RSA Lecture – Who’s Failing Our Kids? – Audio

A few months ago I was invited to speak at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) on a panel regarding who is failing the children of Britain.

I felt honoured to be on a panel alongside Katharine Birbalsingh, John D’Abbro and Michael Gernon.

Here is the audio: Who’s Failing our Kids? (Please click the link to access)

I totally forgot that it would be uploaded online so apologies for the delay in getting it up!

I am now featured on the RSA speakers archive HERE.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on this important issue below.

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Royal Holloway: Alumni Entrepreneurs Profiling Campaign

So honoured that my wonderful university, Royal Holloway, University of London; who supported me through three life changing years of study and personal growth, asked to feature me in their current campaign to profile alumni entrepreneurs.

Who’s Failing Our Kids? Let’s discuss…

Excited to be a part of this important conversation – let me know if you are able to attend and if so make sure you RSVP to c4events@channel4.co.uk

TedXOrenda

Yesterday I spoke at the #TedXOrenda conference. The theme was Austerity Britain and I was asked to inspire the audience of 200 educators at a time when they face unparalleled cuts and shrinking budgets.

I shared stories and memories of my personal educational journey and my thoughts and musings on the priceless, intangible elements of education, those that are not affected by budgets or cuts. Such as the ability to influence and inspire, to invoke belief and encourage free thinking. The need for young people to be taught how to engage with information and people they don’t know, how to make informed decisions and articulate ideas. I spoke about the dynamic changes taking place in society and industry, and the desperate need for education and curricula to catch up and meet students’ varying needs in order to become engaging and relevant.

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Changing Education Paradigms

This just makes so much sense to me. It really resonates. For so many reasons.

Big up to my homegirl Goldie for the link.

STREET | TALK UK Student Demo Special

Big up my homeboy Kevin Lanre on the mic for Street | Talk UK getting a pretty balanced collection of views during one of the recent student demos.

Shout out to Babs Williams, Co-Founder of New Turn who makes an awful lot of sense, particularly with his final point.

“This is a situation the whole country is going through” – Babs Williams

The amazingly articulate Babs was one of the speakers at 2morro 2010 – the ideas festival that I hosted this Summer.

HSBC Visible Women Mentoring Programme

HSBC in collaboration with the Visible Women Campaign is offering female undergraduates, in their first or penultimate year, the opportunity to be mentored by an HSBC Graduate. The formal programme will run from January – March 2011, with the experience day taking place in April 2011.

How will you benefit?

• Guidance in choosing a career path and identifying interests and strengths.
• Unique opportunity to have an insight into graduate schemes and recruitment processes.
• Insight into working at HSBC and the opportunities available within the industry.
• Opportunity to meet graduates and other leaders at HSBC on the experience day to be held at our Global Headquarters in Canary Wharf.
• Potential to work towards applying for a Summer 2011 internship (subject to assessment)

How can you get involved?
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What does learning mean in the 21st century?

Here is a wrap-up video featuring myself and a few other familiar faces from the Channel 4  Education Summer Conference 🙂

Channel 4 Education Conference

I was asked to speak on behalf of The 4WD Foundation with the wonderful Captain Sam Conniff of Livity at this Summer’s Channel 4 Education Conference on “What you really need to know, but never never learn at school“. Sam and I combined our knowledge and experiences that have come from working with young people who aren’t in education, employment or training (NEET) to present the huge impact that educational irrelevance has on these young people. We also spoke about how unhelpful and isolating acronyms like ‘NEET’ are.

Here are some of the main insights that we shared:

The 4WD Insight

Education doesn’t teach students about the lifelong relevance and importance of information. Information is a basic component of knowledge (which is power) and therefore is a micro component of education. In order to succeed in life, a young person needs to know:
– how to initiate, develop and maintain a positive relationship with information
They need to know:
– how best to analyse, critique, demand, exploit, interact with, source and value information
This enables them to go on to live a life making positive informed life choices & decisions.

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Management Futures

I used to live in this castle!

This majestic turreted castle was once my home. Fond memories of illegally cooking meals and countless nights sitting in the drafty corridors at an awkward angle in attempt to siphon enough wi-fi to Skype loved ones…sweet Founders.

Don’t ever question my claims to the throne again!

I was asked to speak at the beautiful Royal Holloway School of Management, my old haunt (once named the most picturesque university in Europe), about what I’ve done with myself since graduation by the Entrepreneurship department.

It was a real honour to be back behind the podium, sharing my post-university experiences (corporate, entrepreneurial and freelance) with current Management and Economics BSc students.

It was also incredibly inspiring to hear about how fellow Management alumni have spent their years achieving great things since flying the RoHo nest.

The Head of School has asked me if I’d been interested in lecturing the Entrepreneurship MSc students… watch this space!

PS- Shout out to the RoHo legend that is Marianne Bowyer! Lovely to see her 🙂