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Kingston, Jamaica

Workshops

DREAMRIGHT Workshops and Presentations

Dreamright is my signature idea. It means that our right to dream is equivalent to our right to life. That no one is innately more deserving of realising his/her dream than another. Each letter in dreamright has a specific meaning and highlights some of the key principles/beliefs and actions that one needs to employ to achieve ‘success’. In my dreamright presentations I share stories that illustrate how these principles that changed my life have also been utilised by history’s great influencers. Other presentations are based on in-depth explorations of a single principle.

Experience: I have shared the principles of dreamright with more than ten thousand people across six countries and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Presentation

We will explore the causes and consequences of ACEs and some of the approaches and practices that can help survivors develop resilience and thrive. ACEs refer to traumatic experiences (poverty, physical/sexual abuse, emotional/physical neglect, community violence, peer victimisation etc.) that children go through. These experiences have harmful effects on children’s health and wellbeing, even when they become adults. ACEs are gateways to harmful practices such as suicide ideation, drug addiction, alcoholism, HIV–high–risk behaviour, and violence. People who have been exposed to ACEs are more likely to experience chronic depression, suffer from mental illnesses and struggle to learn.

Experience: I have spoken and written extensively about ACEs, including in my autobiographical MA thesis, poems and interviews, and in my forthcoming picture book, Rohan Bullkin Learns to Read.

Causes and Effects of Toxic Masculinity in Jamaica Presentation

We will reflect on the ways in which many Jamaican males’ socio–emotional and intellectual development are inhibited by constructs of toxic masculinity. These constructs include homophobia, misogyny and anti-intellectualism. We will examine how critical agents of socialisation (e.g. peers, family, dancehall, church) pressure boys and men to deplore any sign of femininity in ourselves, to prove our heterosexuality and how these demands constrain and ruin males’/ females’ lives, particularly the lives of children. We will also look at the link between the construction of masculinities and James Gillian’s concept of shame, and what men can do to relieve ourselves of shame and become more emotionally aware and mature.

Experience: I have written/spoken about the historical and religious events/beliefs that underpin Jamaica’s hyper–masculine culture and the negative impacts that this culture has had on my life and the lives of my peers.

Other Workshops and Presentations

I also do various workshops and presentations on issues relating to conflict and peacebuilding as well as one-one-coaching and keynotes on goal setting, creative visualisation and persistence.

There are a lot of inspirational speakers out there. Some move you to change your ways for a few days. Some get you to dream. And very few touch your heart with their sheer will to not only survive but thrive. This was the case for me when I heard Ghunta speak seven years ago.
Kate Chappell, Journalist