ” boosting entrepreneurial capacity and strategic leadership” by giving attendees an opportunity to catch up on ” original and current thought, philosophy and practice ” in areas of special interest to them. That kind of foundation is a lifeline and stress eater for entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurs’ Book Fair and Readings will take entrepreneurs on a guided tour of the ‘ environmental discontinuities’ that shaped the original theories put forward by the fathers of business and strategic thought such as Igor Ansoff and Henry Mintzberg.

It will present a comparative review of the adjustments or new thinking that have emerged as a result of change and crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Very important, it is a time for reading and getting ready to deliver your entrepreneur’s role of authorship.

Plus, it comes with immediate reward in the form of five coveted awards open to all categories of participants.

One author, two publishers, one entrepreneur author, a writers’ and an entrepreneur reader will walk away with one of five awards each. The coveted awards waiting to meet their deserving winners are:

  • The Entrepreneurs’ Author Award
  • The Entrepreneur’s Book Publisher Award
  • The Audio Book Publisher Award
  • The Magate Wildhorse Author Entrepreneur Award
  • The Magate Wildhorse Entrepreneur Reader Award

Presentations will be made by no fewer than 24 highly rated and emerging authors and speakers.

Publishers will benefit from the opportunity to showcase current and forthcoming books as well as to meet new authors, partners and readers. Authors will find a captive audience and new customers for their books.

Sponsors are presented with a one of kind opportunity to put their brands in front of an audience whose demand for their solution will be stirred and high.

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“Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up.” ~  Charlie T. Munger

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Charles T. Munger on Reading

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads–and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”
― Charles T. Munger

From: Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

Get Featured – Exit 9 to 5 for Entrepreneurs Who Called it a Day

If you are a Black or Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneur who took the exit to 9 to 5 route for what you believe to be a better or worse outcome we would love to hear your story.

Entrepreneurship is not always the answer for every stage in your career journey or circumstances. Sometimes the best option is to pursue 9 to 5 or both business and 9 to 5.

Success, survival, good sense, timing, failure, been there done that.

Share your story of the entrepreneurial journey or business success before the downturn. Perhaps you took the 9 to 5 not because there was a downturn, but your business led you to a 9 to 5 that was foolish to refuse.

Tell it all and be featured in our forthcoming publication or get featured as an anonymous character.

If you don’t mind sharing live with a broad audience then let us know.

See flyer for how to participate.

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