Microreports Reports

Connection and Stories


Reported by Mat

Published on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

Creativity
Microreports Reports

Connection and Stories


Written by Mat

Published on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

Creativity

The cultural influence on me of growing up in Nigeria has fuelled a lifelong, borderline pathological desire in me to join the dots. All my favourite things are based on connection.

Travel is the connection of one place to another. Culture is a union of creative elements that adds up to something more than the simple sum of its parts. And history provides a narrative to connect those places via a timeline that can only be accessed through the words of others.

Above all these ways of connecting, be it song, dance or making love, are the words we use to describe and tell each other about it all. You see the thing, above all else, that makes us human are our words and the stories we fashion around them. We tell stories about who we are and we are the product of the stories we tell. We are our stories and they are what connect us all. 

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Written by Mat


Mat came to Groundswell in 2018 after several years as a volunteer for the Pavement Magazine where he is now Deputy Editor. Part of his role at the Pavement was to help deliver ‘From the Ground Up’, a partnership between the Pavement and Groundswell that taught core journalism skills to people with lived experience of homelessness. As a Project Officer he continues to develop his one on one interview skills and runs focus groups all over the country. Mat’s involved in all parts of the research process, helping to produce: research frameworks; the foundation questions for semi-structured qualitative interviews and focus groups,; the content of quantitative surveys and data analysis. He also has experience of speaking at conferences, working on grant applications, podcast production and as a consultant for film production.

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