A pretty momentous fortnight, or year I guess. Yes, the words I have to offer on the seismic shift in the global political sphere are inadequate. Others have done a far better job articulating the personal, local and global impact, and will no doubt continue to do so. But reflecting on the impact is unavoidably relevant to my work and purpose. For me it has been a slow-burn; the sadness, fear and anger have taken a while to creep up, and continue to grow. Partly because I
(First published on DivaManc.org website) I arrived at our 'DivaManc Switch-On', on 12 November, a cold wet Thursday evening, feeling rather bruised and shaken by Trump's electoral victory combined by a complete lack of sleep. I knew I wasn't alone. I wondered at the outset whether Trump would hijack our evening, like a tsunami I pictured his big blonde quiff, sweeping away the optimism and aspirations that had kept our DivaManc boat afloat. I'm pleased to say he didn't.
Generally there’s a first step in successful collaborations in all walks of life – finding the person or persons who will be your fellow collaborator(s). Just like romantic relationships the potential for a certain connection might creep up on you over time or suddenly hit you unawares, it may even have a helping hand from a keen cupid. One thing is certain with either approach; it requires you to have put something of yourself, your ideas and what you’re interested in “out