A story about overcoming discrimination with human strength and determination. Having your own plan, believing that it's the right thing to do. Knowing the difference between positive and negative role models and the impact they can have on your life.
In this episode Nina and her parents, inspired by the personal and positive way Raheem Sterling, Gillette and Football Beyond Borders tackle the sensitive issue of perceived differences, cover subjects such as role models in life, changing cultural attitudes and what it was like to be in a mixed-race relationship in Manchester in the late 1960s.
Today, more than ever, people need inspiration from others who come from the same places they do; people who have been through the same tough times, similar challenges, people who have held true to their values through success and failure alike.
The collaboration between Raheem Sterling, Gillette and Football Beyond Borders looks to sport for role models. As football fans Nina and her parents have watched Raheem Sterling become a voice and role model for equality and positivity. Nina asks her parents if they are disappointed that this should still be headline news 50 years after their own personal battle.
They talk about the time it really takes to see the impact of change, especially when changing mindsets and culture, and the strength required to remain positive when not everyone agrees with what you say and believe.
A Human Approach to Innovation and Change is fundamentally about inclusion, acceptance of differences, different opinions and all the heat and light that comes from that in order to collaborate on change that will truly make a difference.
Jean and Shaukat Dar
Jean and Shaukat Dar are Nina's parents. Shaukat is originally from Kenya and came to live in the UK in the 1960s where he met Jean, Nina's mum, at a big Stockport biscuit factory where Shaukat went on to work for 33 years. Jean was born in Withington, Manchester and worked at various places in the Stockport area. After raising their 3 daughters in Stockport, they are now enjoying retirement and live in Yorkshire. Shaukat is a keen golfer and plays 6 days a week whereas Jean enjoys walking without the distraction of having to hit a ball. She loves cooking and gardening.
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In this first season of The Change Troubleshooter podcast, Nina is joined by a variety of people in her discussions. They are people she has worked on projects with from various organisations and people who have worked for her. In episode 2 even her parents get to tell the story of their struggle to overcome the difficulties that being in a mixed race relationship posed in the late 1960s. There are 6 episodes which will be published at 2 week intervals. Each one is related to the overall theme of A Human Approach to Innovation and Change. Nina uses topical content as the centre point of the conversations with her guests.