Next Sheffield speaker
July is End “The secret about ‘the end’ is that it actually contains countless possibilities.” Our Rio de Janeiro chapter chose this month’s exploration of End and Isadora Zeferino illustrated the theme.
“What did you really want to be when you grow up?”
Angga Kara AKA Men Up North asks CreativeMornings Sheffield, who are gathered at Sheffield Institute of Arts for June’s #CMWonder.
“A footballer. A brain surgeon. A doctor.”
For this month’s speaker, being in Space Jam was his childhood dream. Born in Indonesia, Angga first moved to Sheffield in 1997. His first thoughts on the UK?
After a rocky start in which he was bullied at school, Angga and his family moved from a mainly white area to an area full of different cultures and languages. He started dancing and playing basketball, something that kept him on the straight and narrow when those around him were falling into gangs and a life of crime.
“Let’s start a hip hop theatre company”
As well as the hip hop theatre company - Angga penned a show exploring the relationship between father and son which premiered at Sheffield’s Crucible and went on to tour the UK - Angga worked on a number of other projects.
Breakin’ Point came from Angga’s love for t-shirts and screen printing, the project used fashion as a form of creative and emotional expression for marginalised young men. Working with #CMRestart speaker Geo Law, Angga took their t-shirts to artists from across the world, including Annie Mac, Disclosure and Wu Tang Clan.
“I kept pushing and pushing because I thought ‘this is what I wanted”
Though he was working on lots of projects, travelling the world and meeting loads of new people Angga felt his mask beginning to crack, he was self-sabotaging. Determined to turn things around, Angga set off on a journey of healing. He used therapy, mindfulness, meditation, alternative medcines, exercise and more to help himself make a change.
“I knew there would be men like me who wanted to support other men"
Angga retrained as an Executive Coach, and after losing three friends to suicide, set up Men Up North. Angga wanted to provide men with a space to talk, discuss their lives and the issues they face.
Men Up North’s focus is men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
So far the group has hosted regular group coaching, started a health and nature walking group, organised a symposium of Masculinity at Sheffield Hallam University and even taken over a barbershop to reach more men.
Men Up North.
June is WONDER
Our sense of wonder is the code for tapping into our most creative selves. It enables us to expand our horizons and encounter parallel universes that haven’t been explored yet. According to the classical Greek philosopher Socrates, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” By drawing us out of our typical patterns, wonderment reconnects us with our ability to marvel at new and beautiful things. We all have the capacity for wonder; but why do we lose sight of it? As our lives get busier, we tend to streamline our schedules and relationships to become more efficient. We want to know what will happen and when it will happen. But extraordinary things occur if we make room for the unexpected. When we leave space in our plans, we create magical conditions for our imagination and thoughts to collide with one another. And it is from these sparks that our best ideas are born. Our Copenhagen chapter chose this month’s exploration of Wonder and Rune Fisker illustrated the theme.
May is PRESERVE“The beauty in our world deserves to be cherished, sustained, and rediscovered. We share this life, and every day we have the opportunity to act as thoughtful participants in it.” Our Charleston chapter chose this month’s exploration of Preserve and Chris Nickelsillustrated the theme. Thank you to our Global Partners—Mailchimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com—for supporting us.
Kisha Bradley AKA #girlswithdrills
“Inclusion happens when all people know an opportunity exists”
Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others. When you place inclusivity at the center of how you live, it has great power to heal, elevate new voices, and change the narrative of who belongs“Inclusion isn’t always easy to talk about. I’m not about quick wins or answers I’m just here to tell my story and how I see it today”Kisha Bradley AKA #girlswithdrills is an engineer and activist for diversity in innovation, but that’s not what she wanted to be when she was a kid. When Kisha was little, she wanted to be the president, or one of Destiny’s Child, or maybe even an astronaut.Kisha grew up in America in a poor family in a majority white town, her and her brother were the only mixed race people in the whole population. In her teens she found a leaflet about college (or uni, for Brits!) and decided that’s exactly what she wanted to do. It was going to cost thousands, something her family could not afford but she got straight As and spent the next three years discovering colleges, before attending herself.“This isn’t a picture of me graduating it’s a picture of the first time I felt bad ass in my own skin. It’s the closest I’ve got to feeling like Beyoncé.”Kisha graduated as an engineer and upon moving to Sheffield and discovered that entrepreneurship wasn’t just for middle aged men with a bit of cash in their pocket.“I needed to know that opportunity existed, that it was accessible to me and that I was capable of achieving it”Kisha created Bright Box Makerspace in Sheffield, to help socially excluded young people can access making. Kisha and her team go communities to help kids discover their potential through making, maths and science. They’re supported and given the space and opportunity to use their own voices and discover their own skills. The kids gain confidence and skills in their own communities, opportunity comes to them through Bright Box Makerspace.Kisha has also cofounded #girlswithdrills. For the #girlswithdrills team it’s all about fighting for inclusivity. It’s important to have role models who the kids can identify with, to go into communities so kids can access them and to give kids the agency to discover things for themselves.“Inclusion happens when all people know an opportunity exists, they know it’s something they can take advantage of, they understand they have the power within themselves to make it happen … it’s about them not about you.”Words by Molly McGreevy.
Kisha Bradley AKA #girlswithdrills
April is INCLUSIVE
When different people come into our lives, they bring gifts. We can blend the best of our wisdom with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce closer circles that foster community and commit to diversity. People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar. Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others. When you place inclusivity at the center of how you live, it has great power to heal, elevate new voices, and change the narrative of who belongs. As diversity advocate Vernā Myers once said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” Our Grand Rapids chapter chose this month’s exploration of Inclusive, Libby VanderPloeg illustrated the theme, and WordPress.com is presenting the theme globally.
Jack Wakelin AKA Cocktail Master at Public
“If we don’t protect our waters then what will happen to life?”
It’s the main source of all life. The lifeblood element that makes up 60% of our bodies. It’s the liquid that we don’t drink enough of, yet waste effortlessly.
We think there is an abundance, yet only one percent can be touched. If we don’t protect our waters, then what will happen to life?
“Sheffield has always been a city of makers, way before cocktail shakers”
Jack Wakelin AKA Cocktail Master at Public got into the industry accidentally but soon fell in love with working behind the bar. Six years later Jack is Drinks Manager for the Rockingham Group, the people behind three of Sheffield’s most loved bars – Picture House Social, The Great Gatsy and Public, plus brand new all day café Ambulo.
Nestled on the ground floor of the Millennium Gallery, Ambulo has been open just a few weeks but is already a firm Sheffield favourite with its chilled, family vibes. Much like the Rockingham Group’s other venues, creating a venue which is kind to the environment was a top priority when opening Ambulo, and sustainability runs through everything they do.
“There’s obvious things we can do to conserve water. It’s the little things.”
At Ambulo, wine is served on tap straight from the keg, saving around 120 glass wine bottles from the recycling bin every week. Cocktails are batch made too, to reduce the ice waste that comes from shaking each drink individually. It follows a pattern of sustainability in drinks which Jack has been championing since his time at Picture House Social.
When Public, a cocktail-lead bar in the former public convenience underneath Sheffield Town Hall, opened 15 months ago, reducing waste was at the core of everything done behind the bar. With menu inspiration coming from trips to the Peak District, branding inspiration coming from former council caretaker Paul Greenwood’s logbook handwriting, and sustainability at its heart, it’s no surprise that Public was soon winning awards, and became the Observer Food Monthly’s Best Place to Drink in the UK 2018.
“Waste at bars is absolutely disgusting. You can waste absurd amounts of water in a bar, I dread to think what big chains do.”
At Public, spent coffee is used to make sherry while unused and stale bread from the kitchens is infused into a gin, which goes on to become the key ingredient in a breakfast martini. Fruit peel and other citrus waste is transformed into cordials while the ends of charcuterie is distilled with a mescal. Bananas which are past their best are used to make cocktails, which taste exactly like their foam counterparts.
Cutting down waste is key for Jack, and something he believes all bars should be doing. And it’s not just on the cocktail menu that waste can be reduced. Energy can be harvested from coffee machines, waste water can be used to water plants or in toilet systems. There’s always an opportunity to save precious, water, energy and other resources, it’s sometimes just a case of being inventive. For Jack, it’s important to take that time to find ways to reduce waste.
“If we don’t protect our waters then what will happen to life?”Words by Molly McGreevy.