PORT MORESBY - PNG Career Development Inc is spearheading a national book project entitled 8 Million Possibilities with the aim of getting Papua New Guineans with good stories to consider writing and submitting them for publication in book form.
If you want to motivate many other Papua New Guineans with your story and achievements, including the challenges and hurdles you overcame, here’s an opportunity.
And if you feel your story can inspire young people in the education system, and those starting out on their careers, then it’s for you too.
We want you to tell us how you began your journey to where you are. In the process you will help many people and organisations.
You will be part of a unique and outstanding group of Papua New Guineans who are contributing their stories and sharing their achievements and life experiences with other people of PNG.
They will see and read what you are doing and think about their own journey in life and the choices they have made and the goals they have set.
Eventually these stories will form part of a mosaic that will have a ripple effect through eight million Papua New Guineans, inviting them to create their own possibilities.
That’s why we called the project 8 Million Possibilities!
Storytelling is still considered as one of the most effective ways of communicating messages, inspiring people and instilling ideas and concepts.
A male or female child from remote Karimui, Telefomin, Kaintiba or Baining will read your story and be inspired; a young man or woman completing a college or university education will read your story and see themselves doing something with their lives - developing confidence and self-belief.
Your life is a gift and it is meant to be shared with others. And you have and are already sharing aspects of your life in your career with communities, organisations and people you come into contact with.
But life has more meaning if you share a little bit of that story with the next generation of Papua New Guineans.
We are asking you to leave a unique legacy in addition to your other achievements and contributions to PNG.
Let your life inspire and motivate others!
We ask you to view this undertaking as your special contribution to encouraging and stimulating the next generation of Papua New Guineans.
We will edit and organise the stories and publish them as a collection in book form. We make a commitment to provide you with a copy of the book after it is published and launched.
The books will be promoted by PNGCD Inc and proceeds from any book sales will be used to promote its programs and activities such as career development and employment enhancement workshops, human potential development seminars, and motivational speaking within the education system in our country.
This will have the effect of galvanising young people in the education system and youths around the country on the importance of focusing on their potential, talents and skills and on developing a sense of the importance of giving their best in whatever they do.
The most recent success of the PNG Kumuls in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup competition with three games played in Port Moresby; the recent SP Hunters triumph in the Intrust Super Cup in Queensland and other significant national events have electrified people and brought them together in a spirit of national unity.
This project can have a similar effect of promoting nationalism and self-belief among the people as one way of channelling this positive energy.
If you are interested, we will send you an outline of a story presentation to help you capture your story for this important project. By following the instructions and outline provided, you will arrive at a maximum of three-page story (1, 000 – 1, 500 words).
We sincerely want you to get involved and tell us your story in your own words. You can email the originator of this book concept, John K Kamasua, on firstname.lastname@example.org or on mobile (675) 7310 2381 to indicate your interest and willingness to participate.
The tentative deadline for story submissions is at the end of March 2018. We could extend the deadline if we need more submissions to come in.
We have good editorial support and a working committee made up of volunteers is being formed.