I’m Ruth and Here To Islington have asked me to share a bit about my experience with the project so far.
I first stumbled across Here To Islington at the Angel Canal Festival back in 2012 and, with the help of the Here To Photomatic Machine, shared with the team my secret skill: finding out things. I was pleasantly surprised to see a project of this nature and was keen to get more involved in running it as a Here To Wizard.
Since then, I have helped out on two of Here To Islington’s events: one at the Town Hall and the other being the launch of the website at Platform earlier this year. On both occasions, this involved getting hands on, meeting and greeting people, telling them about Here To Islington and getting them to put themselves through the Here To Photomatic Machine. I even pioneered the very first Here To wizard hat!
I have really enjoyed expanding my knowledge base lending a hand with Here To and using/testing the skills I have acquired throughout my career.
Helping out at Here To events has enabled me to master the art of persuading people to get involved with a new project (even if it requires them to pose for a picture!) and has also improved my ability to work as part of a team as I tend to naturally lead from the front.
Taking part in Here To events has also given me a good excuse to be out of the house, which has helped keep my spirits up and must have saved me a good deal on my electricity bill!
I continue to be excited by the huge amount of potential I can see in Here To Islington. I believe that Here To needs to make it as easy as possible for people to ‘trip over it’ as I did back in 2012, and I am looking forward to helping that happen by giving regular feedback. I also think it would be great to think of ways the Here To Wizards can work more collaboratively to spread the word about Here To.
If you would like to know more about Here To and what it’s like to be involved, I will be at The Cally Festival on Sunday 8 September with the team.
Do drop by and say hello!