Art is The Cure (AITC)

Had a meeting this morning with Rich Simmons and Graham over at the Art is The Cure HQ in Norwood Junction. There studio is awesome, floor to ceiling murals and amazing street art propped up all over the place, as well as covering every possible surface.


Am pleased to be able to announce that 4WD Foundation will be working in partnership with AITC and Ignite on a few youth projects based at AITC HQ this summer. For more info on Art is The Cure watch this short (pretty old school!) video featuring founder Rich Simmons:

Tomorrow Rich will be creating a street piece outside the Opera Gallery prior to featuring alongside the likes of Banksy and D*Face at The Street Art Show, which he has kindly invited me and Goldie to! My first ever art gallery private party invite! Apparently Hugh Grant is on the guest list and there is free champagne…

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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

It’s time to UP THE TEMPO!

REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PLACE HERE: http://bit.ly/dNkthf

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UP THE TEMPO

Over the last few months I have been organising a music industry insight event for young people in Croydon.

SUCCESS IN MUSIC NEEDS INSIGHT.. YOU WANT IT? WE’VE GOT IT!

UP THE TEMPO a free music industry information event for young people 13-21 in Croydon

Saturday 5th February 2-6pm

Industry panel: G FrSH / NU BRAND / YASMIN / CHANTELLE FIDDY / JAK FrSH / ASHLET McDERMOTT

Taster workshops: DJing / Music production / Vocal coaching / MPC demo

There is an open mic session too so you can show Croydon what you’ve got!

If you’re 13-21 register your place here: http://bit.ly/dNkthf

If you’re an org who runs youth music activities register here: http://bit.ly/f3op8B

Follow us on Twitter: @UpTheTempoEvent
Follow our hardworking crew on Twitter here: @UpTheTempoCrew
Here is our event page on Facebook

Please spread the word to any young people who might be interested.

Thank you!

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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Well done TeamGEA!

So today I had a de-briefing meeting with the wonderful Livity crew (big ups to Mark & Oyin particularly for all their hard work!) who we (The 4WD Foundation) worked with to create and deliver the Google Enterprise Apprenticeships Programme, which is now fondly known as #TeamGEA. Preparations for the next phase of GEA are already under way, very exciting stuff!

It was an absolute pleasure to work with and support 10 fantastically talented and motivated young entrepreneurs over such an intensive 3 week period.

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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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SHINE – The Unconference for Social Entrepreneurs

Really looking forward to this 3 day ‘unconference’ for social entrepreneurs next week. People who went in ’09 said it was the best event they’d attended all year so I am very really excited!! Especially as my darling baby The 4WD Foundation is at such an exciting stage of growth and development.

Taking place in London, 13th-15th May 2010, SHINE is a huge practically-focused event. Meet up, swap ideas and skills. To take part in a packed schedule of 1-to1s, workshops, parties, design sessions and debates.

A 3 day pass is ÂŁ50 but with this code ‘6QPNZWXE’ you get a 5% discount (and I get a 5% refund!).

See you there!