Reject is a film that outlines the role of rejection in our lives. It sheds light on various societal issues that show how we enable and even support rejecting those who are different.
The findings shared in the film, from social and biological scientists, and first-hand accounts from children and their families, lead us on a journey from rejection to acceptance.
The documentary invites us to re-evaluate our own actions; we learn how our behaviours can create negative outcomes for the people experiencing rejection, while also sharing the importance of providing an environment of belonging and acceptance.
National Grief Awareness Week (NGAW) was conceived in 2019 to help promote conversations about grief, particularly during the festive season, which can be incredibly tricky for those who are missing someone important. The campaign hopes to try to normalise grief and get people talking about this typically uncomfortable subject on a national platform.
For anyone struggling with grief or wanting to know more about how to support those who are grieving, Julia Samuel’s Grief Works is highly recommended.
The Being Human Festival goes right to the heart of what it means to belong, contextualising society and the role that individuals play in shaping, forming and informing social history.
The National Youth Theatre’s latest work in progress, Freedom and Revolution, forces us to re-assess our deeply myopic view of our shared cultural history and to better understand the role that ethnic minorities played in shaping our future, by exploring the story of a group of French and French-Caribbean prisoners of war who were held at Portchester Castle in 1807 and performed a historical drama tackling how enslaved people of African descent fought for their freedom on Haiti in 1793.
There are many myths surrounding autism spectrum disorder that contribute to people who have the condition often feeling isolated. The world simply isn’t wired for people who have autism, from sensory overload in public spaces to the exaggerated portrayal of savant autism in film and media.
Perhaps the most common misconception that contributes to feelings of loneliness and alienation among people with autism is that they do not desire love and affection, which is why Love On The Spectrum provides such an important perspective, debunking some of the most common myths around autism.
Travel writer Jan Morris died recently aged 94. Morris, in case you didn’t know her, reached Everest base camp at 22,000 feet in 1953 to report Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reaching the summit. She was also a great war reporter, political commentator and indeed fought with distinction in World War II.
As a travel writer she conjured up a sense of belonging – and belonging to cities which always seemed to occupy and transmit as she saw it, a sense of otherness – belonging as non-belonging.
Morris wrote a book called Conundrum in which she wrote: ‘I was three or perhaps four years old when I realised that I had been born into the wrong body, and should really be a girl.’
This book, a travel book of a different sort – describes why Jan Morris belonged, and why James Morris, military officer, climber, historian, journalist and writer, was in fact a conundrum, a body, like a place she had been born into but had no lingering desire to stay with. So, like all great travellers, she moved on, made as she put it, her own nowhere, a place of somewhere.
When media, research and insights no longer represent or include marginalised and diverse groups, it becomes a flawed version of the truth that only continues to serve an oppressive status quo. As researchers, it continues to fall on us to ensure that we are not only reflecting the changing demographics and shifting values, but also driving the conversation for ourselves and our clients in a way that feels equitable and just.
The Blueprint Collective is a collective of 100 participants aged 15–24 based in the London borough of Brent who are challenging the current ways that public spaces are being designed. For its latest campaign, they have collaborated with Brent Youth Parliament to host workshops and activities, and created the Blueprint Charter, a rallying cry for young people to be included in the design of public places in Wembley Park and Brent. For many people aged 15 and older, they are often too old to socialise with friends at children’s parks, and with knife crime rampant in these areas, they believe in creating age-appropriate and safe spaces for their generation as an outlet for an often-forgotten age group.
This article is part of our Diversity & Inclusion work at The Future Laboratory. Explore our work on D&I on our blog and discover what steps we are taking to make a better tomorrow happen.
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