Gareth Jenkins
Design Leadership

Community

 
 

Community

I believe in better.

I've freely shared a significant part of my life mentoring, teaching and building communities as a central part of who I am (I work best when I'm alongside people who believe in the same - is that you?).

 
 

Show and tell

I started this event as a way of sharing stories among Trinidad's disparate, often disconnected creative communities. We would clear out our studio, pack away the computers and host every month or so. Two speakers, selected seemingly at random, spoke for 15 minutes about their passion. Beekeepers, Rum makers and Chocolatiers rubbed shoulders with Poets, Artists and Musicians. About 200+ people would turn up for each event, and the afterparty would go on until the wee hours.

 

Picture House

If something doesn't exist and I think it should, I'll make it happen - either by reaching into my own pocket, or by bringing partners and sponsors on board. Case in point: the absence of outdoor classic cinema in the Caribbean. It started in (and quickly outgrew) my backyard, leading me to bring on board a friend's projection company; a co-working space that I co-founded; and music and food. A great atmosphere, great films, and always free and easy with crowd numbers varying from 250 (La Haine) to 30 (Waltz With Bashir - amazing film, total buzzkill). Excuse the picture quality below: it's hard to play host, DJ and photographer at the same time!

 

Plastikeep

For two years I was an active board member for this plastic waste education, collection and recycling NGO (the only one of its kind in the country). You'd think that in the 21st Century plastic recycling would be a given - sadly not. Public attitudes, governmental intransigence, and funding squeezes brought with them a hugely challenging environment that we threw ourselves at.

Sigh. Photo: Plastikeep

Sigh.
Photo: Plastikeep

Trinidad has some wonderful beaches and some shocking attitudes towards the environment. Photo: Plastikeep

Trinidad has some wonderful beaches and some shocking attitudes towards the environment.
Photo: Plastikeep

Getting plastic recycling going in the Caribbean is akin to swimming up a waterfall. Plastikeep managed to do it. Photo: Trinidad Newsday

Getting plastic recycling going in the Caribbean is akin to swimming up a waterfall. Plastikeep managed to do it.
Photo: Trinidad Newsday