The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. The concept of awareness is what triggers our interest, therefore in the absence of awareness, we cannot be in the right environment to achieve greater things. David Harrison once argued that awareness is the most important ingredient for belief as every other skill, quality and task you have and undertake can be traced to awareness. Being aware will give you an insight into your beliefs and whether they are positive or holding you back. If you are aware, then this will give you knowledge and if you have knowledge, then you know what you need to do and the direction you need to go to make changes to improve and be prosperous. It will make you seek out more information on the beliefs that are holding you back and how to change them. The 1st Friday Conversations resonates with this very same argument.Our disadvantaged societies are occupied with major socio-ills, iIlls such as youth unemployment, skills inequality, access to information, and the digital gap.Such ills have an undesirable impact on our lives as they strengthen poverty, crime and increased drug abuse. Khayelitsha is arguably one of South Africa’s largest communities, has about two million people, most of them being the disadvantaged youth that have less means to access job opportunities and information. The hitches we face on a daily basis originates from common grounds, in most instances, one must get robbed for someone else to afford a drug transaction.One misses a job opportunity because they didn’t have money to catch a taxi to an interview or they didn’t access information regarding that job. If you take a closer look at these scenarios, major socio-ills are at workb here. Abraham Maslow once said, “For the man who only has a hammer, everything else he encounters begins to look like a nail”. The 1st Friday Conversation’s reverberate with this very same idea. The problems we face on a daily basis need our attention as a collective, therefore we can be able to share ideas, insights and experiences towards solving them. The 1st Friday Conversations, which is an informational portal and networking event that brings together entrepreneurs, leaders, various industry professionals and government officials, to share ideas, insights and experiences towards a better opportunity and solution driven society. The dialogues are staged every 1st Friday of the month. Each month is themed, a panel of professionals and experienced countrymen is invited to unpack the gathering together with young innovative future business moguls, leaders and key problem solvers. The project was officially launched by the Makhaza Lifestyle Team in February 2016, and was an extension of the work the movement started in 2013. The movement was founded as an immediate solution to major socio barriers and challenges facing the youth of today. 1st Friday Conversations is an environment for youth to challenge their frustrations, to educate each other and to share innovative and sustainable solutions to our daily challenges. Technological advancements and instant developments are playing an effective role to economy development, on the other hand for the less skilled, people who are not technologically cultured, these developments come as a disadvantage to them. Currently, most valuable information is shared online, that’s a huge disadvantage for a fellow countryman who don’t have means to be connected. The new, digitally inspired society dramatically excludes them. The 1st Friday Conversations seeks to be a shoulder for the disconnected generation to cry on.The project seeks to invest information to the less informed generation.Siyabulela Sophi argues that information plays a vital role on our reasoning and decision making processes, therefore investing information in people is one highly needed opportunity. The 1st Friday Conversations is a progress and opportunity driven dialogue-environment that seeks to expose economical opportunities to the disadvantaged youth while they are challenging their frustrations and challenges’’ Kwame Nkrumah the first minister and president of Ghana once shared an inspiring view on how we can challenge our problems and find solutions that speak to us as Africans.He argued that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. “Divided we are weak, united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world,” he said.The 1st Friday Conversations doesn’t only unite the society, it also keeps them active citizens who are striving hard for a better society. The next session is on Friday 3 November. . Sophi is the MD of Makhaza Lifestyle (Pty) and can be reached on 0618076619 and these are his views.