Passionart has a new project for this year, focusing on the theme of ‘Belonging’:
We are using the theme of BELONGING as a way to consider a number of issues related to social justice. (I.e. diversity, gender, poverty, mental health, homelessness, refugees and many more) Working alongside graphic word artist Micah Purnell we aim to generate some creative responses for the project that can be used to grow a city wide conversation around the theme of Belonging. To begin our research we would like to invite a number of people from a variety of backgrounds and contexts to tell us what belonging means to them.
I wanted to write a piece for this, and my piece starts:
Over the past few years, one of the places that I have felt that I am able to truly belong is online, on my blog, and on social media. It’s a space in which my voice has found expression, a space in which I feel free to be seen, acknowledged and accepted as myself. Read the whole article.
This piece was written at a similar time to my Lent reflection for Radio 4, so there a couple of minor overlaps, but very much a piece on its own.
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.