Cultural Diplomacy in 2016

Diplomacy, strategically networking and building your range of sources to inform your current and future work – vital skill-sets to refine regardless of your sector or profession.

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Onwards and up.

It has been quite some time since I have last blogged, life has been moving in quite a variety of different ways of late.

This has been the first time that I have not been dancing and performing on a daily or regular basis since I was 7 years now as I live in Glasgow building my arts management portfolio.

Work with the Dance School of Scotland Graduates Trust is moving along nicely, we have our governing charter in place and together with the board I shall be putting in an application for charitable status – a massive boost and help should it be awarded.

John (John Ross Dance) with whom I collaborate and garner new commissions has been kept busy both performing and choreographing at the likes of Laban, The Space Dundee and most recently a new commission at The Old Vic theatre.

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Installing a sense of worth back into employment.

It is no big news flash to announce the UK jobs market is in a complete and utter mess.

With spiralling unemployment, particularly amongst young graduates who have forked out upwards of £25,000 just for a degree never mind postgraduate level studies, and poorly paid or indeed illegally un-paid apprenticeships, it is a dire picture facing the youth of this country at this moment in time.

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The problem of £1,000,000.00

Far to often in life that old phrase “I’ve got no money” is used.

It’s form and definition changes; “I’m really skint just now”, “I wish I was a millionaire”, as does its context – everyone always has enough for a beer if they drink, a packet of cigarettes if they smoke, and well, a coffee if you fit neither of those bills.

For so many of us, we ‘simpletons’ in life, the ones of us that go through our whole lives simply ogling at that rare few that break the precedent and for whatever reason, fame, talent, inheritance or sheer luck – come into some serious money, we can only stand by and watch, read and day-dream about such dizzying heights.

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