So mostly just inspired about who we’d met that day (which is OK, we feel how we feel!) – Simon’s story was the one that got to me. All day we’d been sitting on the chairs and benches that he’d constructed as a skilled carpenter – one set so comfortable I would purchase given half-a-chance, but he has diabetes and therefore can no longer work – seems crazy that something that’s so simple to fix with medicine that’s available elsewhere – but I think too expensive here – has left him unable to work – therefore the children do most of the work.
Simon had an interesting story to tell about his involvement in the process, as he had previously done early morning work, then gone drinking, and never consulted his wife on anything. Now in all the decisions that they have to make they discuss them together… and they live in a space with a hut each for husband, wife, daughters, sons, plus a grain store and a pigeon loft. As with all the people we met, they seem so empowered (which is the plan) to take responsibility for their lives, and make the changes that they need – rather than waiting for a miracle (the miracle is themselves).
Met Tuesday 26th February 2013
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.