Food for Thought

doing not just thinking The creative case for diversity - plus cartoons of people and the words diversity, creative case and artA different kind of post today – the visual evaluation of a project I worked on earlier in the year.

It’s from Food for Thought – a series of curated meals to discuss diversity and the arts, specifically the Creative Case, Arts Council England’s innovative approach placing difference at the centre, rather than at the edge. See what you think and let me know.

If you want the audio described version – click here.

If you want a version without the background music – click here.

And if you want a transcript – email me directly – joverrent (at) mac.com

Phew!

 

Loving the things I thought I’d hate…

the window of a cafe in Hong Kong - full of hanging things that can't be identified by me!“I was asked to name a place in the world I would least like to go to. I picked Hong Kong – the tall buildings, the congestion, the sheer number of people, the speed of everything. I went there first in October 2012 to take me out of my comfort zone, and to my complete surprise I fell in love with it. The skyscraping buildings I thought I’d hate, I adored. The bustle of humanity had so much to teach me. The people and the politics bumping along side by side were intriguing and beguiling in equal measure…”

This is the opening for a short blog I wrote for the British Council recently. I wanted to share it here too, as it touches on so many things that are going round and around for me just now. Continue reading

Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow: finding pleasure in a change of pace

a home painted green road sign saying stop slow down in white paintYesterday, Sarah Pickthall and I ran an event at Mozilla in London around disability, digital and all things interlinked. It was for a project called ShortCircuit and was fab – packed, inspirational, exciting – and exhausting. And it’s been a pretty flat out process in the lead up too – planning meetings, clarifying briefs, doing research, firing off emails, having skype calls, printing out stuff and then making emergency dashes for bluetac. Continue reading