Tara & Nick An Interview with Nick Wright – Tara Parker, Open Discussion USA.
Nick, I saw you that posted a blog on your website recently about Martin Luther King’s eulogy, the speech he made the day before he was shot dead. MLK was clearly an inspiration to you. What would you want to include in your own eulogy?
Yes, following MLK’s pattern: I hope someone would say that I tried to follow Jesus; that I tried to make a difference in the lives of the poorest, most vulnerable and oppressed in the world; that I tried to influence public discourse on issues that mattered.
On that latter point, you are a prolific writer with over 100 articles published and countless blogs in coaching, OD and social change arenas. Is there anything you’ve written that best express who you are, that you’d like to be read out in your own eulogy?
Yes, I wrote a piece in 2020 during the Covid19 pandemic called ‘Clash of Realities’. Someone responded then that it sounded like I was shouting and crying at the same time. That is how I felt. I’m glad I wrote it. I hate that the poor are so vulnerable.
That piece expressed very clearly the passion you hold for social justice, particularly for the poorest people in the world. It’s rare to read something with such conviction. Where does that passion come from, and how has it influenced your life and career?
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As a child, I was an animal rights activist. In my teenage years, that shifted to anti-Nazi activism. When I found Jesus, it propelled my life into work with charities, NGOs and other social change agents and sectors, in the UK and internationally.
You’re a qualified psychological coach, trainer and OD consultant. You’re also a qualified TESOL tutor, you trained as a Baptist minister and are part of an active Christian bikers’ group. That’s a pretty a mixed portfolio. How does it all fit together?
I guess that’s true. The core components are people and groups, with work that focuses on spiritual, personal and social transformation. My guiding principles are prayer, presence and participation. Those strands weave through everything I am and do.
OK, Nick. What’s the legacy that you want to leave behind you?
That person seeks and discover Jesus for themselves; that the world is a better place for the poor, most vulnerable and oppressed; that people, culture and change agents are more inspiring and effective; and that my daughters feel proud of their Dad!
Nick Wright is a psychological coach, trainer and organizational development (OD) consultant (www.nick-wright.com). Tara Parker is an organizational leadership consultant and professional development coach (firstname.lastname@example.org).