- I had to be very careful about what contact information I included. I settled with simply an email address. That was comprised of my full name. That was not likely to change (potential future husband – know this).
- I needed to put a lot of thought into how I described myself. I'm a girl of many interests and I've known for a long time that I would indulge many of them, in a professional capacity, if possible. At the time, I didn't know how it would all pan out but I knew I needed a 'title' that allowed me flexibility. So I came up with something that had to do with the essence of what I wanted to do in life (the specifics not being clear): storyteller & ideamonger.
9 years later, those words are still relevant. Many people assume that I'm a storyteller of the traditional kind – somebody who sits down in front of you and literally tells you a story. I've often considered dropping it because of this common misconception.
This weekend however, I get to satisfy those who would doubt its relevance. I will be participating in the Ubele Community Conversation on Saturday 14th September, in London – "An invitation to African and Caribbean elders, adults and young people to come together in a creative space for conversation, reflection and finding new ways of building a thriving African Diaspora community in the UK."
The first part of the day will consist of several people telling their stories in small break-out groups. The lovely Yvonne Field, founder of the Ubele initiative, briefed me yesterday – the idea is to have an open and honest dialogue about my experiences (good and challenging), as a black, African, female entrepreneur and participant in the creative industry.
The objective of the day
In essence, the event seeks to explore this question:
"Given the challenges and opportunities facing African Diaspora communities, how do we work together to build a sustainable future, given the realities of System UK?"
The event's promo materials explain what to expect:
"During the conversation you will be introduced to innovative ways of ‘seeing’, responding to and suggesting changes in what is happening in our community through the ‘U Process’ – you shall also be introduced to other participative and creative techniques we use in our work."
Why I'm looking forward to it
I'm excited about the day for several reasons:
- I love listening to other people's stories and sharing mine. People are amazing and getting an insight into their lives is often an educational and inspiring experience.
- And last but not least, a day of collective idea generation with an intergenerational group of people who share some slice of my experience in the UK (and in the world) is not a bad way to spend a chunk of my Saturday at all!
Join us! All you need to do is book your free ticket here (only a handful remaining at the time of posting)!
PS I probably still have about 3,000+ of those cards!