Co-Founder of Alternative Education.
Rodney’s enthusiasm for philosophy and psychology has spurred him to question the underpinnings of politics and the perceptions surrounding mental health. Combining these interests with technology, he has conducted research around the importance of social media to politics, how big data can lead to changes in mental health, and more.
As an Associate Product Manager, his approach to tackling issues is an amalgamation of the technical skills gained from his PPE BSc and Big Data MSc, and soft skills developed through his interactions at various places of work.
When not working on Alt Ed – which includes consulting, running mental health workshops, speaking at events, developing the website – he can be found reading a new book, drawing, behind a camera, or involved in music.
What does diversity mean to you?
To me, diversity means recognising and including people from all backgrounds, providing each and every one with the same opportunities to succeed. It is important that most spaces are representative of the population and that each person can feel like they have an equal chance of succeeding, and actually having the chance.
What inspired you to start your journey?
I was inspired to start my work around mental health mainly as a result of the experiences of those around me. In most places (university, financial sector, etc.) I have been, I have seen little focus on mental health, nor any opportunities for people receive good support or to support each other. So, I decided to make a change.
Who is your favourite artist?
I don’t have a favourite artist, but an artist who I respect and appreciate their music a lot is Kendrick Lamar. In a number of his songs, you can feel the emotions behind it. His journey, which has been documented, shows how hard he has worked and how committed he has been.
Which books changed your life?
A book that has a significant impact on my life is The Outsider/Stranger by Albert Camus. That book reminded me of how limited our time on earth is and how things can change at any moment. The routines we have set in place aren’t necessarily conducive to a “fulfilling” life, yet we also need routine to achieve certain things. I took a lot more thoughts out of the book, but they’re a bit more morbid.