We’re looking forward to welcoming a diverse range of guest speakers to BelongCon at Global Sharing Week on Tuesday 6th June, talking about a range of subjects including owning our mental health, sharing our grief, working together to protect our environment, and helping others find their belonging.
Click on a speaker’s name to find out more about them.
Finding home, sisterhood and girl power
Pippa is the Founder and CEO of the City Girl Network, a social network dedicated to helping twenty-something women feel at home in their cities. Pippa will sharing her journey from a lonely twenty-something to an entrepreneur empowered, inspired and supported by over 1000 City Girls across the world.
Follow Pippa on Twitter @pippasays
The importance of sharing our grief
Dan has experienced grief from both sides. Working as an undertaker at 19, and training to be a nurse at 25, he has listened to many different people share their grief. He has also experienced loss personally with the death of his father, one of his best friends, and the ending of relationships which has resulted in losing contact with children. These experiences have given Dan a unique an insight in to the pain that grief and loss can cause, but also the connection and sense of belonging that can occur when people share their grief with others. Dan now works in digital marketing in Brighton, and enjoys connecting with new people and helping them where he can.
Follow Dan on Twitter @Colliered
Sharing, accepting, and owning your mental health
Lana and Allegra will be talking about sharing, accepting, and owning, your mental health. As well as sharing the impact that their own mental health has had on their lives, they’ll share how accepting their diagnoses and having conversations about their experiences has made a huge difference. They will also discuss how owning our “mental fitness” and advocating for others is the key to ending the stigma while empowering ourselves and others.
The power of your choice
James Dorrell is co-founder of Creative Bloom, a Brighton-based digital marketing agency for green businesses, and a former environmental behavioural change consultant. James will talk about how our collective behaviour as consumers has the power to influence attitudes to the environment and why we need to shout louder about the changes we want to see. What’s more, you’ll get the chance to take part in some real-time activism as together we vote on and kick-start an online movement for positive change.
Follow Creative Bloom on Twitter: @creativebloomUK
The true value of helping others
Jo Ivens is Chief Executive Officer of Impetus, an award-winning Brighton & Hove charity that works to tackle the often invisible issues of loneliness and isolation in the community. Jo’s talk will explore how being part of something helps us feel better, and how we value helping others in a world where too often cost/benefit analysis is prized over our individual feelings.
Follow Jo on Twitter @jo_ivens
The liberation of sharing without shame or censorship
Claudia was one of ten participants of the groundbreaking BBC documentary Mind Over Marathon which followed people with varying mental health issues as they trained for the London Marathon. Following the documentary, Claudia founded Quiet Club to further promote mental health discussions and empower people to share their stories without shame or censorship. Discussing the stigma of mental illness, the true liberation of disclosure and how life-changing OCD brought her to the BBC and the company of the young Royals, Claudia aims to maintain her brutally honest yet consistently empowering account of “not being quite right”.
Follow Claudia on Twitter: @claudiaharriet_