“Historically, archives have excluded the stories of women, of people of colour, of the LGBTQI communities, of those inhabiting peripheries. The records of their lives have been discarded or lost, while those of small groups of powerful men have been carefully polished, even the smallest fragments collected and kept. Now the rest of us need to insist our stories matter. Today, thanks to social media, we can, but we must also keep records of those stories. And not just the stories of triumph, victory or visibility, but of the liminal moments of our lives, and of the long, grinding nature of reform, the bitter, often boring struggle for freedom.”Julia Baird, Phosphorescence
Hello friends and thank you for all your support over the past five years. Nomadic work is unexpected, exciting and enlightening in equal measure. Anchored by my personal ethics and driven by potentia I am continuing to follow lines of flight which are about autonomy and justice.
I am a changemaker.
I’ve decided to archive this website. I won’t close it down, because it tells the story of not only the last five years of changemaking but also of my journey as a thinker, since I started my Wordsmith blog in 2015. But in the process I’ve also become a social entrepreneur; two new start-ups which each have their own digital homes:
FE Constellations is about moving from good intentions to professional ideas. It’s a membership community designed for changemakers who are stuck in the system but who have a deep desire to step into their potentia: gaining clarity through facilitated weekly spaces and deepening know-how in real time.
Thinking Cultures (launching 1st August) is about changing the world, thought by thought. We’re bringing together people who want to do the work (on themselves) to do the work, by facilitating and teaching Thinking Environments. It’s expert-led personal growth and professional learning.
I’ll still be doing the work I think of as public philosophy. I’m shifting my writing to Joyful Practice and journalism to FE News. I’ll be continuing to do work that brings me joy, drawing together the threads of my career in education, community work and public health. I’ll always be part of JoyFE💛And I’ll continue as a one-woman social enterprise, aiming for 50% probono and dialling it down when the bills come in. An ethical capitalist.
So if there’s something you think we can work on together, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via WhatsApp or social media.
And I’ll be closing my Patreon at the end of July 2022, with deep gratitude for all of you who have kept me going through challenging times.
You can still find me on social media 😀
It’s not adieu, it’s not even au revoir. It’s just a new line of flight.