Colin and Rupert continued their MapGap.org trip around London, this time focusing upon the City of London, which has it’s own Lord Mayor. The goal is to find one or more corporate or philanthropic partners who will donate £38,880 in total to the cause, so that a much greater effort can be made to launch a mapping programme in the United Kingdom and Ethiopia to illustrate sustainable employment solutions.
The first visit of the day was to Nomura International, to deliver the Christmas card and present of some to an old friend of Rupert’s there. Amanda and Valentina on the desk sent us off to see Jenny in the mailroom.
We then walked past the London Guildhall and had a “light bulb moment” in earlier times vocational education was intimately associated with the City Guilds, or clubs of working people, where youth would apprentice and gain a trade and then either join or start a small business.
It was only later these Guilds evolved away from their original apprenticeship traditions and became corporate networking groups. Our question: “No disrespect to current functions, but don’t we need the original purpose back ??”
Next to the Guildhall where we saw a shiny reflective advertisement by the 685th Lord Mayor of The City of London, Roger Gifford, who is also a London banker. It reads:-
“The City is a part of society, and not apart from it.”
We agreed on the spot with this idea.
On reflection, a socio-economic map about vocational education, or other drivers for sustainable job creation, is a pretty good mirror to show how society can see a reflection of itself – and as needed take action.
Perhaps we shall pop over to see the current Lord Mayor Fiona Wolf at Mansion House and leave her a note with that questioning thought, together with the map that GMA made of the UK.
Leaving the City of London, we went to Canary Wharf, an area that has seen a transformation from run-down docklands into one of London’s premier financial areas – we further discussed how we’d like to bring about the same kind of radical change, but with our young unemployed people starting businesses that give them a job for life and add value by some day employing others.
Arriving at Canary Wharf, we went to see JP Morgan, but it was not possible to leave a present with the named CEO, that we presented to Modestiasis the man on the desk. It was a deep mystery. Anyhow, we smiled and pressed on.
Next we went to see MetLife, at One Canada Square one of the tallest UK buildings. The young lady at the desk Asha, kindly took our present and card for Dominic Grimstead.
On to HSBC to see Stuart Gulliver, which proved a pass-the-parcel, us being the parcel. We started with Paula who kindly handed us over to Kevin with a clip-board. Kevin then disappeared for a few minutes, bur reappeared to direct us to a Courier Office. We turned up and waited whilst the man behind the glass smiled and told us to wait and then a kindly lady Jackie turned up awhile later and took the parcel.
Then off to Barclays, and on the way stopped at “Jamies Italian.” Mr Jamie Oliver, if you are reading this, we owe you a tin of beans and two pieces of white sliced bread, and we’d love to share with you how we think we can help defeat unemployment poverty in the UK and Ethiopia. Be fun to discuss this over dinner.
Barclays Bank was the next port of call, to see Antony Jenkins. However the German lady at the desk, Cheryl took good care of us, and sent us to the Mail Room. We then sat down and had lunch at Pret A Manger, which was rather good. Colin recounted to Rupert his own experience of being young and unemployed in London and how difficult it was to find a job. Indeed, many of his friends are vastly over-qualified for the jobs they do have and many have qualifications and no work of any kind.
Next Credit Suisse, at which point the heavens opened and we got wet. The Swiss miss at the desk sent us down into the bowels of the building, where we got completely lost in the well-lit underground car park, being finally rescued by the Nigerian guard in a golf trolley. During our moment with this person, the subject of “419 Scams” or “Advance Fee Fraud” came up and we wondered how when youth are shut out of legitimate employment, this can often be the result… in the absence of more sustainable enterprise…
The cavernous Clifford Chance office next, to see David Childs, and Eva at the desk helped us out, sending us to Khalid on security, who took the parcel with a big smile.
Passing a wild horse sculpture we went on to Citi Group to see James Cowles. Again, another trip downstairs in the bowels of the building where a chap called Robert scanned the beans and dutifully promised to deliver everything to James upstairs.
Finally we doubled back to see The Economist and John Macklethwait the Editor. It took a little bit of persuasion of the man on the gate, and Rupert handed over the present and Christmas card.
The sun was coming out as we sauntered back to the tube station. It felt good to have blitzed Canary Wharf in a remarkably short time.
We hope that those living in this beautiful clean space will consider partnering with the Global MapAid which includes Desmond Tutu, to help clarify the vision of society to help those less well off get their own small businesses going, and ultimately help their communities and through them, all of us.
Our communities are now so globalised, from the UK to Ethiopia, the six degrees of freedom that join us are squeezed ever closer due to technological advances. No community is really separate from any other any more – realising the need to help one another, the more urgent.