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End Of An Era

I walked out of the office today for the last time as a staff member. Four months as a online PR officer have flown by, even more so than 10 months as a youth worker.

What can I say about the last 14 months? No doubt there will be more words here over the coming weeks. Right now?

I’m so privileged to have had 14 months working for an organisation I truly believe in, with colleagues who have become close friends, doing a job that gives me such satisfaction. You know, after this I think I could actually get used to the 9-5 thing…!

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On The Silk Road

I have some insanely talented friends.

Lola Ya Bonobo

Last year as I did the Christian Aid gap year, I got to meet and get to know Kevin. Kevin has this rock star persona; he’s larger than life in a really understated way, and he’s funny and intelligent at the same time. One of those people we love to hate, because they’re good at everything.

Kevin wrote an article after we came back from the DR Congo last year, on water and sanitation in Kinshasa. That article, Trench Warfare, landed him among the finalists in the Guardian’s International Development journalism competition.

As a result, Kevin’s currently in India researching a new article for the Guardian, and he’s blogging his journey over at On The Silk Road. I highly recommend you check it out!

Of All The People In All The World

One of the cool things that was happening in the Christian Aid tent at Greenbelt over the weekend was an innovative rice show (trust me… you’ll want to read on) called ‘Of All The People In All The World’. Essentially, the show uses grains of rice to visualise world statistics, which each grain of rice representing one person. It’s a powerful way of comparing myself, one person, with all the people who aren’t me. Such as…

refugees in the world millionaires in the world

Caption on the left reads: Refugees in the world.
Caption on the right reads: Millionaires in the world.

You can find out a bit more about it on the Stan’s Cafe website.

Sofa Sessions

I spent my volunteering time at Greenbelt promoting a new Christian Aid youth resource, the Sofa Sessions. Pretty cool new resource designed to get young people discussing and debating issues of global importance in an informal, relaxed way.

Greenbelt 2009

Greenbelt 2009

More Greenbelt thoughts and photographs shall be appearing here over the next few days.

Poverty Monologues Retrospect

I’ve put a few new things up on the Poverty Monologues blog, including a link to a great article by DFID on it, and a few photographs I snapped on Wednesday night when I saw the show.

Poverty Monologues

Normal service will resume here in a while…. you know, that nice, undefined period of time.

Poverty Monologues

One of the latest little projects I’ve been working on is the Poverty Monologues…

Poverty Monologues logo

Poverty Monologues is a piece devised, written and performed by eight 18-25 year olds who have lived and worked in remote communities in Ghana, South Africa, India and Peru as part of the Platform2 programme. Starting off as a workshop at the post-trip residential (Express) “Poverty Monologues” became synonymous with the profound impact of their experiences. Over the last 6 months this has produced a deluge of emotive monologues and songs- inspired by the stories they heard and the people they met and grew to love on their Platform2 journey. The result is real life stories boldly brought to life, viscerally conveying the joys and woes of those living in another world. Join us at Edinburgh Festival for Poverty Monologues’ worldwide premiere!

Stop by the site I’ve been working on, www.povertymonologues.com, leave a comment on the blog, and most importantly – buy a ticket & come see the show!

People Made It. People Can End It.

Join us in eradicating poverty.


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Pico Iyer

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