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We often talk about the power of the still photograph to raise awareness and how each one of us can use our storytelling skills to make a difference in the world. Today I invited Ed Kirwan on the show. Ed uses stills and a unique word to bring the attention of the viewer on social media and bring attention to homelessness. This is an important conversation, please share it.
There are lived experiences out there that can put our own lives in context. Often they are too far away or too far removed from our experience to feel relevant. I want to connect people with these amazing rich experiences of distant lives to help see their own in a new context and with this new insight, do their little bit to change the world. I capture these through photography, videography and storytelling.
My perception of other peoples lives was shaped by teaching teenagers in North London for 3 years. It ultimately opened my eyes to the huge injustices in the UK; wealth ultimately deciding education, health and success; it also showed me the power of words. Students, once I gained their trust, would take the words I said very seriously and literally. This is a huge responsibility and I decided to take advantage of this to ensure that these children left school as better humans and real members of society.
Teaching is where I found my passion for inspiring and influencing others to do good. I now focus on giving a voice to particularly rough sleepers in the UK as well as those trying to help them. Showing the person beyond the stigma, the motivations they have and the life they live. Once this public perception changes, homelessness can truly be ended. It seems an impossible up hill struggle but one which someone has to attempt.
I hope in future to focus on other lives, bringing influence to a variety of causes as well as becoming a credible, reputable public speaker - my biggest aspiration.
Links to Ed's Work
The Homeless World Cup 2018 Prequel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrIdDJ7V9W0&t=21sHomeless
World Cup Foundataion: https://www.edkirwan.co.uk/mexico-homeless-football-world-cup
Trailer of the project: https://www.facebook.com/edjkirwan/videos/926043154242467/