ABOUT JAMES WANNERTON
It gives me great pleasure to introduce this inaugural issue of the new and exciting Journey Through The Senses magazine. This magazine will focus on the fascinating subject of neurodiversity and will feature cutting-edge articles and content on the arts, sciences, new technology, music, fashion – to name a few of the subjects to be covered. It will also provide a valuable platform for an open forum, bringing together the creative and the talented from all over the world.
My name is James Wannerton and I’m President of the UK Synaesthesia Association (UKSA) and Vice President of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists (IASAS) and I’ve been involved in synaesthesia and cross-modal sensory research for over two decades. Through my work at UKSA and IASAS, I am committed to raising the profile and general awareness of synaesthesia via media strands and art/science projects and collaborations. And I have experience in organising and collaborating on International art/science conferences and events across the globe
This ground-breaking “Journey Through The Senses” event presents a unique opportunity to engage with the public on a subject very close to my heart – the abundant richness of neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity embraces the concept that humans are not (neurologically speaking) one size fits all, and it entails recognising, understanding and celebrating everyone’s unique and different world view.
“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of, who do the things no one can imagine.” Alan Turing – “The Imitation Game”.
Some of the greatest achievers in human history have not only demonstrated amazing strengths and skills, but in many cases, they also had major personal challenges to deal with. We need to integrate neurodiversity into each of our standard educational systems, then embrace and promote diversity instead of marginalising it. This enlightened understanding will affect all our futures with an increasing requirement for diversity of thought to cope with whatever challenges may occur. A diverse mind possesses tremendous adaptational advantages.
Through my work at UKSA and my close connection within the International Synaesthesia Community, I have been fortunate enough to have met some of the most gifted individuals with amazing and unique abilities. Each of them highlighting that being different can be an advantage. This event in Santa Barbara gives me the opportunity to share some of these incredible people with you.
To achieve our vision, we have assembled a very talented team of people, each a specialist in their chosen field and they are all hard at work bringing on board various non-profits and departments at UCLA. Our goal is to produce a world-wide collaboration, later taking this event to London, Paris, Shanghai, and other major cities of the world and in the process, encouraging and inspiring collaboration
I’d love to hear from you – please feel free to email me : firstname.lastname@example.org. We openly invite members to submit short articles on fascinating topics. And don’t forget to follow the magazine on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook!