Kathy Scott is the founder of The Trailblazery, a cultural agency dedicated to 'creatively activating the spirit of our times' - ahead of their multicultural International Women's Day Gathering on March 8th, entitled Women Rising, she writes for Culture about 'making creative projects that weave human connection with conversation, music, performance, nature, wellbeing and cultural activism.'. 

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever." Steve Jobs

When I look backwards, I realise that I have always been a bit of a rebel with a cause. And now when I start to connect the dots I realize that my sense of purpose really comes alive in times of crisis and change.

I was developing a cultural project in Reykjavik when the Troika came to Ireland. Reading about my homeland from a distant shore felt like a blow to my heart. I found myself dreaming about sovereignty and bailouts and the Celtic Tiger. So just like any family crisis I bought a ticket home to pay my respects. I will never forget the wash of shame I experienced at Heathrow airport as I waited for the last flight to Dublin with only the vitriolic headlines of the Britsh tabloid press for company. On the plane, a headline from a leftover copy of The Irish Times read Was it for this? and I was reminded of the title of my Icelandic friend Andri Snær Magnason’ s book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation.

I felt moved to do something.

The Trailblazery was founded in 2011 as a cultural agency dedicated to creatively activating the spirit of our times so that we can take better care of ourselves, of each other and of this place we call home. At its heart, The Trailblazery is about human connection and belonging. We champion people who blaze trails and nudge humanity forward one story at time. We have initiated many creative projects like the ireland: iceland project, Rites of Passage, We Need to Talk about Ireland, Census of the Heart and Freedom. We have gone on tour around Ireland inhabiting government buildings, historic prisons, decommissioned courthouses, masonic lodges, university campuses, abandoned warehouses, festival fields and sacred spaces. Looking back over the years I am are struck by the thousands of people we have witnessed share their inner intimate worlds of despair, hope, heartbreak, humour, vulnerability and courage.

Right now as a human species we are being reminded on a daily basis of the fragility of this place we call home.

People who blaze trails help us to imagine new ways of being human by challenging the status quo and disrupting narratives that no longer serve us. Trailblazers accept the call to adventure, leave the ordinary world, face their fear and return transformed with stories that can help to change our shared experience for the better.

Right now as a human species we are being reminded on a daily basis of the fragility of this place we call home. As the systems and structures we live in are shifting and straining we are being called as 'ancestors in training' to look beyond ourselves and beyond the arrow of time. At The Trailblazery we answer that call by making creative projects that weave human connection with conversation, music, performance, nature, wellbeing and cultural activism.

In the wake of #MeToo and #Repeal, we initiated Moon Medicine as a live experiential gathering for women’s empowerment in Ireland. In the light of Extinction Rebellion and the Climate Crisis, we curated an immersive Solstice rewilding experience in the heart of the Dublin Mountains. In 2020 we launched a global academy in the form of an online training programme for women which has expanded our Irish circle to include women from all over the world.

People who blaze trails help us to imagine new ways of being human by challenging the status quo and disrupting narratives that no longer serve us.

Right now as a human species we are being reminded on a daily basis of the fragility of this place we call home. As the systems and structures we live in are shifting and straining we are being called as 'ancestors in training' to look beyond ourselves and beyond the arrow of time. At The Trailblazery we answer that call by making creative projects that weave human connection with conversation, music, performance, nature, wellbeing and cultural activism.

Kathy Scott (bottom left) with her Women Rising guests

Next up is Women Rising, a unique International Women’s Day Gathering on March 8th at the famous Pillar Room within the Rotunda Hospital site. We have joined forces with our friends at Herstory to celebrate some inspiring international trailblazing women activists living in Ireland today. Women Rising features guest luminaries including Melanie Lynch (Herstory), Razan Ibraheem (Irish-Syrian journalist and feminist and UN refugee speaker) and Salome Mbugua (researcher, gender equality activist and human rights advocate).

We will also be joined by our musician-in-residence artist, Afro-Irish singer and songwriter Tolü Makay. Together, they will share their stories as women from a range of cultural backgrounds who are advocating for social justice, gender equality and human rights in the world right now. I hope you can join us.

Find out more about The Trailblazery and Women Rising here.