London, UK – Our communities derive their strength from the people, the relationships between those people, and the willingness of those people to work together toward a common goal. Without that you can't do much at all. That's the foundation of community.
Lorlett Hudson is the founder of One Hand Can’t Clap, a London-based coaching practice dedicated to helping organizations and individuals in transition through leadership development.
"’One hand can't clap’ is a Jamaican proverb that means ‘No one individual can work by themselves,’” says Hudson. “If you're up to playing the big game of transforming the world and the future, you have to stand for something and inspire others, because you can’t do it by yourself.”
Much of Hudson’s work emphasizes the importance of mentors. This is especially relevant in her own community.
“In African-Caribbean communities, the older generation was always there,” says Hudson. “So you could always go to an aunt or an uncle's. They would be there for you to tap into. That generation is disappearing. It’s the breakdown of the extended family and family structure.”
“As a child, I grew up with storytelling. Storytelling is what connects people. Part of my work is connecting people and enabling them to create a community where they can share and benefit from the support of others.”
In response, Hudson has created Things Momma Used to Say, a box of cards with 52 Jamaican proverbs.
“I use it to connect people through storytelling. We remember them with a laugh, but they are a vital source of wisdom and everyday life skills,” says Hudson.
For more information on One Hand Can’t Clap, visit www.onehandcantclap.co.uk
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