Archive for October, 2009

Who am I? A blog about identity

October 26, 2009

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In true blog dialogue style and having been pipped to the post (literally!) by the creator of my identity, the talented Emily, here are my thoughts and responses to Emily’s blog post and my lovely new ‘g’.

I’ve always had lots of nicknames – it comes with the territory of having a 3 syllabled first name. I’m also slightly obsessed by my name or anything with my name on it and possess a large golden G acquired one drunken night many moons ago at university to prove the level of my fixation. That’s another story.

I’m definitely a ‘g’. Pre-teen I was known at home as ‘little G’ being the littlest of 3. Then there was the name George which came from playing the tomboy in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five in a school play and which kinda stuck. But there’s also girl-in-control, the G-ster or G-Meister. We were known as G squared when I worked for a Ghanaian charity with a girl called Georgie. There’s my German alter ego Georg. My larger than life persona Porge (every Georgina is cursed by the nursery rhyme). And the not-to-be-messed-with G-force. But never Georgie or Gina.

If I start on my surname the list gets longer. Combes. Combester. Combie. Coombo. Single O Combes. Combsie. Miss C.

Then the totally random Rose, Miss Hilary and Pinks.

No wonder a girl can get confused. I like to think each name embodies a different me. A bit like my bikes (Pashley, folding and single speed) representing different parts of my personality. In co-creating my freelance identity with Emily, an illustrator-designer-writer, we started to look at these different sides of me, my passions, beliefs and what Emily would call my ‘essence’ (definitely chilli flavoured).

The brainstorming process involved mind-maps to muse on like this:

Brand G

Reflection on quick illustrations Emily’s done for me in the past, including ‘The island of George’ which represents boundaries:

the island of george

Choosing photos I’ve taken that reflect my personality, passions and places I’ve been. See some card pics here and below. The shoes – Malaysian jungle rubber footwear – seem to be the most popular.

cards

And picking my favourite quotes which I’ve talked about in a recent post.

From all of this, the best part of the creative process was being given the chance to co-design a way of representing me, what I do, what I like and how I go about doing what I like. It was all about me!

As another George said, It is never too late to be what you might have been. Now I’ve got my identity I feel like I’ve got a much better chance of being what I want to be.

All all thanks to Emily. For fabulous illustrations and co-created identities, Emily can be contacted on emily.f.wilkinson@gmail.com.

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Need visual climate comms? Try a flash mob

October 15, 2009

A lovely attention grabbing stunt from the power shifters of The UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC)… last week they organised a Flash Mob of dancing bright young things on the grass by the London Eye. Watch the video of their visual statement on Vimeo.

The masterminds behind the event and the coalition include two friends, Amy Mount and Casper ter Kuile. Both bloggers, both media savvy, both passionate, dedicated and incredibly inspiring. They are great role models for the under 25s who care about climate change. Care enough to do something about it. And either know or actively find out what they can do.

But that’s the thing. As Amy wrote in an email following the event: “Many of them [the 300 under 25 year olds who joined in with Power Shift last weekend] had never done any kind of campaigning before, but everyone wanted to do something about climate change – they just weren’t sure what they could do.”

So is this the biggest problem with climate change? Greater than people not believing it’s happening. That people still don’t know what they should or can be doing. Or that the options for doing something about it are not attractive or desirable enough? We’re obviously not marketing them well enough. As Solitaire Townsend said on the Newsnight Greens on Trial last night, we’re good at selling green to greens, but not to the mainstream.

Back to Amy and the UKYCC folk. They’re obviously having an impact on their peers around climate change. And they’re going about it in the right way using personal story telling, tactics taken from Obama’s presidential campaigning and making green behaviours normal.

Perhaps we need to take advice from them and get a piece of some mob action on climate change.

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This blog post is part of Blog Action Day 2009.

Wordle

October 13, 2009

Having fun with Wordle.

my best wordle

Bikes rule OK!

October 8, 2009

On account of National poetry day, I just wrote this:

I ride my bike all over town
Cos it feels good, not for some eco-crown
Bridges at night are definitely the best
Lights of the city not put to rest
Bumper to bumper, 2 wheels needn’t care
Weaving between them, we cyclists dare
To race the traffic, we nearly always win
See you later drivers, you’ll see us grin
Brompton, Pashley, single speed, fixed
We’re in this together, undeniably mixed
Day-glo, in heels, courier kit or city suit
Anything goes for the daily commute
Feeling left out, then join our gang
Saddle up safely and come down to hang
With our critical mass, it’s fun to play
Come rain or shine, bikes rule ok!

I ride my bike all over town

Cos it feels good, not for some eco-crown.

Bridges at night are definitely the best

Lights of the city not put to rest.

Bumper to bumper, 2 wheels needn’t care

Weaving between them, we cyclists dare

To race the traffic, we nearly always win

See you later drivers, you’ll see us grin.

Brompton, Pashley, single speed, fixed

We’re in this together, undeniably mixed.

Day-glo, in heels, courier kit or city suit

Anything goes for the daily commute.

Feeling left out, then join our gang

Saddle up safely and come down to hang

With our critical mass, it’s fun to play

Come rain or shine, bikes rule ok!

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