Using the hammer of knowledge to break down barriers!
The challenge and barriers I face are lack of support from established organization that are run by the ‘Funders’, this create barriers where certain projects are funded and others not. My passion to drive a writing project that concentrates on mainly the uncovering the ‘self’ is not a project that is in the year plan of organizations. My believe that is also my passion ‘that before any problem can be tackled/eradicated, I/we need to reflect and do introspection with myself/ourselves through writing in the form of poetry, creative writing or however I/we feel comfortable to express ourselves with writing but to voice our issues’ is not an agenda enough for the project to start and issues such as not having ‘formal’ training in facilitation, creative writing etc. counts against me. Other issues such as not being included in conversations held by the ‘academics’ on issues that affect my reality, where I can ask questions on the agenda being raised, it feels like there is just a certain ‘elites’ group that are involved/called for these workshops/conferences/ conversation, my voice on the ground I feel by this rejection is not good enough.
On doing reflection on over coming the challenges or barriers, I came up with the following, I need to restructure my project for it to fit into the yearly objectives of the organization or Funders that I approach. Do research/read up on facilitation skills and creative writing skills. Talk to trained facilitators/creative writers to come on board to help me co-facilitate the project. Introducing my community to pulse wire and starting a group on the issue of self awareness and using the creative writing as a tool. Other online communities such as facebook I can also use, to start a self-awareness writing circle to challenge barriers. I also see pulse wire as a platform to start conversation that I will be included in and that is not ‘just’ for a certain ‘group of intellects/ elites’ but, for any one that can offer their voice to the conversation of creating change for every one.
“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.” Audre Lorde