Rawiya, ‘she who tells a story’

I’m having a sandwich at the Media Museum having had a meeting about social concerns in Bradford. I’m looking at a big sign that says “life on-online” and reminded that communication is pretty much at the heart of most things. I’m FullSizeRenderwriting this post very much aware that the busier we get the less we communicate effectively – at least for me anyway.

I would blog more but I’ve been so caught up with making plans and sitting in committee meetings. You could say that writing up plans and participating in meetings IS all about communication. What I’m feeling right now is that communication should be lifted from a functional exchange of information to something much more elevating and enriching.

The Impressions Gallery (which I have squeezed in to my hour for lunch) has a photography exhibition, Rawiya, by an all female collective in the Middle East. The photo stories present profound accounts of life in a particular area; the impact of war, the pain of loss, the desire for dignity.

Yesterday I was helping primary school children write for a new on-line magazine they are editing called the Fab Mag. The desire to communicate is fantastic and the ideas they have are just brilliant and already it is helping to engage parents and families in school life  see it here.

So at the end of this short post I’m saying let’s find time to stop, think and reflect and find ways of saying what we want to say with creativity and impact.

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Mark Waddington is a former BBC broadcaster and producer. He now works for the Diocese of Leeds as Urban Mission Officer. If you would like to get in touch email mark.waddington@leeds.anglican.org