Hub Dot is about sharing your stories, which can be intimidating, especially in a small gossip-riddled, judgey community. In to that space, it’s upfulling to see something like Hub Dot Antigua, which provides space for women to share our stories, take root. Hub Dot Antigua is part of a global movement emphasizing connectivity (not networking) and inspiration (not grudgefulness). Watching the Hub Dot Antigua videos, you realize small as we are, fast as gossip flies, you don’t know the half – there are people you’ve still not met (even in a 108 square miles) and stories you don’t know about the ones you have. Watching and listening to the stories, within the vulnerability, there is a sense of exhilarating empowerment that comes across in these women’s voice as they tell their stories. The closest (non-art specific) comparison I can think of locally is a wellness retreat, organized by Marcella Andre of NIA Comms maybe a year or more ago (Sally Davis, see her clip below, was one of the sharers on that occasion too). With Hub Dot Antigua, of which past Wadadli Pen partner Brenda Lee Browne is co-convener (with Nicole Eastmond who actually brought Hub Dot to Antigua and invited Brenda and Sally to partner with her), this sharing moves daringly in to the public sphere. And it’s beautiful to see people fearlessly inhabiting and sharing their stories, isn’t it?
Here are some of my favourite soundbites.
“Sometimes we wait for some big jump or some big opportunity in our life; and sometimes it comes unexpectedly and so you just take small steps and people can come along the way, and it’s not until years later you look back and realize how far you’ve come.” – Lisa Farara
“Having a life of regrets is not life and you’re not living, you’re dying.” – Paula Jacobs
“My name is Brenda Lee and I am a bag lady.” – Brenda Lee Browne
“Value what you have, no matter how little; value who values you; know your value; and always be able to look in the mirror. Don’t let money be your motivator.” – Alison Sly-Adams
“Never lose sight of your dreams and purpose in life; follow your passion.” – Sally Davis
Makes you wonder right…if you did step up to the mic, what story (what truth) would you be telling? Makes me wonder.
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