Learning & mistakes

Learning & mistakes

You have to make mistakes to learn.

I had this realisation during my driving lesson. I’m usually so concerned about getting it right, but it’s when I forget parts of a manoeuvre or hesitate at a roundabout that I learn and remember the most.

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Racism is a business, Akala

Racism is a business, Akala

Thought provoking words from Akala on everyday racism.

“Everyday racism is the normalised experiences we encounter daily based on our difference from the white norm…..

Fighting prejudice both within our society and within ourselves.”

 

If this affects us so much as adults it’s even sadder when we see the effects of everyday racism on young children, as this experiment the “doll test” shows.

I have seen both of these on facebook in recent days.They really made me think about how subconscious and normalised everyday racism is. We all live the idea of the white experience as the norm.

Like in Akala’s example, I myself have to consciously fight the stereotypes even though I am black and I know they are wrong.

I tested my automatic instincts in a few months ago with the brilliant Harvard research project, Project Implicit. I wasn’t surprised to find that I like a lot of respondents, I had an automatic preference for white people compared to black people.

…. But it did make me think deeply my automatic reactions and question more the messages I consume. I’ve have to make a decision to move away from the “Single Story” as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says. To make sure I read, listen and watch stories from a range of people.

 

Weeks learnings/ discoveries_ 7.03.15

Weeks learnings/ discoveries_ 7.03.15

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Catch & Release Project where Seaport’s residents created lovely thank you cards

The busy trap, being busy for the sake of being busy

How to speak to inspire change, is a great read from Simon Sinek

An insightful discussion between Debbie Millman and Seth Godin on how to overcome the lizard brain

The importance of taking breaks from technology, switch it off!

Have a point of view and express your point it daily, a thoughtful post from Seth Godin’s blog

The brilliantly inspiring Your Ad Here from Create London, connecting small businesses, artists and the community

Thank you Roberta Tassi for this amazing online resource of service design tools-

Creating an education system that is relevant to people Charles Leadbeater’s TED talk on his learnings from education in slums

How to write a great blog post from creative boom (I’ve started writing post-it notes when I start a blog post)

Who do you want your customers to become?

Who do you want your customers to become?

How much of your day are you spending finding the clients you want instead of working for the ones you have?

Seth Godin asks this question in his Creative Mornings talk (another great one, thanks Swiss Miss). I just rewatched this talk as I’ve started the job hunt again and remembered how slow and demoralising it can be, but Seth’s talk made me realise that I’ve been looking at the whole thing the wrong way! Instead of searching for positions and trying to get myself to fit the criteria, I should be looking for opportunities to use my skills to help people. Opportunities to work with the clients/ customers/ people I want. Opportunities to do work that makes a difference.
It requires a big change in mindset, to turn from seeing obstacles to seeing opportunities. To think of yourself as your own client. It’s not easy I’ve taken three steps to open my mind to come up with solutions and start thinking of an answer to this question. I’ve done each one as a quick brainstorm and will keep adding to it.
  1. What is your idea of the worst work/ job you could do? Flip the question and describe what the worst work you could do would be. What are the worst types of clients, what would be the worst type of job, how could you do work that makes no change or doesn’t matter.
  2. What would the ideal job/ project/ client be? Write a job description of the perfect job and even draw up your ideal schedule- what percentage of your time would you want to be for creative work, client work, other work?
  3. How can you use your skills/ interests to create opportunities? Brainstorm the types of work you are interested in, why, how can I help people with it and how can I create opportunities?
Do you have any tips on how to create/ find projects that affect change? Let me know 🙂