British Council in partnership with Singapore International Foundation presented
A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture by Jo Verrent
About the LECTURE
Sync, with its name actually taken from syncopation - an emphasis on a usually unemphasised beat - became the flagship programme for disabled leadership from 2008 - 2012 in the UK working with a diversity of disabled (and Deaf) people across the UK, focusing on leadership as behaviours, not just job titles. Many who passed through the programme have developed and sustained high profile careers in the arts, despite the onslaught of benefit cuts and an austere political climate.
For any nation wanting to develop diversity in arts and culture, the challenge is to develop a sector where disabled people are included and supported beyond individual flash moments so that we are not only put on show, but we get to run the show! As a result of this society changes irrevocably on the ground and disabled people become a natural part of cultural life, not hidden or placed in the margins.
This means investing in disabled people in the long term both because we have right to be included and also because our artistic contribution is striking and our position in culture indicative of that within society itself. At the end of the day - including disabled people in leadership development, it's about both syncing and swimming.