ANLP ALUMNI WHERE ARE YOU?
The 14th chapter of the ANLP 2016 is on. What strikes me at the first day is the number of participants that have gone through the ANLP since its inception. Over 350 participants have been through the ten day experience. The most transformational that anyone would ever go through, judging by what I have experienced over the last five days.
I look at the participation numbers by country and see that my country Kenya has had thirty nine participants go through the programme. I am shocked by this revelation. Out of the 39, I know of only one participant, whom I got to identify from the photographs on the ANLP website. So where are the rest 38 of the Kenyan Alumni? Why have I never heard about ANLP from them?
Am I living in my own cocoon or is there a missing link? I quickly look at the other country ratings, and do an impromptu survey among the 2016 participants. Sadly and yes only a handful of participants know or have heard of at least five of the previous participants from their countries. So my big question…..where are you the ANLP Alumni?
It is only day five of the programme and I can already feel the transformational impact of the training. The motto “lead from where you are “has now become an integral part of my vocabulary. I am however worried, are we just changing the participants without necessary having the change radiate to others in our specific countries and the African region as a whole? Are we spreading the word out there that the ANLP power house exists? After all, if more of us ‘lead from where we are; wouldn’t we have a greater chance for affecting change? I don’t know about you, but my experience has been that, we are sort of “mean” with information and probably want to be the only ones who experience the good around us. Are we afraid of others outshining us?
As an ANLP alumnus, isn’t my/your duty to spread the word about ANLP to others in the institutions/societies we live in, and encourage the growth of more leaders in the area of nutrition? Isn’t our social responsibility to impart the skills gained at the ANLP to other nutritionists and networking far beyond the alumni network? Blow the trumpet out there and let others get to know of the existence of ANLP; encourage colleagues and acquaintances to apply to experience the magic of ANLP. As Alumni, our presence has to be felt beyond our workplaces. Let us complete our peers rather than compete with them.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together (African proverb)
It is not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
What are your thoughts on these Alumni?
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