Sarah Longbottom, Founder of the Creative Arts Initiative Nga Rangatahi Toa talks about the need for us to reframe the way we view failure, especially when it comes to our young people.
Failure. It’s kind of a dirty word. Nobody likes to fail, and there’s a certain stigma that makes it hard to even admit to your failings. But often it’s the lows of failure that motivate us to become better. That’s something Sarah Longbottom believes with all her heart.
In her talk Sarah looks at how we can redefine ‘failure’ as an immense opportunity for personal and societal growth. She describes the pedagogy of love that sits at the core of the Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative programs, designed to re-engage rangatahi (youth) who have ‘failed’ and been excluded from the mainstream education system. And she explores how love, mindfulness practice and the spaciousness that these practices create can enable the transformational power of creativity, artistic process and public performance.