On 21st May 2012 an audience of awesome people came to Somerset house for a Big society event – an evening with Martyn Sibley. Martyn is one their ‘nexters’ from his social enterprise activities online for disabled people. Karl James interviewed Martyn on his personal experiences leading into his projects and looks at the future of sunnier days. Artistic minutes were taken by Narartive!
I hope you now grasp the core objectives of my work from the past years. To explain my aims and spell out my vision, I would say that: I work to inform, inspire and change the world around disability issues, using personal experiences and online tools.
‘Inspiring Employment’ is the next step I am taking to achieve this. It is a free 7 week course for disabled people, their friends/families and professionals to understand the challenges and opportunities of employment for disabled people. The course provides a weekly email guide to video interviews with 13 global contributors and a resources section on the main website. There are 6 key modules:
- The ideal job
- Job hunting
- On the job
- Career progression
Inspiring Employment is for people who can work and can achieve amazing things in their careers, but who are finding many barriers in their way. This e-course showcases stories of disabled people starting out in their careers, to those in very prosperous jobs already. This is backed up with useful information on how to define personal ambitions, personal challenges and personal solutions.
No matter who you are, this course will provide you with insightful and practical guidance!
Personally it was one of the most demanding projects I have run, but I am glad to say it is the most rewarding. The e-course took me several months to plan, recruit the amazing contributors, video our interviews, video my introduction messages around London, edit them, add subtitle transcripts for deaf/hearing impaired people, research the links, write the website copy, write the weekly emails and work with Misfit-Inc on the web development.
The reason I chose employment for my first course has many layers (yes, I am already planning more). Employment gave me financial independence to buy myself treats, socialise and travel. It gave me fulfilment and a reason to wake up everyday. It also gave me skills and experiences that are invaluable. Conversely, I found employment difficult to find and often it impacted negatively on my energy, health and well being. This is why I included a module on self-employment to offer disabled people a flexible approach to work.
You can register by clicking on the link: http://ecourses.martynsibley.com/ie/
If you have any questions on the course please do get in touch. This really is the first of its kind, so I am relying on you to tell me the things you found good, bad and indifferent for the next one!