Challenge and Inspiration: #GWLOct15

Gathering of Women Leaders started very small back in 2012 (here’s the original ideas – PDF) – I first visited one in 2013, and have endeavoured to make it to at least one every year (there have been three, next year there will be two), despite living a long way out of London – as I have formed some excellent relationships, friendships, and networking opportunities there (often all come together!) – whilst gaining the opportunity to hear from a wide range of women about issues, stories, celebrations that we can discuss.

Initially I’d been a little wary about joining a women’s group – these come with connotations of knitting, childcare, etc discussion – but I knew the people who were inviting me – and they were right – there was lots of meaty topics to get involved in – over time I’ve heard about the arts, theatre, women in ordained roles, women in everyday roles, domestic violence, FGM, and generally from women changing the world from where they are. Deeply inspiring. Deeply challenging.

We have a range of networking opportunities, then it’s onto the speakers. This time we had Jessie Joe Jacobs – award winning charity founder, and now activist with the Labour Party – determined to undertake structural change, rather than dealing with the effects of poor policy, especially with relation to poverty (and benefits):

We then heard from Emily Chalke – who has a lifelong passion for helping women be freed from prostitution and trafficking, and has been setting up a home for those women who tend to fall through the cracks in the system – she ran from Edinburgh to London to raise £30k to help kickstart it:

We also heard from Catriona Robertson, currently interim director for the Christian Muslim Forum alongside other roles – who is “interested in how people live well and equitably together without having to be the same. ”

We finished the day with q&a, and in group conversation about the themes that had rung through the day, and what we thought we were going to take away from it (aside from the left over sandwiches) … 


(I may have started the day with a few tweets from #GWL15!)

The next one is March 5th 2016 – keep an eye on the website for more information.


Book Launch: ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’ #DigitalParenting

So, I may have published three book chapters before, but finally, the first full book is out there. Many say they will do such a thing, few make it! It was therefore good to celebrate at Westminster Central Hall with friends, family and others. See full photos on Digital Fingerprint.

Image credit: Mark Dodgeon

Digital Event

Good News Online: Positive Christian New Media Stories #UpLoadST

Today, I am giving the above presentation: ‘Good News Online: Positive Christian New Media Stories’ at [name] in London, to those who are attending the MediaNet event. A 45 minute workshop session. Hopefully you’ve already been following the event at #UpLoadST

Event Life(style)

Online: A Theology (@drbexl @maggidawn) #refract #cnmac10

1) To introduce ourselves:

  • Bex Lewis:  Cultural historian, digital specialist, works for Universities of Durham & Winchester.
  • Maggi Dawn: Author and theologian, currently Chaplain and Fellow at the University of Cambridge

In this talk today, we will be looking at a mix of theology and practical examples, as we seek to identify some of the tools that are available, whether the internet offers a fundamentally different experience, address questions of online identity and authority, and finish where all new media projects should start, with play.

Photos provided by Premier Christian Media

Event Life(style)

Playtex Moonwalk 2005

I DID IT, I DID IT… in about 8 and half hours, which we didn’t think was bad as we had to stop/queue a couple of times, and sheer volume of people made it difficult to move any quicker! I really didn’t realise quite what a big challenge this would be until I started training for it, but I kept going (despite the move to Manchester), and sponsorship was a great incentive. I didn’t expect there to be QUITE so much pain afterwards, but it’s slowly improving (written Tuesday after!).

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