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Jamaican attorney for Arthur Guinness summit

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Joan Webley (centre) is the picture of happiness as she celebrates with Racquel Nevins (left), brand manager, Guinness, and Jodi Hylton, consumer planning and trade development executive.

On September 16, Arthur Guinness Projects, in partnership with Ashoka, announced the launch of the Makers of More Summit. Taking place in the Oval Space, East London, on Thursday, October 16, the Makers of More Summit will be a unique and interactive experience that will convene social entrepreneurs and hundreds of changemakers from around the world. The summit will highlight the work of those who are developing concrete solutions to the world's most pressing social and environmental problems.

Chaired by Emily Kasriel from BBC World Service, with up to 250 guests in attendance, the Makers of More Summit will feature inspiring social entrepreneurs from Kenya, Singapore, Indonesia, the United Kingdom (UK), and Jamaica's Webley of Nanook Enterprises in Jamaica.

Webley, an attorney, will play a major role at the forum in the United Kingdom to launch the Arthur Guinness Fund (AGF) global programme.

"Joan Webley is a fitting candidate to be among the five renowned speakers at the UK forum. Herself a 'maker of more', she epitomises what the Arthur Guinness Projects are all about. Her association with AGF has been phenomenal. She was one of the first 10 individual awardees in 2012 and since then, she has been part of the global visibility drive and a member on the 2013 local panel of judges. So we know she will be a great ambassador for local social entrepreneurs as well as for Jamaica," says brand manager Guinness, Racquel Nevins.

Webley, who will speak on the topic "What is Creativity without Vision?" said: "I was extremely surprised and delighted to be selected for this opportunity. The AGF is the first grant to have assisted in the development of Nanook and I have remained grateful to the Guinness team for the contribution ... . The grant was actually used last year to stage the pilot programme that became the creative hub and lounge," Webley said.

Creative industries

"I will be speaking about what Nanook is doing to help move local creative industries forward, such as our programmes, services and advocacy work, and will be inviting them to Jamaica to experience our culture and encouraging them to consider investing in Jamaican talent and creative industries," Webley said.

Over the last four years, the partnership between Arthur Guinness projects and Ashoka has helped make a difference to the lives of up to 20 million people through the work of 30 dedicated social entrepreneurs in 12 countries.

Webley's passion for music has shaped her career. She worked in the entertainment industry in Australia for three years, first as a junior publicist and booking agent while she trained to be a barrister, and later, representing film-makers on copyright issues after being admitted to legal practice. Returning to Jamaica in 2008, Webley has been steadily training and implementing other developmental initiatives.

Drawing on her experience in entertainment law, Webley set up Nanook Enterprises to help talented musicians, film-makers and writers make a living from their art. Nanook Enterprises is based on Burlington Avenue, St Andrew, and is home to the Creative Industries' Resource Centre & Learning Environment (CIRCLE), a one-stop shop for budding Jamaican artistes, offering business and legal advice, training, and support. The CIRCLE also has its own recording studio and performance space and facilitates the provision of key services at industry rates.

Website: nanookonline.com

Twitter: @iamnanook