Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 15th 2015 Contents programmes that would change her life.
The first was a programme on personal
transformation work at Landmark Education.
Small said she had never heard of the global
company and said they never advertise.
"It really forced me to break down the
walls that we put on ourselves to impact
our happiness, our sense of fulfillment,
peace, everything. It was an intensive week-
Small did not have the money to pay for
the course and her friend volunteered the
The class would come in two installments
and just when she started to worry how she
would pay for the second, her manager
whom Small said was "very much into lead-
ership development" had the company pay
for her training.
She said the lesson drawn from this was
to not make money, or the lack thereof, a
problem. It would serve her in good stead.
Small also did another course, this time
with United Global Shift. While the Land-
mark courses focused on the personal devel-
opment of leaders, United Global Shift
helped participants understand systems and
working within them to solving root prob-
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"We just have a whole breakdown with our word
as a society. Our word means nothing and people
break their word at a moment s notice."
Given everything that has been happening in T&T,
it may be hard statement to disagree with. Alicia
Small believes the undermining of one s word is at
the heart of much that is wrong with this country.
Where most would be content to complain about
the state of affairs, Small chose to start an NGO.
SHIFT! Caribbean is the result of the Small s search
for her place in this society, as well as her observations
of its ills, both as young person living here and as
an adult who has studied and worked abroad. The
organisation specialises in leadership training. Small,
35, said the difficulty in keeping one s word is just
part of the wider breakdown in T&T s leadership
"We have a leadership crisis in the is country and
it is the result of everyone putting themselves ahead
of country. Our younger people are not seeing good
examples of what a good leader is."
The breakdown is not limited to any one sphere.
She said it is fueled by a lack of accountability and
a perception of scarcity.
"There is always feeling we don t have enough and
we are not enough, when there is enough. Trinidad
has abundant resources for our size. To feed everyone,
to make sure everyone has adequate housing, adequate
financial resources, but it is the mismanagement of
those resources is why there is an illusion of scarcity.
And there isn t. There is all that gimme, gimme now.
And it s everywhere."
Small said it was the perspective of outsider looking
in during her time abroad that allowed her to really
see the pitfalls, and potential, of T&T.
But given the apparent scale of the problem, how
does Small expect her NGO solve it? Moreover, how
is she overcoming the challenges of running a non
profit in a decidedly profit friendly world?
A Small NGO
"SHIFT! Caribbean is about developing and training
leaders to be in action in whatever area of passion
they feel they can have an impact in. if you are a
leader in healthcare, we will help you to design or
support you in designing a project to help you create
a long-term impact in the area of healthcare. It s
really about getting everyone in the area of their pas-
sion to make a difference."
She, herself, has extensive experience with leadership
roles. A former student of St Joseph s Convent, in
her sixth form years, Small held no less than six lead-
ership roles, including assistant head girl, student
council chair and co-editor of the school s newspa-
An SAT scholarship would take her to Morgan State
University in Baltimore, where she studied marketing.
One of her courses would be her first point of contact
with the non-profit world.
I did an elective, social marketing, I didn t know
what it was. I just read it and that kind of put a seed
in my head in terms of non-profit marketing, which
I hadn t thought about before."
She worked for a short time, before obtaining
another scholarship to do her MBA, this time at St
John s University, New York. After graduating with
honours, Small again found employment, but said
she felt strangely unfulfilled.
"I felt a felt a sort of spiritual cross in the road.
I went into a funk period, where I was trying to
figure out myself at a higher level as in what was I
meant to do with my time here."
This period would last for three years between
ages 27 and 30. During this time, she would tune
into news from home online, but said she eventually
stopped as she was depressed by what she was see-
"I would say I was grateful for the opportunity,
saving as much as I could, enjoying New York, learning
the city, but I knew I was not meant to be there and
I knew that I had to figure out what I was meant
to do before I moved back home. I was very unhappy
at my job, very, like miserable."
Commiserating with a friend over their mutual
dissatisfaction, Small was introduced to one of the
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