So I had hoped to write a bit more often than once a week and this next week that will be my aim but this first week I have just been getting settled into the office, finding out what I will be doing and doing it and meeting new people and so that has meant I have neglected a few things. Time for myself, time for people who are important to me and time to write.
So I want to change that. But first I want to update anyone who reads this on what my first week at Invisible Children has looked like
So I arrived on Monday and met Davy, Simon and Ami. I was pretty nervous but right from the off I was made to feel welcome and realised quickly that I was going to enjoy it. The office is right at the top of a flight of stairs and has a nice feel to it. Davy told me that its pretty relaxed and I soon realised this. Davy is my boss but he is chill, he works hard, he knows his stuff but he isn’t scary.
Effectively I am working with Simon the tour manage and he has given me the project of getting contacts for the Autumn tour to Ireland. I like this. It makes me feel that I am bringing something important to the development of Invisible Children that is unique to me.
So my first day pretty much involved me getting settled, helping sort out the merchandise and moving a few desks around. It was more manual work but it felt good becasue like I said it felt like I was helping to establish Invisible Children in Europe. Just my wee bit but I was doing it.
The next day I came in and got myself my desk and started on my project. I like that we have projects and side projects. So I set about the task of thinking of schools, festivals, clubs, camps, bands, teachers anyone I know who may be interested in having a screening. Already I have had some exciting responses. One in particular which I am really excited about but which I won’t divulge any more until it is more concrete. Sorry
So it was good. It was fun. It was chilled. It’s an amazing working environment.
I even revolutionised the office music system by introducing Spotify to the office. (My biggest achievement so far may be persuading Davy, Simon and Ami to download it on their computer)
Wednesday came with more of the same. Finally though I was beginning to really feel at home and not be scared and get up and leave the office for 5 minutes if I need something. I also met Ashlee who flew in from Austria (though I still doubt that since she didn’t recognise the Austrian flag) and will be working with me to make contacts only for England, Scotland and Wales.
Thursday and I met the Scotland and Irish Roadies who returned the previous night. It was good to me Nick who I had spoken on the phone with and been in touch when trying to organise the previous tour, Charley who I had met at the RESCUE in Dublin and Molly who I had never met before.
So that’s my week so far. Next week I will be writing more regularly because I don’t want to forget anything and I want to be able to look back and just remember this experience as clearly as I can.
But so far I am excited. There are a lot of cool things in the pipeline for Invisible Children and I just want people to know about it. It’s easy to lose sight on why I am involved, why I am thankful that Brittany’s excitement and desire to change the world has brought me here.
I am here because I want to help end a war. That may sound pretentious to some.
I simply don’t care.
I want to help. Screw that. It is my duty to help.
Just writing this gets me fired up and maybe it is the fact that I have grown up in a country which has been at war. How in some ways the way children are being brainwashed to hate isn’t to far from what happens to kids in Northern Ireland. They may not lose their lives and their familied but they lose their perspective on people who are different than them.
And more often than not, it’s not their fault.
OK I think that’s enough for now.
I may blog tomorrow on some of my other thoughts on just being in London.
And I promise that more regular updates are to come