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Swift Momentum Charity Day Photos

Swift Momentum & The Playstation teamed up to give back to the Cape Town community.

The Sponsors

Swift Momentum

Swift Momentum sponsored the party packets, face painting and transport for the children to the venue.

The Playstation

The Playstation sponsored the venue, 1 session inside the park and an awesome time.

https://www.theplaystation.co.za/

The Run4Schools Foundation

The Run4Schools Foundation started more than a decade ago in township Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Founder is Leslie Pangemanan from The Netherlands, an experienced Two Oceans Ultrarunner (14x). The Run4Schools program runs at – what’s in a name – three primary schools: Alpine, Northwood and Tafelsig and soon to be one high school. Activities like sports, dance and singing during and at the end of the school day, keep children sheltered from gangsterism and crime infesting the local communities. Over 5000 learners are participating in the Run4Schools programmers. Through their programmer, the children have developed more self-esteem, motivating them to finish school and simply have more fun and joy in their lives. Thanks to their dedicated coaches, volunteers, events, partnerships and runners like you.

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Teach kids creativity. Ultimately, machines will be better at coding

If you want to bring up a kid to be a successful investor or entrepreneur, the current education system says they should be studying STEM subjects, cramming facts and figures, and immersing themselves in coding class. I’ve spent my working life as an entrepreneur and investor – I’ve founded startups, and now invest across Europe for GV (the venture capital investment arm of Google) – but as a father, when I look at the way we’re educating our kids, I think there’s something missing.

Machines are already superintelligent on many axes, including memory and processing speed. Unfortunately, those are the attributes our education system currently rewards, with an emphasis on learning by rote.

It doesn’t make sense to me. Part of my job as an investor is to attempt to predict the future – I need to make bets on the way we’ll be behaving in the next two, five, ten and 20 years. Computers already store facts faster and better than we do, but struggle to perfect things we learn as toddlers, such as dexterity and walking.

We need to rethink the way we teach our children and the things we teach them. Creativity will be increasingly be the defining human talent. Our education system should emphasise the use of human imagination to spark original ideas and create new meaning. It’s the one thing machines won’t be able to do.

We should aim to teach our kids about the power of creativity in every area. Science and maths, which are often considered uncreative, have shaped human history with huge creative leaps. It was creativity that allowed Newton to discover gravity while observing a falling apple as he was thinking about the forces of nature.

Any job that involves repetition, and no creativity, is at risk of disruption – from performing calculations to reviewing forms to sorting machine parts, and eventually driving. Such roles are the easiest for machines to do far more efficiently than us. We should prepare kids for roles that are tougher to automate – roles like artists, caregivers, entrepreneurs or theoretical physicists at the edge of science.

Often these valuable leaps of creativity require base knowledge. Newton would certainly not have been equipped to ‘discover’ gravity without a phenomenal foundation in physics and maths. And as technology accelerates, we will need to learn continuously in order to keep this foundational knowledge.

For this reason, we should no longer expect kids to have only one intense period of education to prepare them for the rest of their lives. They will, and we all, need to learn continuously throughout life. It’s more valuable to help children learn to love learning itself, to celebrate the journey rather than a single destination, than it is to force rote memorisation of information to be regurgitated in an exam and then forgotten.

It’s not even clear that it’s worth teaching kids how to code. Deep machine learning will likely automate the writing of code relatively quickly. While it’s useful to know what comprises languages or algorithms, I suspect most of the latter will be written by machine against a specific human (or eventually machine) query. Creativity is going to be far more important in a future where software can code better than we can.

Similarly, we should continue to value learning other human languages, but as neural nets improve, I expect earbuds will offer real-time translation that’s close to perfect within a decade or so. The real value of learning a second language will be more about understanding how people around the world think — a crucial responsibility for sharing the planet. Instead of glamorising memorisation and rote testing, we must place a greater emphasis on speed of learning, understanding context, being adaptable, and especially on how to frame the right question, whether as a search query, as a citizen in a democracy, or as a complex algorithm.

Machines only ever act on human instructions. Framing questions is therefore our opportunity to succeed or fail: ask a bad question, and you will get a bad answer. Ask a biased question, you will get a biased answer. Critical thinking and media literacy skills that help us to assess information sources should be embedded in school curricula.

We’ve seen the rise of filter bubbles and their effects, such as people socialising less with people unlike themselves. We are creating an empathy gap. The psychologist Carl Rogers said there are as many different perceptions as there are people in the world. And so the most important skill we can instill in our kids is empathy — a sense of shared humanity, and the ability to understand the needs and motivations of others. In an era when confirmation bias pulls us into homogeneous bubbles, it may be the toughest quality to nurture.

Empathy is critical to mitigating the negative impacts of all the technologies we currently rely on. It’s increasingly critical for our kids, who will need empathy to create products and services that are useful and desirable for a world of customers unlike themselves.

The good news is that digital tools can help immensely to free us from rote thinking. But we should not rely on them to dominate how we learn and live. Recently, it’s been reported that some expert technologists limit the time their kids use of digital devices. And it’s not only kids: the designer of the Facebook ‘like’ button revealed that at his request, his assistant installed a parental control on his phone — to stop him from downloading more apps.

I understand this desire to balance out our reliance on too much technology. Let’s take advantage of the remarkable capabilities in technologies we’ve developed — and at the same time, help ourselves and our kids strengthen and enhance our uniquely human qualities.

 Tom Hulme is a general partner at GV, the venture capital arm of Google parent firm Alphabet

Updated 11.04.18, 13:10: The headline of this story has been altered

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/children-coding-education-change-machine-learning-ai-creativity?

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Alnoor Orphanage Fun Day at Jump Around (Video)

Spiritgirl (spiritgirl.co.za) partnered with Swift Momentum recruitment firm (swiftmomentum.com) to take the kids of the Alnoor orphanage to Jump Around Trampoline Park (jumparound.co.za) on Mandela day for a bit of fun with their friends. More details here.

Here is the video of the fun day the kids had with us at Jump Around Trampoline Park:

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Alnoor Orphanage Fundraiser

Spiritgirl (spiritgirl.co.za) partnered with Swift Momentum recruitment firm (swiftmomentum.com) to take the kids of the orphanage to Jump Around Trampoline Park (jumparound.co.za) on Mandela day for a bit of fun with their friends.

Both companies hosted a charity drive on their social media platforms [Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn]. The orphanage desperately need blankets, clothes, uniforms and funds for the children as they’re not funded by the government.
The collection started on Mandela Day on the 18th July and will end on the 18th August. At the end of the charity drive, Swift Momentum & Spiritgirl will drop off all the goods collected and give the kids a yoga class and a wellness workshop at the orphanage centre.

The main aim of ALNOOR ORPHANAGE is to protect vulnerable orphans; HIV/AIDS infected and affected and abused children by providing them with accommodation, education, medical, cultural and basic human needs. There are 47 children between the ages of 6-17 at the orphanage that need any assistance they can get.

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#MANDELADAY: A huge HIGH 5 to Lemeez and Leigh who went out of their way to organize a partner for Swift Momentum to make a difference out there on Mandela Day. Jump Around Trampoline Park has come onboard and are sponsoring 47 children from Alnoor orphanage to an afternoon of fun – jump socks included! The beautiful folk from Swift Momentum are throwing in the party packs and more! Our challenge: What are YOU doing on Mandela Day to pay or play? it forward and spread some random kindness?

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JustBeing.life & SwiftMomentum’s EQ journey within the work space

I’ve done numerous HR / culture / leadership/ industrial psyche courses and none resonated with myself and the team quite like the Justbeing.life course.

I may have some bias as the Just Being presenters and I have become close friends after this experience… but I’m pretty sure they’ll become your close friends too if you choose to go on the EQ Journey with them.

James, the pioneer of the course, has a very cool bio which actually ties into what he does and what I experienced: “we take borrowed truths to become knowledgeable but to be knowledgeable is not to know”. Why do I mention this? The reason I mention this is that there is no step-by-step process to building the perfect team. Someone else’s truth or what they experienced most likely won’t work for you.

Every single team is different and has different components and variables. You know your team best which is your truth or your experience and you know where it needs improvement and where it’s strong points are. Ultimately what James does is simply show you a way to communicate within a team or just human to human. You will then have clearer conversations with your team and in the end you will have real data, real insights and real thoughts from everyone involved which will put you in the best position to make the right decisions for yourself and for your team.

The strange thing is James or the Just Being course doesn’t tell you what to do to build a better team nor does he give you any guidelines or direction. He simply guides you with how to engage with people and how to communicate clearly. This is ultimately the backbone of any strong team. Once you are all communicating clearly it’s up to you what you do from there.

Conflict Resolution – When we can discern people’s emotions and empathize with their perspective it’s much easier to resolve conflicts and possibly avoid them before they start. We are also better at negotiation due to the very nature of our ability to understand the needs and desires of others. It’s easier to give people what they want if we can perceive what it is.

Success – Higher emotional intelligence helps us to be stronger internal motivators which can reduce procrastination, increase self-confidence and improve our ability to focus on a goal. It also allows us to create strong networks of support, overcome setbacks and persevere with a more resilient outlook. Our ability to delay gratification and see the long-term directly affects our ability to succeed.

Leadership – The ability to understand what motivates others, relate in a positive manner and to build stronger bonds with others in the workplace inevitably makes those with higher emotional intelligence better leaders. An effective leader can recognize what the needs of his people are so that those needs can be met in a way that encourages higher performance and satisfaction at work. An emotionally savvy and intelligent leader is also able to build stronger teams by strategically utilizing the emotional diversity of their team members to benefit the team as a whole.

Emotions play a very critical role in the overall quality of our personal and professional lives, more critical than even our actual measure of brain intelligence. While tools and technology can help us to learn and master information, nothing can replace our ability to learn, manage and master our emotions and the emotions of those around us.

Thought I’d put a couple interesting facts down about EQ:
Emotions’ are the biggest motivator of human actions.
They make you survive, make love (reproduce), create social bonds and be moral.
If you want to strong team, then motivations are pretty critical.

EQ > IQ. 85% of your financial success is due to your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate and lead. Shockingly, only 15% is due to your IQ. FACT guys and girls!

Self-awareness is the key. The earlier you recognize an emotion the more choice you have in dealing with it. You gain more self-awareness through meditation.

70% of male leaders in top 15% in decision-making skills score highest in EQ!

I don’t want to give too much away but basically, if you’ve got a team I highly recommend doing it.

 

ADHD kicking in now… Oh look there’s a squirrel!

CIAO – David

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WIN a ticket to the Cipla Cancer Buddies Walk or Cycle for HOPE

On Saturday 5th October 2013, Cipla are hosting an outdoor event to raise awareness and pledge hope for cancer survivors. Our team at Swift Momentum are getting involved by giving away tickets to the first five applicants to enter. Read more

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Supporting and Helping the Homestead in July

In the month of July we are collecting any old clothes from clients, candidates, friends, family and anyone that’s keen to help and get involved. We provide the organisation with donations, clothing, food, and volunteer at The Homestead on a quarterly basis. Read more

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The Legendary Madiba

I read a powerful and interesting article by Steve Tappin who is the BBC CEO Guru & Founder. I thought with whats going on here now in South Africa everyone would enjoy this article. I look forward to your comments?

If the man can forgive and let go, can’t we all? Read more

Sports and Activities

We are an active bunch, and love to participate in charity runs and corporate football leagues. Our greatest sporting achievement thus far is winning the Gianluca Vialli Soccer tournament.

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Herzlia Foundation & ORT

I would like to thank David and the team from Swift Momentum for their valued support. Swift Momentum is a valued contributor to the Herzlia Foundation and ORT. Their financial support has allowed these two charities to continue with their community work and extend a helping hand to those in need.

– Robert Broll (Herzlia Foundation Champion)

Herzlia School’s mission is to provide an educational home for Jewish children, irrespective of their special learning needs, religious affiliation or financial status. The Foundation, created in 1973 by some visionary leaders in the Jewish community, has grown significantly over the years but is still not sufficiently capitalized to cover the costs of all subsidized pupils.