Drawing diversity

One of the amazing benefits of scribing is that it captures a diversity of voices and points of view on the scribing wall. As we've said before, it puts people, who might not otherwise be heard, on the map.

And, so, scribing was a tailor-made fit for Channel 4's 2017 D.I.V.E.R.S.E Festival; an event that promotes diversity in the broadcasting industry, both on and off-screen. We sent our scribe, Rachel, to the C4 offices for a day of client-cartography.

The day was structured around three main panel discussions. The first invited the UK's main broadcasters to deliver their different diversity initiatives, while the second saw representatives from music and advertising industries talk about inclusivity in the workplace. The final 'Trailblazers in Society' panel asked a board of role models and campaigners to discuss their groundbreaking work in combating prejudice.

The uber cool C4 studios were matched by an incredible bill of speakers. Transgender radio DJ, Stephanie Hirst, told her story, followed by an interview with Breaking Bad actor, RJ Mitte. Smack the Pony actress (and legend), Sally Phillips, gave a funny and moving talk about disability, and the day concluded with a beautiful rendition of Hamlet from actor, Tommy Jessop, who has Down's syndrome.

Our Twitter feed was saturated with tweets and re-tweets as people took photographs of Rachel's artwork throughout the day. And you only have to glance at the final scribe to see why it struck a chord.

The scribing wall, once again, proved the perfect place for a diversity of opinions to be seen and heard.