Stakeholders of Barbadian Diaspora launch “Barbados Forward Thinkers” #barbados #greatbritain #england #caribbean #diaspora
The offices of The Barbados High Commission in London were flung open on Saturday 24th March to welcome Barbadians of all ages but specifically young adults.
The occasion was “Barbados Forward Thinkers” an event that came to fruition as a result of a report in November 2011 by Venessa Denny a Community consultant, after the annual Independence panel discussion. Amongst the recommendations made in her report was the need to capture a younger Barbadian audience and to put Barbados back on the map and in the minds of this element of society.
The purpose of Saturday’s event was to consult, engage and get feedback from the 2nd and 3rd generation British Barbadians, people that have an interest in Barbados and residents of Barbados living in the United Kingdom; it was about starting to produce a strong foundation to create a “Bajan” legacy “for the future.” This event consisted of a program of workshops, and a feed back Q & A panel discussion.
Stakeholders in the Diaspora know that is in their interest to ensure that this group is well educated and have marketable skills. In this changing global market place, companies are on the lookout for talented and skilled youngsters who are able to see the world through more than one cultural lens and who have the flexibility and adaptability to help them penetrate the fast growing emerging markets. They must make the most of their dual heritage and should be a part of a “Bajan” network in a way that could help their careers.
The event was well attended. One of the attendees Author of “Lynch’s Road” D.D. Armstrong, proposed the creation of a brand or logo, a hub for the community that Barbadians in the Diaspora will be able to tap into. The consensus of those present was in agreement.
The coming event in Birmingham called “A Lil bit of Bim” on Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend is seen as a Barbados Heritage day and is the next step in embracing all members of the Barbadian Diaspora in a family setting.
The organisers hope that Saturday’s event will become the template for a programme which will be rolled out across the UK in the coming months and culminate in the Network Diaspora conference in Barbados in August where the focus will be on Youth.