I’ve had a number of conversations with people about controversies exposed via social media or the news and the thing that quite often surprises people is that, regardless of how I ‘feel’ about the incident in question my overriding emotion is not shocked or angry, it’s glad. Glad that it’s reached a level of national… Continue reading Why I’m happy when discrimination hits headlines.
Over the past few months of working on my first positive action programme, I’ve noticed something. People who are totally liberal and on the side of diversity giving off a sense of ‘but we do this already’ or even ‘why are we still talking about this?’ I’m not here to discredit the work anyone is… Continue reading Diversity … are we really still talking about this?
The other day I was speaking to my mentor about my personal goals. Immediately I began to speak about the goals I have for the programme I am delivering. Once she pointed this out I realised that in the intensity and excitement of setting Vital Spark up, I had lost sight of what I want… Continue reading What is my true voice?
I’ve experienced a lot of people lately (online and in person) who consider themselves ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive’ in their thinking, yet they don’t see the significance or the need for some of the activism campaigns that exist today. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they have shown absolute objection to campaigns around… Continue reading Thinking you’re progressive isn’t enough
Recently I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. I’ve gone from working with a very diverse group of colleagues in an environment synonymous with diversity (because it just was); to a world that looks and acts very differently. I knew this going in. My role is attempting to change this very landscape and I’m excited… Continue reading Living my best life; outside the ‘Comfort Zone’.
There’s no denying that language plays a massive role in our day to day communications, but what problems can language cause when it comes to tackling more difficult subjects with a wider group? I have spent the last 5 or so years entering in to discussions about race, identity, privilege and, more recently, unconscious bias.… Continue reading The importance & problem of language