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Communication professionals in London

I went to two events this week that were worth the time. The first, on Weds 30th November, was for independent consultants and hosted in Bermondsey by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA). Two speakers brought different perspectives on the evening’s theme ‘The Body Achieves What the Mind Believes.’ Author Michael Townsend Williams urged us to pay more attention to our breathing especially in the midst of trying daily work situations. He should know something about stress having worked in advertising at Saatchi’s. The second speaker, Ruth Butah, emphasised the importance of attitude, focus and determination to reach goals,…

Niger, Communications and UNICEF

  Back in 2010 when I was working there as a communications specialist for UNICEF, Niger was facing a humanitarian crisis – a severe food crisis bordering on famine. Drought and high food prices had hugely distressed Nigeriens, especially outside the capital, Niamey: villagers such as the pastoralist pictured below (name withheld) and the two Tuareg men were seeing their livestock dying off because of the lack of food. ‘This year there was so little rain during the growing season that not only did the fields of millet not bloom, but the secondary greens used for animal fodder also failed.’* By…