On September 22nd, 2022, Nelson Mandela University and The International Social Impact Institute held an inspiring workshop titled “You Matter And So Does Your Story; How To Attract The Right Opportunities To Live Your Best Life,” in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela University Student Employability and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) project. This initiative aims to help students develop entrepreneurial thinking, improve their employability, and collaborate with like-minded individuals, while engaging with experienced peers through a customized mentorship program.
The workshop, presented by Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi, Founder and CEO of The International Social Impact Institute and facilitated by Jonathan Najoe, Community Engagement Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, discussed the importance of defining one’s purpose and values to develop a compelling story that can create real impact. Nelson Mandela’s story and legacy continue to inspire not only South Africa but humanity at large. His bravery, resourcefulness, and perseverance against oppression had a tremendously positive impact on his country and the world.
The workshop offered tools and knowledge to empower Nelson Mandela University students to create the kind of impact that can change the world. Although primarily designed for students, the material presented has relevance for professionals looking to engage with clients, investors, or donors.
The discussion centered around the idea of Purpose. Ms. Ngonzi emphasized the importance of defining one’s purpose and values, which will ultimately help inform the story. A personal SWOT analysis, a digital storytelling ecosystem, and methods of developing a network of collaborators and partners were presented as important tools to use in this process.
Ms. Ngonzi concluded by referring to a Ewe-Mina Proverb:
“Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.”
This workshop offered lessons and tools to help audience members move forward with the process of becoming their own storytellers. By crafting their unique story, students and professionals can attract the right opportunities to live their best life, just as Nelson Mandela did.