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Barbados’ Forward Thinkers

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THE BARBADOS High Commission in central London recently played host to Barbadians of all ages as they looked to create a legacy for the future.

The event, called Barbados Forward Thinkers, was the result of a report published in November 2011 by community consultant Venessa Denny.

Amongst the recommendations made in the report was the need to capture a younger Barbadian audience and raise the international profile of the country.

One of the key goals behind the event was to consult, engage and get feedback from second and third generation British Barbadians, those that have an interest in the island and residents of Barbados living in the United Kingdom about how to achieve this goal.

TWO’S COMPANY: Tyrone Roach, public relations officer for NCBA with community consultant Venessa Denny

The day consisted of a programme of workshops, feedback, and a question and answer panel discussion.

Amongst those attending the high profile event was High Commissioner Hugh A. Arthur.

The keynote speech was made by Tyrone Roach of the National Council of Barbadian Associations (NCBA), who spoke about the importance of connectedness and the power of networking.

INTEREST: Attendees at the Barbados Forward Thinkers forum

It was announced that during the upcoming Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend an event called A Lil Bit of Bim would look to embrace members of the Barbadian Diaspora in a family setting.

The event’s organisers told the audience that Barbados Forward Thinkers would provide a template for a programme which will be rolled out across the UK in the coming months, culminating in the network Diaspora conference in Barbados in August where the focus will be on youth.

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