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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Start With Why – Simon Sinek

You know when you watch a knowledgeable, extremely articulate person explain a theory that you’ve believed in and been banging on about for T I M E and you can only dream of being able to explain it half as eloquently? No? Just me?!

Well yes, this is Simon Sinek who is a real OG. He wrote the Golden Circle, a coveted book based on a model he created that identifies what sets apart the most successful and influential individuals and organisations.

It’s all about the WHY. What is your why??

“He gave the ‘I have a dream’ speech, not the ‘I have a plan’ speech” – Simon Sinek

Thanks to Julie Hall of Women Unlimited who organised TedXKingsX last week where this TED talk was shown! Also thanks to the wonderful Servane of Ogunte for the ticket!

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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The Moving Statchoo

THE MOVING STATCHOO, by Kamila, aged 7:

“Once upon a the ther was a statchoo hoo came alive. the statchoo lived next to a poned. when the statchoo looked in the poned ther was a duck in the poned halow. halow wats your name said the statchoo my name ow it’s mister smith wats your name said the duck ow it’s rose thats a nice name said the duck thak you said rose would you like to come to my house sure said the statchoo folow me so of thay whent what a lovely house said the rose thak you your wellcome. would you like to meet my famaly sure said rose when thay got in the house thay sore mister smifes wife. halow huny said miss smife halow wife meet Rose nice to meet you Rose thank you said Rose. would you like to live with us sure. let’s go swiming said mister smith ok i just love happy ending the end.”

-There is so much to learn from this story.

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

Wear Sunscreen…

Are We a Lost Generation?

“There is Hope.

It is us.”

Moving 4WD…

Me and some fantastic young people I’d just told about 4WD.

Filmed at Chain Reaction 08.

www.live4wd.wordpress.com

‘We’ve got the 4WD bug!’ — LOVE IT! 🙂