To say that it has been an interesting year is an understatement. Many of us face challenges to stay afloat, being apart from loved ones, and some of us may still unable to come home. Thoughts and prayers for life lost and sadness surrounding the year that was 2020. Hopes and Acceptance of what we cannot control, and of the unknown for the year that is 2021.
A quiet start of the year is what I need and what I am having, luckily with a Seeing Eye Dog puppy that I am fostering by my side.
I hope you have the type of new year start that you need. Peace and love.
It sure has been a topsy turvy period since my last update. I sincerely hope that everyone is well amidst the present challenges and ahead. In light of the ever-evolving pandemic situation and restriction, this Inclusive Design discussion is undergoing a restaging process. This discussion has my heart and my mind, so while I cannot give the exact certainties of the revised plan yet, I can advise you that the discussion will indeed take place, albeit restaged for early 2021 (date shown currently is a placeholder – TBC).
Please kindly bear with me while I am ironing out a few wrinkles at my end.
Thank you very much for your support and understanding. I will issue another update in due course. In the meantime, keep well and take care.
Thank you all firstly for those who have registered to attend this Inclusive Design and Wellbeing discussion and also for those who have signed up on the waiting list. It is very encouraging indeed.
Please be advised that in light to the current public health situation, as a precautionary measure, Meat Market is closing its door from 2 pm today till the end of March and this Inclusive Design and Wellbeing discussion has been postponed and moved to (tentatively) Wednesday, 29th April, same time and venue.
The date will be reassessed in early April; All attendees, including those in the waiting list, should have received emails notifying them of the postponement.
I recognized that there has been a great interest in attendance for this event. Come early April, aside from reviewing the date, I will also endeavour to review the venue within Meat Market and discuss with them to see if there is a possibility of moving to a slightly larger space to accommodate those who are in the waiting list.
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So, yours truly was interviewed by Jean-Nöel Ducasse from SBS French, in my broken French – comme d’habitude! (pledging to make true effort to improve!).
We talked predominantly about the upcoming Inclusive Design & Wellbeing, which is part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, on Wednesday, 18th March and a little bit on my upcoming French jazz session at Lido Jazz on Friday, 20th March
We are playing at Lido Jazz on Friday, 20th March, from 8 to 10 pm, with yours truly on vocal, Mark Fitzgibbon on piano, Howard Cairns on double bass and Alex Spicer on drums. Bien sûr, there will be some french tunes (a bit Gainsbourg, Misraki) and jazz standards. Please click here and here for some snippets from our last Lido’s session.
Late last year, as I was discussing with my supervisor how my PhD resonates with Inclusive Design as the overarching design principle and how ultimately social inclusion can contribute to wellbeing, I question what we, as a society at large, understand on what inclusive design is. There is no shortage of information; reading materials, articles, guidelines and blogs as well as research and activities. So suffice today that it is a widely known principle or concept. However, what is the current understanding of Inclusive Design, how does it vary from different perspectives and how can Inclusive Design affect or relate to wellbeing, particularly for individuals with disabilities within the public built environment design?
When I embarked on my research degree, I was planning to do this quietly in the background with little noise, which I did. But the question lingered on and I thought, what if I do something about this, what if I am the one who put together a discussion between panels and public? But who do I think I am to do that? Even though I perform as a vocalist, putting myself out there without the bandmates and “musical shield” is an entirely different matter. Anxiety disorder, past traumas and bullying are something that I constantly push forward to overcome, this includes social and public engagement. The thought persisted and I said to myself, if I say that I am advocating for Inclusive Culture, then I need to do something about it, instead of just saying it. So, with the support of my supervisors, I am giving this a go.
Thank you ShawContract for sponsoring the event and Swinburne University (especially my supervisors, Dr Nanette Carter, Dr Kirsten Day and Prof Mark Taylor) for supporting this endeavour, as well as to the panels who generously volunteer their time to be part of this event. Thank you for Melbourne Design Week committee for giving this discussion a green light to become part of Melbourne Design Week 2020.
Stay tuned and in the meantime, the journey continues…
I was expecting a small turn-out and lots of cancellation on bookings on my first concert in 2020; given that it had fallen on Friday, 31st January at Lido Jazz, when the temperature reached 43 degrees (yikes!). With the number of cancelled trains and congestions, it was natural to be overtly realistic on how the night might turn out. So, it was sincerely heartwarming to see that people still come in to see our Quartet playing a mix of (mostly) french and jazz tunes. The place was full!
Thank you so much for coming down in one of the balmiest night. Thank you for Lido Jazz staff for looking after us and ensuring everybody has nice cool water (and libations!) and making sure the A/C works. It was indeed a great start for 2020.