WYSE International Leadership Programme – application deadline looms

Boxing Day 2008 I left my Nanny’s house, said good-bye to the family as they continued with Christmas celebrations, packed a bag and caught a flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The next two weeks were sprinkled with some of my life’s most defining moments. Two weeks earlier I’d been offered a place on the WYSE (World Youth and Social Enterprise) ILP (International Leadership Programme). I jumped at the chance to get away from dreary UK, explore a new country and do some much-needed ‘soul searching’. I learnt so much about myself and developed such fantastic relationships there I often wish I could relive those two weeks again and again. I had the time of my life.

There is now less than a month to go before the deadline for applications for the 2011 WYSE ILP which is taking place in beautiful Lucca, Italy (28th July – 12th August).

WYSE’s world renowned International Leadership Programme provides a unique and inspirational opportunity to:

  • Develop your leadership potential through team projects, personal reflection, physical activities, deep discussion and the arts.
  • Explore the underlying causes of global problems, and develop a social entrepreneurial approach.
  • Identify your values and guiding principles in order to gain a clearer sense of balance, purpose and life direction.
  • Develop an international network of friends and peers who wish to collaborate and make a positive difference.
  • Increase your understanding of the influence of and relationship between individuals, local NGOs and international organisations such as the United Nations.

WYSE International is a global charity that supports young people with vision and awareness, who care about what’s happening in the world, and want to do what they can to make a positive difference. We promote visionary leadership capable of responding to evolving world needs such as peace, human rights, democracy and sustainability.

People who have attended WYSE in the past have found the experience extremely beneficial, and have come away with a clearer sense of who they are and where they are heading in the future.

If you are 18-35, passionate about making a positive difference to the world and seeking purpose and perspective I strongly encourage you to apply.

For more information please email ilp@wyse-ngo.org and WYSE will send you a full Information Pack with programme brochure, self-assessment (for you to check your suitability) and application forms.

‘WYSE is a gift, accept it and cherish it.  It will help you grow into the best person that you can become’ (Hyatt, Kuwait)

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Women Are Heroes

An emotive and moving trailer of the film ‘Women are Heroes’ by the infamous French photographer JR who in 2008 traveled to the corners of the world to capture in photo and film the strength, courage and dignity of women who live in areas of conflict. Sorry the first vid is in French, I read French but even if you don’t the imagery is powerful alone.

JR wanted to help women fulfill their need to tell their stories, with the life in their faces and the pain in their hearts.

(Warning: this clip is pretty hard hitting)

JR has been awarded the TED 2011 Prize for his fascinating, innovative photography projects.

The world’s streets and hills are his canvas.

I am in awe of his creativity and his selflessness – to this day he remains anonymous so as to ensure his subjects and their stories are the focus of the public.

Our Deepest Fear…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Nelson Mandela, written by Marianne Williamson

Presenting 2morro at the BFI!

It was such an honour to be asked by the wonderful Lucy & Steve to host this years fantastic 2morro Festival which took place at the BFI on Monday 12th July!

The audio from the day is now available, so for those of you who didn’t make it, please check out the fantastic speakers & compering skills below! 🙂

2morro Introduction – Naomi Jane

http://audioboo.fm/boos/151430-2morro2010-introduction-from-naomi-jane

Reflections on 2morro – Naomi Jane

http://audioboo.fm/boos/151661-2morro2010-naomi-jane-reflections-on-2morro

Well done to Amanda, Lucy and Steve for all of their hard work!

Young Achievers Awards- Nominations Open!

Do you know a fantastic young person (UK resident) who has given up their time (volunteered) to make great things happen in the areas of sport, community, arts or the environment and deserves some praise?

If so why not nominate them for a Young Achievers Award?!

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See you (at) 2morro!

Very excited about this! If like me you want to change the world for the better I want to see you here!

Invite all of your friends, all are welcome and the event is aimed at 16-25 year olds.

I will be hosting the event and it’s going to be AWESOME!

2morro is on MON 12th JULY 9am – 5pm at the BFI, Southbank

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Wonderful Women 2

I had the honour of meeting this living legend a few weeks ago on International Women’s Day, where she was speaking about her work as the Founder of Kid’s Company. I told her she was amazing. She told me to be amazing.

I was brought to tears listening to her share. She is simply phenomenal.  A true role model for me.

I give you the Woman that is: Camila Batmanghelidjh

Women in Social Leadership Awards

Do you know a woman who deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated for her efforts in the Social leadership arena?

If so Ogunte are running their third annual Women in Social Leadership Awards and the deadline for nominations / applications is 5pm this Friday 26th Feb 2010.

“The awards showcase women in social enterprises, campaigns, networks and organisations, who offer innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing social issues.

The women recognised at these awards prove that with generosity, confidence and robust networks, you can achieve great and MEASURABLE social change.”

There are four categories:

  • UK Leader in the Workplace 2010
  • UK Social Business Leader 2010
  • UK Leader in Networks/Campaigns for Social Change 2010
  • Special Entry for Women Social Leaders from outside the United Kingdom

So if you know an inspiring socially minded business woman who deserves some props for all her hard work, nominate her today!!

International Women’s Day is the 8th March and this is a perfect warm up! What better way to publicly commend a fellow female 🙂

For more details and to download the application form see the Ogunte website HERE.

Much love, excellence, social action and sisterhood x

United Underground 2

SEE YOU ALL THERE!

Get tickets HERE

We are One.

Ok so generally I’m not a political preacher. But this is important. This is about getting our major political parties to be real about what they have planned to tackle GLOBAL POVERTY.

Extreme poverty is very real and life-threatening for billions. We need to care.

Lots has been done since the awesome Make Poverty History Campaign came to an end four years ago. But there is SO much more to be done. The UK has the resources and (in my opinion) the humanitarian duty to do what it can to assist those in need.

We all know it’s election year and a lot of political figureheads will be doing a lot of chatting…

But I seriously want to know what the potential leaders of our country have planned to fight extreme poverty.

I want to hear from our three major political party leaders; Brown, Cameron and Clegg what is on their agenda to maintain and advance the UK’s role as a global leader for sustainable international development.

I’ve just signed a petition over at One International to ask the big cats to be real and honest about their plans to help those who really need it.

This is about asking for answers to important questions.

I’d really appreciate if you join me, it’ll only take a sec.

Please spread the word!

Thanks guys

We are One.

xxx

PS- #POVERTYFIDEAD