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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Zambia!

We invite Americans living in Zambia to get involved with DAZM,  the official country committee for US Democrats here. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - and if you're interested in putting on an event yourself or helping to get out the vote, please do get in touch with Will Bakker, the RVC for EMEA ([email protected]), who will help you coordinate and promote the activity. 

DA Zambia Leadership:

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Karen Frankenstein
| Global Caucus Coordinator, Global Events Coordination, Global IT Team, AAPI Caucus Comms
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    Embracing Change: Where ‘YOLO’ Economy Meets The New Hybrid Workplace
    Vu Hoang is the CEO and Founder of RocketLevel, a leading all-in-one marketing platform.

    As we all already know, there’s a huge shift happening in the workplace. Some of it’s been driven by Covid, but much has been powered by a deeply human need to explore talents in new ways—and maybe even in new places. 

    What does this mean from a company’s perspective? At my company, we had to ask some potentially uncomfortable questions. For instance, what do we need to do to embrace this change that’s happening versus responding to it as a threat? How can we repurpose our space now that we are mostly working remotely? Can we still work in an open office? We certainly don’t need a big office building in the ways that we did before the pandemic. 

    But it doesn’t stop there. It’s also about rethinking your team and how it works. At our company, which has a remote open office environment, we’re converting a lot of space into video studios because we know that if we’re mostly remote, we can repurpose the space. So, we’re recruiting and building a team across the country versus limiting ourselves to just local talent. 

    Finding Versus Fighting Talent

    I’m hearing that a lot of big companies are fighting this hybrid office environment instead of embracing it and working with it. Many companies are trying to force employees back into the physical office, but many respond with, “Nope, I’m quitting. I’m going to find something else.” And then the companies back down because ultimately they must stay in business.

    So, what’s working for companies who want to recruit and retain talent in the “YOLO (you only live once) economy” and “hybrid workplace?” Obviously, flexibility is king. But there’s one major keyword to include in most of your job postings: “remote.” With more employees than ever creating their own path forward based on their preferences and lifestyles, and a constantly revolving talent pool, it’s no wonder that remote jobs have risen dramatically in popularity since the pandemic. Why be chained to a desk when you can live and work from literally anywhere?

    Here are some good ways to attract (and retain) “YOLO economy” talent:

    • Offer remote work opportunitiesas a recruiting tool but acknowledge that not everyone wants to be a remote worker. Extroverts (such as sales teams) feed off each other and really need the creative energy of co-working.
    • Create an open desk/social working modelfor those who want to have drop-in opportunities to collaborate, mentor and socialize with their teams.
    • Design spaces around the office for specific purposes like problem-solving, creativity and brainstorming.
    • Recruit more people in more placesto keep your team fresh and energized.
    • Remain adaptable to changesas they occur and try to prepare for the unknown as much as you can.
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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, March 09, 2024 at 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 56 rsvps
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    Women, Peace & Security


     

    Can the security of women predict the security of states and the likelihood of conflict and war?  Yes, indeed.  The prevalence of institutionalized gender-based violence and other deterrents to women’s well-being and their overall status in society correspond significantly to state and global stability. Ms. Hudson’s presentation will clarify this relationship and address the many implications of the overwhelming data supporting the link.

    Her remarks will be of tremendous interest to anyone interested in the dynamics of international security, foreign policy and the status of women.  The insights will apply across a broad swath of issues of pressing interest to Americans around the globe (and to the citizens of every country in which we reside).

    The First Political Order offers the strongest possible proof that male control of reproduction - and the violence necessary to control women’s bodies - is the first step in normalizing violence and hierarchy in every society.  From now on, there will be no more separating questions of politics and peace from the treatment of the females. Those days are over.  Thanks to Valerie M. Hudson and her team of global researchers, we have a long, practical, intimate way of diminishing violence and increasing democracy.

                                Gloria Steinem                                        



    Dr. Valerie Hudson

    Dr. Valerie Hudson, University Distinguished Professor, joined the faculty of the Bush School in 2012 as the holder of the George H. W. Bush Chair. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis as well as gender and security, she received her PhD in political science at The Ohio State University and comes to Texas A&M University from a senior faculty position at Brigham Young University. Hudson directs the Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security.

    In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. Her co-authored book Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, and the research it presents, received major attention from the media with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, and numerous other outlets. The book also received two national book awards. Another coauthored book, Sex and World Peace, published by Columbia University Press, was named by Gloria Steinem as one of the top three books on her reading list. A recent book, with Patricia Leidl, is The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy, published in June 2015. Her newest coauthored book is The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide (Columbia University Press, 2020). She was also recently named a Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis by the International Studies Association.

    Dr. Hudson has developed a nation-by-nation database on women, the WomanStats Database (http://www.womanstats.org/), that has triggered both academic and policy interest (the latter includes its use by both the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and various agencies of the United Nations). Using this data, Hudson and her co-principal investigators from the WomanStats Project have published a wide variety of empirical work linking the security of women to the security of states, with research appearing in International Security, American Political Science Review, Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Politics and Gender.

    Dr. Hudson offers courses on women and nations (the foundations course for the Women, Peace, and Security concentration), foreign policy analysis, and a capstone on Women, Peace, and Security. Throughout her career, Dr. Hudson has demonstrated a strong commitment to collaboration with other scholars both in her own field and in other disciplines and has received significant research grants, including grants from the US Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative and the National Science Foundation, to support her work in international affairs. Her research and teaching experience is also complemented by three major teaching awards and numerous research awards, and she has recently been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She was also a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Australian National University in early 2017.

    Hudson served as vice president of the International Studies Association for 2011-2012. She is a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis, and also serves, or has served on, the editorial boards of The American Political Science Review, Politics and Gender, the American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Review. More information can be found on her professional website, https://vmrhudson.org.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 12:00 AM Harare Time · 1 rsvp
    Disco in harare, Zimbabwe

    Test Event For May 12 Training


    this is a zoom event and a in person event at the disco

    Please RSVP whether you plan to appear online or in person.