TEDxBrighton 2017 | Mr Gee
This year at TEDxBrighton, spoken word poet, Mr. Gee will help us to understand how we use our talents and passions to contribute to building more positive and connected communities. We managed to catch-up with him before him taking the stage next week on 20th October.
Hey Mr Gee! Tell us a little bit about what you’ll be speaking about at TEDxBrighton this year?
I’ll be speaking on how I take Spoken Word Poetry into prisons and use it to inspire people to see beyond their immediate circumstances and find true value within themselves. I’m working with the title “How to find that winning Lottery ticket”. It’s based around a workshop that I led at Brixton prison.
Why do you think it’s important for people to hear about this?
From my extensive work in prisons up and down the UK, I hear several stories that focus around the idea of “being respected” and “Not being dissed”. I think that much of the rage that gets exhibited in society is down to a deep lack of self-love. Love is a word that most men do not generally like to speak about; self-love is an idea that can be quite difficult to convey to an inmate facing a long stretch. But I view self-love as the ‘winning Lottery ticket’ of life, it’s the key to Utopia.
This year’s theme is ‘Wonderland, Society’s Search for Utopia’ – what does the word ‘utopia’ mean to you and your line of work?
In my opinion Utopia isn’t a place, it’s a state of being. It’s the moment before the moment. It’s one breath away from the finishing line, it’s one heartbeat away from the ascent, it’s the nervous gulp before saying “I Love You” for the first time. Those are the moments that we should forever strive to reach, for those are the moments that make us whole.
Looking at the speaker line-up, who else are you interested in hearing talk this year?
I’m very interested in Stephen Day’s talk about how we can make renewable energy accessible for everyone. I’ve been recently involved in writing for a few climate change charities & have been researching into man’s influence on the environment.
Why do you think Brighton has proven to be such a welcoming and receptive audience for stories like yours?
I’ve always enjoyed performing in Brighton. I remember first performing at The Dome many years ago and the audiences were really responsive to my style of Spoken Word. Coastal towns have a different vibe to the land-locked cities. There’s something about being close to the water and being able to view an uninterrupted horizon that really embraces the idea of contemplating new perspectives.
Finally, what’s the one change you’d like to see in the lives of our audience this year, following your talk?
My hope is that the audience listen to my talk and see a small part of themselves within the words that I say. I’m a poet, so naturally I’m a dreamer and an eternal star gazer. But as everything rotates, the views of all our constellations change. I’m hoping that between me and the audience, there’ll be some alignment.