Brilliant Routes: Digital Self-Care

About this event

Brilliant Routes sessions are monthly events to share strategies and learnings from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse leaders.

Unfortunately for many leaders of colour (particularly women) social media has not proved to be a safe space. Whether highlighting critical issues, supporting causes or missing a penalty, the backlash can be fierce.We often find ourselves trolled at a higher rate to other groups and while social media can be useful to instigate cultural change, the toll to our mental health prevents many entering the space freely. However social media can also be a powerful convening force. This session explores both sides of the coin. We will explore learnings from a recent twitter flashpoint that opened up an important cultural conversation but exacted a high price on the women of colour who heroically brought the issue to our attention. We'll also explore learnings from a successful social media campaign and pick up tips from a Digital Defense expert on ways to stay safe.

Who is this event for?

All Brilliant Routes sessions are for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leaders only.


Payment is Pay-What-You-Decide. Suggested minimum amount £5.

About the Speakers

Seyi Akiwowo is a multi-award winning founder and CEO of a newly formed charity, Glitch. Glitch’s mission is to awaken a generation of digital citizens equipped to create and demand for safe online spaces for all. Akiwowo founded the charity during her time as a local politician in East London (2014-2018), after she faced hideous online abuse and violence. Using her lived experience and expertise, Seyi co-designs practical solutions with Governments, NGOs, UN Human Rights Council and tech companies to protect public online public spaces from hate and abuse. In 2020 George Washington University appointed Seyi a Knight Fellow of the Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics and also sits on the Guardian Council of Yoti. Before Glitch, Seyi was elected as the youngest Black female Councillor in East London at age 23 and now has over 10 years experience working in government and policy and the charity sectors both in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Seyi has delivered talks at TEDx London, European Parliament, The United Nations and has written several critical pieces for the Telegraph, Marie Claire and Huffington Post. She’s also London School of Economics Alumni and Gates Foundation Global Goalkeeper.

Sunny Singh is Professor of Creative Writing and Inclusion in the Arts. A globally acclaimed, critically renowned novelist and internationally reputed academic of the arts and social sciences, her output transcends academia and extends into public discourse and advocacy. Recognised as pre-eminent decolonial public intellectual, she is today one of the UK’s leading champions for inclusion across all aspects of society.

She is the founder of the game changing Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour as well as the Jhalak Art Residency for Artists of Colour.

Sara Haq is an artist, photographer, sacred medicine practitioner, writer and workshop facilitator, based in London, UK. Her work is multi & interdisciplinary in approach. The content is always reflective of personal experience and processes and often explores intercultural relationships, power dynamics, transformation and the interactions between art and social change, eg. The use of photography, drawing, movement and imagination as healing tools.

Her recent experiential research, explores the relationships between creativity, healing, sacred medicine and (cultural) psychosis. Sara has exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.

Recent notable commissions include: 10th Berlin Biennale, Wellcome Collection, Bethlem Gallery, Institute of Inner Vision, London College of Communication, Laure Genillard, Tate Modern, The British Library, Daily Life Ltd and Bromley By Bow Centre, Alexia Goethe Gallery, Artangel, Studio Voltaire, National Maritime Museum, Anxiety Festival, and digital visual dairy project #1000 Happy Days (2014-2017) currently at the Wellcome Collection.

Refunds on customer cancellations

We do not offer refunds and are not able to transfer bookings to other events for bookings made and subsequently cancelled by the customer.

Postponement or cancellations By Clore Leadership

Clore Leadership reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event if necessary. This will only be under exceptional circumstances and Clore Leadership will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible. In this instance your place will either be automatically transferred to another course or a refund will be issued.