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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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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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!

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 🙂

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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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 🙂

Bright Ideas

I was asked by the wonderful guys at WestFocus (Thank you Martha, Anna and David) to be a guest speaker (with my entrepreneurial hat on) at this year’s Bright Ideas Final and Prize giving evening.

The Bright Ideas competition is open to students from WestFocus’ seven member universities, and invites students to enter innovative ideas for new businesses, products and services.

As a past winner, it was a real honour to be asked to speak and to be able to share my post-graduation entrepreneurial experiences; both the highs and lows, with such a receptive, like-minded audience.

I was really impressed with the quality of the entries and it was fantastic to be able to network with the students following the ceremony. Shout out to the guys from Kingston who tried to test my Grime knowledge! HA!

Well done to all the winners! And well done to all of the entrants, being brave enough to put your personal idea up for scrutiny shows you have the true heart of an entrepreneur!

Thanks to my awesome entrepreneurial homeboys Matt, Andre and Robert for showing up and giving me groupie love and support on the night x

Croydon Week of Peace

Croydon Safer Partnership asked me to give a speech at the Croydon Week of Peace Launch event at the Town Hall.

It was a real honour to speak from the same podium as Reverend Nims Obunge, the Founder of the Peace Alliance.

I spoke about how my personal experiences have inspired me to set up 4WD and start working with young people to create pro-active solutions to social problems such as youth under-achievement, hostility and violence.

Check out the BBC’s article on the event and my interview HERE.