What’s Your Story? is a project dedicated to getting us all talking again and when i say talking i don’t just mean about the weather. I mean really talking, talking about the awkward stuff, the messy stuff, the emotive stuff. I want us to be able to hold space for one another in order that we might bridge some of the gaps in society as there is far more that unites us than divides.
There is one thing for certain in this world and that is, that we have all been given a life and like it or not, we have all been presented with a choice of what to do with it. I believe that everyone has a special gift, something valuable to share. I believe it to be our task in life to uncover those gifts and then our duty to share those gifts with others.
This film is dedicated to anyone who has yet to find out what their gift is.
Fatima is a young woman from London who was working in recruitment but after realising she had no time for hobbies, friends or family she quit her job to take time off and explore life.
Having spent a year recruiting people she new how gaps in a CV’s can look, but she did not care, she needed to explore life and her creativity and nothing was going to get in her way. So armed with a white overall and some marker pens, Fatima spent the day inviting people to write what they saw, inviting the judgement of others, which took a serious about of courage but as the film shows, Fatimas’s heart is huge and her zest for life is infectious.
This is Fatima’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
John Phoenix is one of London’s most prominent political activists and has reclaimed space for public use for over 25 years, to support local communities, champion the environment and raise awareness for political issues Commonly known as squatting, Phoenix as he likes to be called, takes occupation of disused buildings and for the most part turns those buildings into usable spaces for the community, typically against the wishes of the building owners.
Over the years Phoenix and his band of merry men and woman have facilitated hundreds of groups and helped thousands of people whilst raising the issue of housing justice and homelessness which has got him lots press attention. Now though, 25 years later he has the support of the landlord and works with the local council and is currently helping to run The Hive in Dalston, a versatile co work gallery space that hosts various conferences, meetings, classes, groups, parties, gigs, exibitions and theatre productions.
This is Phoenix’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
David Sanger is a horse drawn showman with a family legacy that goes back hundreds of years. Having spent most of his adult life living on the road, Dave is a true behemian gypsy who travels the land with his stage putting on shows and acts at fairs and festivals.
You wont meet a more direct man, he speaks his truth and says whats on his mind but to his friends and family, he a kind, honest, honourable man.
This is Dave’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Shamash has had the honour and privilege of training with the fathers of ‘Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction’, Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD and Saki Santorelli PhD through the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts, United States. He has also trained extensively with the Centre of Mindfulness at Bangor University in Wales.
He loves coaching people to live in the present moment in a calm and focused way, leading to greater health and wellbeing. And, with his strong background in science, Shamash loves the way that mindfulness has been proven to work scientifically many times.
This is Shamash’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Ben Lowrey is an acrobat & internet entrepreneur based in Bristol United Kingdom who has earned notoriety & recognition in a wide variety of fields including online guitar lessons, libertarian activism, fitness & personal training, circus performing, as an internet talk show host, and most recently – teaching handstand classes in Bristol & Bath. At present Ben’s creative efforts are channeled mostly into AcroLibrary.com which is an online resource for people interested in acrobatics & movement arts.
This is Ben’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Seize your moments is an international social art project by Janne Willems (1982), who collects beautiful moments from all over the world in order to discover what happiness looks like across the globe. The Netherlands-based trailblazer walks up to strangers and asks everyday people to draw a beautiful moment from last week. They cheer up after such a question and start talking to each other. Since 2010 this world traveller collected nearly 8000 beautiful moments in 28 countries. In order to do this over 500 people helped her.
This is Janne’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Kate and Alan Burrows have owned their 8.5 acre piece of Devon countryside for 9 years now, and during that time it has always been their dream to live simply on and with the land and wildlife. Living a low impact off grid lifestyle. Using permaculture practices to grow a small holding. One year ago they were forced to leave our house in Somerset, and so with no option they decided that this was time to start our their new life on the land.
They moved all of their belongings into a small caravan down to the field and set up camp. Small but cosy but within 3 months of being on the site the local planning enforcement officer was here demanding that we leave within the next 6 weeks.
So they decided to build a roundhouse instead, despite what the authorities have said.
This is Kate and Alan’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Hoppi and Tao live at Lammas Eco Village in Wales and their story is a truly magical one. Tao then Paul was living like stig of the dump, in a tee pee with string keeping his homemade poncho down while Hoppi was living in normal life as a therapist but though them coming together, through two worlds meeting Lammas has been created.
The Lammas project has been created to pioneer an alternative model for living on the land. It empowers people to explore what it is to live a one-planet lifestyle. It demonstrates that alternatives are possible here and now.
The project actively supports aspiring low-impact projects in Wales through providing guidance and resources as well as supporting independent academic studies.
This is Hoppi and Tao’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Once upon a time, there was an artist, a storyteller and a 1960’s Bedford RL lorry… They lived in troubled times – sometimes it seemed like the magic had all run out of the world and all that was left was trouble and distraction. So they decided to make something amazing, a device for spreading beauty and imagination, a spectacular creation to reignite the old enchantments hiding at the edges of things, and bring wonder back into the greying world. And so, they created HEDGESPOKEN… A vehicle for the imagination!
With its drop-down stage, fancy awning and proscenium arch, Hedgespoken will serve as a stage wherever it goes. Whether it’s Tom and Rima telling tales and making mischief with handmade puppet shows, or it’s other actors, musicians or sword-swallowers using the stage-space as part of the Hedgespoken travelling show, our aim is to spread a little old magic by doing what we love. Hedgespoken has the wherewithal to act as a mini-theatre, a cabaret stage or acoustic music venue, anywhere. Perhaps your village green, or that disused urban space, wayside or park – Hedgespoken arrives, makes magic, plants seeds of imagination, and then leaves, in the tradition of wandering bards, travelling storytellers and itinerant puppet theatres and circuses that are so much part of our heritage.
This is A Hedgespoken Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Off Grid Festival is visualized as a deep exploration of community living, creativity and consciousness; an intimate environment in which to share skills, trade knowledge, impart wisdom and make a difference. Four days out of the world to get into changing our world. We think of it as an experimental innovation lab for a new paradigm of economic, ecological and community thought, a radical gathering of empowered people making a difference in their lives and celebrating emergent culture.
Over the years the festival has educated and informed thousands of people about the skills and knowledge required for a low-impact ‘off-grid’ lifestyle. This is done via our unique Off Grid College – a 12 module programme in practical, sustainable living; Our Conference Programme – 3 days of mini-conferences on topical themes; Practical Demonstrations of Eco-Build, Alt. Tech, Wildcraft and traditional Crafts and Skills; Off Grid Inside – Where we explore the inner dimension of off grid living and the systemic tools that help us co-exist as a society.
This is A Off Grid Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Mac is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. Mentored by indigenous people over many years, he has acquired profound and original insights into questions preoccupying many contemporary leaders. Mac seeks to inspire the emergence of the leader in each of us, the leader who will take courageous action for a better world.
Mac is also the founder of Embercombe.
This is Mac’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Marta is a musician and works in a cafe to fund her passion.
This is Marta’s Story but more importantly what will your story be?
Rachel is an American born yoga teacher who went from peace core volunteer to yoga teacher and decided Albania was the place to do it. Her wisdom like all good yogis has been learned through practice and dedication.
This is Rachel’s Story, but more importantly what will your story be?
Jade is a incredibly inspiring 14 year old girl, she has ADHD and has suffered with mental health issues but now uses all that to give motivational talks to kids. Her story is of hope and determination, not just by her but also her parents who have helped jade find her passion and believe in herself. Jade wants to be Miss Universe, she is focused and dedicated to making her dream a reality.
This is Jade’s Story, but more importantly what will your story be?
This is the story behind one filmmaker’s desire to tell a new kind of story.Full Story Here
This is my story but more importantly, what will your story be?
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The conversation starts with you, so if you feel you have a story to tell or you know someone with an inspirational story yet to be told, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.
Copyright – James Light 2016