We’re counting down the days until we escape this hideous London weather for Grenada’s (hopefully) sunny climes. We fly into Grenada on 9 March but in the meantime here’s a behind the scenes look at what’s been going here at Grenada 40 in recent days.

After spending the first few months of 2014 building this site, growing our social media presence and researching the list of potential rising stars we figured it was time to take a step back and consider how to take a more strategic approach to the whole project. It’s not the most glamorous of activities but it’s surprising  how much more head space you free up when you know you have a handle on the nitty gritty.

What’s coming next

On the flip side this week has also been about making connections. We’ve had exciting conversations with a couple of Grenadians in the UK about tentative plans for an event in London this summer that should be of interest to many of the individuals featured on this site. We’d love to say more but, for now, We’ve been sworn to secrecy but promise to share more as soon as we can.

It wasn’t until Friday that we found time to escape the office; the afternoon was spent talking to an inspiring young historian, Shantelle George, who’ll be featured on these pages soon. Saturday started much earlier than anyone would’ve liked with a 10am conference entitled the Power of Cooperation at Westminster University and the discussions provided much food for thought that we’re keen to feed into our approach to making social change happen.

Even more interesting, however, was our conversation with Trinidadian international development scholar, Keston Perry, whose research on the challenges and opportunities for developing the industrial capability of small island states will undoubtedly have much to offer the Caribbean region as a whole.

Your suggested nominees

This week has also seen a good number of nominations coming in including KizzyAnn Abraham and Ruel Edwards in Grenada and Lee Hazzard in the UK. We’ll be making contact with these guys soon so a big thanks to those of you who have taken time to nominate so far!

And of course, how could we forget the milestone of publishing the first of our 40 under 40 stars. We were so honoured to be able to interview Now Grenada founder Nigel Mathlin and his life and work really set the bar for the remaining 39. Looking forward to what next week has to bring and to finally seeing the sun!


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