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Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

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Embracing the Human Library, Enhancing the Human Experience, Encouraging Empathy

The Human Library, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, allows people to volunteer as 'books’ to interact with ‘readers’ in 30-minute conversations.  Chit-chat, small talk, surface-level nattering — do you love it or loathe it? Do you often just want to...

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the end of AN era?

the end of AN era?

Do we ever reach the end of an era? Or are we just beginning a new one? I notice how this may seem entirely meaningless and insignificant when we are going through a global pandemic. And it is. My intention for writing here is not to trivialise the scary and strange...

What I’ve learnt about chasing dreams

What I’ve learnt about chasing dreams

I've never really had just one dream. But there's always been several things that I've loved to do: performing, reading, writing, exploring, music, analysing, asking questions. Always. Ever since I was a child. Along the way, as I've tried to navigate 'adulthood',...

Redefining What Success Really Is

Redefining What Success Really Is

What does success really mean? It’s an odd word, success. Look it up in the dictionary and you’ll find success described as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”. Now, factually, I believe that. I agree. But dig a level deeper behind that definition and I see...

Rape Conviction Rate in Sweden Increases by 75%

Rape Conviction Rate in Sweden Increases by 75%

After a major change in the law in Sweden two years ago, the country’s rape conviction has risen by 75%, with calls now urging others countries to undertake similar legal reforms.  In 2018, the Scandinavian country changed its law on rape to sex without consent....

Spreading kindness this Mental Health Awareness week

Spreading kindness this Mental Health Awareness week

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) and at a time, when so many of us are struggling and paying even closer attention to our, our loved ones and our community’s mental health, this year’s theme is a universal one — kindness. ...

How to protect yourself against financial fraud

How to protect yourself against financial fraud

Expert tips on how to avoid falling foul of criminals ● Do not respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details. Fraudsters send these to steal email logins, passwords and banking details. ● If you’re purchasing goods or services from a company or...

Scammers use coronavirus to spread financial fraud

Scammers use coronavirus to spread financial fraud

Regulators urge consumers, companies and charities to protect themselves against scams and schemes during Covid-19. With governments around the world trying to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, agencies are urging consumers, charities and businesses to be...