My name is Martyn Sibley. As a regular guy who happens to use a wheelchair (due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy – SMA); I’ve experienced both societal exclusion and a feeling of inferiority. However through personal development and social entrepreneurship, I’ve achieved many of my personal and professional goals.
Now I’m empowering others to change the world!
I’m currently publishing my Purple Power newsletter (on the business, politics and culture of disability inclusion). So please do subscribe and join this thriving community of Purple Change Makers.
I’ve been voted regularly in the top 100 influential disabled people. I was co founder of accessible travel startup Accomable (exited to Airbnb) and I’m co founder of Disability Horizons magazine, Currently I’m CEO and co founder of the Purple Goat agency, as well as a content creator/author and advisor to social entrepreneurs/activists.
But it wasn’t always so amazing or simple. I have had to overcome major spinal fusion surgery, fundraise for vital mobility equipment, manage strangers to do my personal care, fought bouts of pneumonia, struggled through inaccessible housing, experienced weird societal stereotypes, and many other barriers.
Through resilience, hard work and trying to stay positive; I gained a BA in Economics, a masters degree in marketing, worked for a huge NGO in London, authored my “Everything is Possible” book, adventure travelled the world, and presented on the BBC.
It’s been awesome! I live life and work identically – smiling, empowering, learning, ambitious for new experiences, and all alongside great people.
Are you joining my community?! Jack Black certainly is…
The Big Vision
My vision is to live in a world without barriers, prejudice or discrimination. It’s about inclusion of all disabled people. All very well summed up in Positively Purple by Kate Nash.
Nice Idea Martyn, But How?
I believe it is possible, but everyone has a role to play in achieving this:
– Businesses have the responsibility for employing diverse workforces, and to create inclusive products and services. For example companies should employ people who reflect their societal customer base. Plus the Purple Pound is circa £280bn per year in the UK alone.
– Government have the responsibility to invest and empower citizens who are left behind by economic markets. For example I need a wheelchair and Personal Care Assistants to be an equal member of society. Once I have this, I can flourish to my full potential.
– We all have a responsibility too. Whoever you are, and whatever you do; please take action. Even if you haven’t experienced injustice, or don’t know anyone who has, you can help by challenging anything you see as unjust in this world.
Small actions will have a big impact. YOU can help change the world, benefiting EVERYONE in the process!
A Small Drop in a Large Ocean
I am just one person wanting to change things in this universe. My aim is to; inspire, inform and change the world around social issues. I hope you’ll join me.
Please send me any questions or feedback here by ‘giving me a shout‘.
Solutions come from collaboration, so lets change the world together!
And remember –
“Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.”