This was our first 2017 event! We chose a theme that seems to be universal: dealing with our desires and objectives at the start of a new year.
Every January the pressure on getting things laid out and planned is high and most of the times it is also overwhelming. No matter how good our intentions could be, we often struggle keeping up with the long list of new year's resolutions.
So we decided to take a step back, to take a step closer to achieving what we really want to do and who we really want to become!
We heard stories of who took a different approach, got inspiration for your own path and got one step closer to our real goals!
Read NOI Lady Jillian Weidner's event writeup and takeaways here
Matthew Kynaston is a budding writer and activist who works and campaigns in mental health, specifically raising awareness around male suicide. He also facilitates workshops on behalf of the GREAT Initiative - a charity that gets the conversation going with young men on gender issues like gender stereotypes, homophobia and mental health.
Darshan Sanghrajka is founder and CEO of Super Being Labs and has over ten years of experience in start-ups, branding, innovation, communications and digital. His passion is using all those skills to tackle real social and industry challenges, which led him to create Super Being Labs and build a team around this vision. This has led to impact projects with organisations such as Breast Cancer Care, Oxfam, UnLtd, and The Brilliant Club among others, while also founding other social enterprises like State of Ambition and Being ManKind. Darshan graduated with a MA in Economics and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews, and almost embarked on a PhD in anti-terrorism in the US but the entrepreneurial world was too much of a draw! Outside of work, Darshan is the chair of trustees for Somers Town Community Association, and is on the board of advisors for both the Sporting Memories Trust (a national dementia charity) and the British Council’s Entrepreneurial Africa programme. Most recently, he has been appointed to the NSPCC Digital Taskforce to tackle multiple challenges around supporting young people.
Priya Dabasia and Jenny Corrie are Producers of Being ManKind, a project aimed to inspire young people to grow to be kind and confident adults without feeling the need to conform to traditional gender stereotypes. The ethos of the project is to use real-life stories from positive role models to spark these important conversations.
Priya Dabasia is Research Director and Photographer at Super Being Labs. Aside from her work in the co-production and portrait photography for Being ManKind, she is in charge of research methodology and protocols for impact and health projects. Priya is an experienced glaucoma-specialist optometrist who graduated from City University London with a BSc degree in Optometry, and then went on to complete a PhD and a postdoc. After working in academia and research for a few years, she made the decision to move one step closer to her lifelong ambition, to use photography for positive social and environmental change. She is currently working on a wildlife photography-based comic book for young people, due to launch by the end of 2017.
Jenny Corrie is Producer at Super Being Labs and, along with Priya, co-produced Being ManKind volume 1, a collection of inspiring real-life stories aimed to inspire young people. Jenny has extensive experience of the publishing industry, having previously worked in Production at a top magazine publisher. She was able to draw on this knowledge and use her skills to develop a meaningful project, aimed to empower the next generation. She loves meeting new people and thoroughly enjoyed the process of sourcing the stories and getting to know the incredible men who feature in the book. Jenny studied Russian and Italian at the University of St. Andrews and then went on to gain a Masters in Screen Translation and Subtitling. While studying and working abroad, Jenny discovered a love for food and cooking. Having recently completed a professional cookery course, she hopes to combine her social impact work with her passion for food in order to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
These beautiful pictures of the #OneStepCloser event were taken by the talented photographer and NOI Lady Jess Yau. Check out her work here