Posts Tagged ‘Cleaning’

  • Cleaning in Cape Town

    Cleaning in Cape Town

    January 31st, 2017 | Expressive Change | Tolu Ilesanmi | 4 Comments

    “Cleaning is the process of removing dirt from any space, surface, object or subject, thereby exposing beauty, potential, truth and sacredness.” Ever since I had the above epiphany, I have spoken it countless times in many places. Each time I do, I get washed by it, as the essence of cleaning is invited into the space to do its work. This happened again and again while I was in Cape Town recently for Cleaning workshops and conversations organized by […]

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  • Cleaning the African narrative

    Cleaning the African narrative

    February 29th, 2016 | Expressive Change | Tolu Ilesanmi | 1 Comment

    “My name is Tolulope Ilesanmi, I am a Cleaner. That is not a confession. It is a celebration. It is also a protest. I was a banker. That is a confession.” These were my opening words when I spoke at the Desautels African Business Initiative conference in […]

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  • Cleaning myself, cleaning the world

    Cleaning myself, cleaning the world

    May 29th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Linda Sarvi | 8 Comments

    “Oh and of course as part of the job you will also have to clean homes and offices too”, Tolu said, his twinkling eyes examining me. Mhm. Interesting. We were sitting in his office after my job interview to do the communications and marketing at Zenith Cleaners, which had turned into a 2-hour long conversation.

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  • Exploring the link between inscaping & social innovation

    Exploring the link between inscaping & social innovation

    February 6th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    At the end of last year, we spent some time trying to deepen our understanding of the relationship between the practice of inscaping and the organizational capacity to initiate and sustain social innovation. Through the generous support of Nesta, we wrote a paper on the topic, which we presented to an international audience of […]

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  • I am a cleaner

    I am a cleaner

    October 16th, 2013 | Expressive Change | Tolu Ilesanmi | 20 Comments

    So when we clean a school, we are not just cleaning the hallways and the bathrooms but if they permit us, there is a possibility of cleaning their system of education. When we clean a church, our intention is to introduce cleaning as a spiritual practice. When we clean for a real estate developer, we can work with them to […]

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  • Podcast: A conversation with Sushrut and Tolu

    Podcast: A conversation with Sushrut and Tolu

    September 18th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Podcast | No Comments

    In this podcast, we speak with Sushrut Munje and Tolu Ilesanmi about their experiments in transforming the underbelly of the cleaning industry. We met Sushrut last year at a workshop we gave in Mumbai a few months after he launched his new cleaning business Hammer & Mop. Recently he re-connected to see if we could […]

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  • Cleaning for a change

    Cleaning for a change

    May 1st, 2012 | Expressive Change | Tolu Ilesanmi | 1 Comment

    It took courage to start a cleaning company when Ronke and I did. I was an MBA student at McGill, having worked as a star banker at GT Bank, an elite Nigerian bank, and in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Being slightly rebellious, I proceeded partly because being a cleaner was contrary to everything my society expected of me. The clients, friends and associates who have engaged with us have had a sense that there was something different […]

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  • Dancing with Zenith Cleaners

    Dancing with Zenith Cleaners

    June 16th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    I was reading through the Zenith Cleaners blog recently and came across a reflection written by our friend Tolu Ilesanmi titled Invitation to the dance. In it he describes the kind of reciprocal relationship he works hard to create with his staff, clients and suppliers.

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  • Zenith Cleaners

    Zenith Cleaners

    September 16th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 5 Comments

    My friends Tolu and Ronke run a cleaning company that is unlike any cleaning company I have ever come across. They see Zenith Cleaners as a vehicle through which they can create the kind of world they want to live in, a world that is not just healthy and aesthetically beautiful, but deeply rooted in […]

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