The DBCs of Making A Global Impact In Today's World by Tayo Rockson

“Traveling the world is one of the greatest things you can ever do for yourself. It will shatter all illusions, stereotypes, and notions you have of the world and the people in it. You will unlearn, learn, and relearn things you will never discover through a book, a classroom, or a degree. It will humble you, shake you, wake you up. It will seep into your pores and find its way to your heart, and it will find it fast. The veil over your vision will come off and you will experience things that fringe over magic. And you will never ever be the same again in the best way possible. So do yourself a favor, and just buy that d**n plane ticket.” ~ Satori

By the age of 17, I had lived in five different countries and four different continents. Several words even though they sound the same mean two different things and invoke two different emotions. You know them?



My point is I’m a minority everywhere I go even in my passport country but when faced with the option of celebrating my difference or conforming to what was considered the norm, I chose to celebrate my difference and I haven't looked back since.

You see growing up everywhere the way I did, I initially had an identity crisis. You know. Who am I?

Why am I not like them?

Why is my accent different?

But I came to realize that there is true beauty in our world. I also came to realize that even though the world is full of differences, many of us use these differences to drive people apart. With this realization, all of a sudden I had a sense of purpose. I saw my identity crisis as a gift. I saw my difference as an opportunity to show the world that there is beauty in having the mindset of a nomad. Not only in the way it opens our minds but also in the perspectives it gives us.

Many of today’s world’s problems today are caused because of people’s unwillingness to accept change whether it’s race, religion or ethnic background. Why can’t we use OUR DIFFERENCES to make a DIFFERENCE."

I believe there are 3 ways we can do this. It’s what I like to call the DBC. Read more here.

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How To Use Your Difference Make A Difference As Someone In Global Transition

Last weekend I was in DC for the annual FIGT conference and it was such a beautiful experience because I got to meet people that I had been interviewing, talking to and collaborating with for the past year and it was such a thrill. When someone asked me what the experience was like, you know speaking at my first conference about something I am so passionate about. I told her that it was such a rush. I went from being nervous pacing around the venue prior to the speech to feeling and amazing surge of energy right before the speech to relief that I had jus delivered the speech without mistakes to being humbled by people clapping at something I had just said for six minutes and thirty seconds. I've never quite felt anything like it but I honestly feel like this type of conversation is more of what we need to have in today's society. 

We need to learn how to celebrate and embrace our differences.

Defeating the "supposed to" syndrome

Breaking down the "Berlin Walls" that exist today and

Connecting in a digital age.

DBC. Here's the speech.

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The Importance of Finding Common Ground In Different Cultures

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Nathaniel Boyle of The Daily Travel Podcast and we talked about different ways to navigate different cultures by finding common ground and how it open's one's mind so I just wanted to share with you all! Hope you are keeping warm if you're experiencing this harsh winter that North America and Europe is experiencing and I hope you are enjoying the warm weather if you're in the warmer regions. Here is the interview. Hope you enjoy it!

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Tales From Germany, England, NYC & Hollywood with Sheila Scott Wilkinson

I really enjoyed this episode with Shiela! It was like story time for me hearing her recount all her experiences. Shiela Scott-Wilkinson is the Founder, Executive Director and Artistic Director of Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First (TOHYF), where she oversees day-to-day operations.

Prior to her work with Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First, Scott-Wilkinson studied and worked in Europe, where she became an acclaimed actress of the stage and screen. Scott-Wilkinson completed training at the Frankfurt Conservatory of Music in Frankfurt, Germany, and the London Drama Center, England. While in Europe, Scott-Wilkinson starred in numerous stage productions at the famed National Theater of London, such as David Hare’s Map Of The World. Scott-Wilkinson also starred in a number of productions in theatres throughout England, such as London’s Royal Court Theater, the Welsh National Theater, the Liverpool Playhouse, the Theater Royal in Windsor, and many theatres throughout the West End of London. Scott-Wilkinson starred in Peter Nichols’ The National Health, a feature film shot for Columbia Pictures. She starred in three television series: Diamond Crack Diamond (London Weekend Company), Special Branch, and Marked Personal (Thames T.V.). She received the Best Actress award by the Jamaican International Film Festival in 1977 for her role in Pressure, the first black feature film shot in England for the British Film Institute. She received two DramaLogue Critics Awards for her work as an actress in The Book Of The Crazy and Jack Jackson’s Piano Bar, performed at the Skylight Theater, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Cultural Center. Scott-Wilkinson is regarded as one of the major talents of British and American theater, and her work is mentioned in Michael Billing’s The Modern Actor and Katherine Worth’s Revolutions In The Modern English Drama and At The Royal Court: 25 Years Of The English Stage Company.

Highly concerned with social issues, Scott-Wilkinson was actively involved in fundraising for the Royal National Institute for the Blind between projects in England. Later, after returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles, Scott-Wilkinson’s professional interests turned to the community, particularly regarding youth arts education. She served as a Program Coordinator for Artsreach from 1987-1998 where she taught, designed, developed, and implemented arts programming for Arts-in-Correction and for incarcerated youth at Nelles School for Boys. In response to the severe civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992, she established the Youth First Artist-In-Residence Program to prevent and intervene in youth-on-youth violence. In 1995, for her innovative city- and county-wide program design, Scott-Wilkinson received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles, and a State of California Resolution. In 1997 she was awarded a Fellowship by the Eureka Foundation. Scott-Wilkinson was a three-year recipient of a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence individual grant to teach theater at the William Grant Still’s Arts Center for youth ages 9-16. Scott-Wilkinson participates on the initial Steering Committee for Arts for All, the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education with the Los Angeles County Office of Education Community Arts Team. Most recently, Scott Wilkinson was invited to participate in the Los Angeles Arts Commission Arts Leadership Initiative, the Executive Learning Group. She continues to pursue her passion for Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First, which has served over 93,000 youth to date and is one of the most successful youth arts education organizations in Los Angeles.

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