Hey. Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

Anti-Racist Commitment

Hello Seven hosted a virtual town hall event last year following the murder of George Floyd. The aim of the Town Hall was to reimagine small businesses moving forward from that pivotal point in history. If you yourself run a small business and haven’t seen it, I recommend you watch the meeting here. The result of the meeting was asking small business owners to sign up to the Anti-Racist Small Business Pledge (see image below).


The Anti-Racist Small Business Pledge defines anti-racist as: “those who speak and act in ways that advance racial equity in society; the act of interrupting racism.”


Our Anti-Racism Pledge

I am the owner of Hey Saturday and alongside my partner and business partner, Giles, we actively stand in solidarity with Black, Brown, Indigenous, Minority Ethnic, and People of Colour (BIPoC) to dismantle systemic racism, white supremacy culture, and oppressive systems that are at the heart of our society.

We recognise the realities of systemic racism in our world as well as local communities and strive to uphold an anti-racist culture, policies and procedures. To do this we will continuously examine our organisational and individual biases and work to learn, improve, and overcome them.

We are committed to operating an anti-racist organisation and using our resources to advance racial equity and interrupt racism.

We’re committing ourselves and Hey Saturday to a lifelong journey towards becoming anti-racist.

And while words matter, they are not enough.

We have taken the Anti-Racist Small Business Pledge.

Anti-racist education

We pay a monthly subscription to Outer Work, a community care club dedicated to intimate + impactful education, reflection, and direct action in support of BIPOC visions. I will commit using 10% weekly working hours alongside my personal time to learning.

Hey Saturday is an ambassador for Outer Work, as we believe their work is so important and impactful. Please head here to check them out (Please note this isn’t a paid link, of course, it’s just so they can track you came via us)

We’ve signed up to an online Global Black History Course for Adults run by the Simon Education

We are committed to reading books by BiPoc authors to further our understanding and knowledge of Black history, white supremacy, racism and Black lived experiences.

Commitment to open-conflict and allowing discomfort

While I’m biracial (white British/Jamaican), Giles is white. Over the years, we have created a safe, compassionate space to talk at length about racism and its impact. We are highly committed to open conflict and have learned to make room for discomfort, which we believe informs our company culture.

Invest a portion of our monthly company budget to the Black community

We invest a substantial amount of our small marketing budget into black-owned business. Coppie & Paste is our preferred supplier, run by a young black woman. We will continue to monitor where our budget goes and increase the amount going to BIPoC owned businesses.

We donate monthly to Black Minds Matter, an organisation that provides free Mental Health Resources & Therapy for Black Trauma.

We work in partnership with One Tree Planted. For every Hey Saturday photoshoot we sell, a tree is planted in Ethiopia. We believe you can’t build a just and equitable society on a planet that’s been destabilised by human activity. The fights against climate change and racial injustice are deeply intertwined as marginalised communities are disproportionately impacted by it.

 


Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.

– Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist 


Hey Saturday’s long-term commitment to becoming anti-racist

We will:

continue to strive for representation in the imagery used on our website, emails and social media;

 review how we reach out to new photographers joining our network & take a more creative approach to reach BIPoC creative communities.  We’re aware that our photographer network isn’t as representational of BIPoC communities as it needs to be or as we want it to be;

actively continue to source and support BIPoC owned businesses and businesses that support social impact in gender and climate equity;

use our business and platform for positive social impact through education;

actively protest and campaign against racial injustice, and vote for equitable policies;

call out racism when we see it;

continue to educate ourselves.

 

Here is a copy of the pledge we signed. If you run a small business, I would highly recommend that you check this out.

anti-racist small business pledge

Resources

Assessing Organisational Racism Tool (PDF)

Anti-Racism Assessment Tool (PDF)

Organisational Racism Self Assessment (PDF)

Further Reading, Watching & Listening

Black Lives Matter – the movement to fight for freedom, liberation and justice

Re-educate – a free monthly subscription to activism

The Difference Between Being “Not Racist’ and being Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi TedTalk

The Greatest White Privilege is Life Itself – article by Ibram X. Kendi

The Black LGBT Organisations You Should Know About – Stonewall

Stonewall’s Best Practice, Toolkits and Resources – Stonewall

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community – Sunshine Behavioral Health

20 Actions White People & Non Black POCs in Corporate (& other) Can Take to Show Up for Black People Right Now – Michael J.A. Davis

Decolonise your Book Shelves – Ally Henny

Films & Documentaries to Educate Yourself on Racism and Black Oppression – Isabella Silvers

12 Great Podcasts That Discuss Race & Racism – Oprah Winfrey

How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time – Baratunde Thurston

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dating app profile

So yeah, I did a thing… Hey Saturday now has a podcast mini series, ‘Shoot Your Shot - The Art of Dating Profile Pictures’, for all your dating profile photo needs in one place 🎧✨

Press play on this show for jam-packed mini episodes that will inspire you to experiment, have fun and aim higher when creating your profile pictures for online dating apps.

I share my top mindset shifts and practical steps you can take to create dating profile photos that are both visually and emotionally compelling, to help you attract more and better quality matches on dating apps.

This podcast is for people with a short attention-span but a big vision for their love lives 🙌🏽

Link in bio 👀
Hosted by me, Saskia
Podcast logo and art by the incredible @teadayblogs from Coppie and Paste
Produced by that cutie @northernmunki
Podcast music by me @saskia_nelson in conjunction with GrooveApp (who did most of the heavy lifting to be fair)

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I was invited on @unhingedandbumbledup podcast the other day & it was probably the most fun I’ve had recording a podcast.

Ahead of the show, I had to give them both a dating photo challenge and they presented the photos they created to me during the show.

Tune into to see who does it better, Phil or Jane. It was a super close competition to be honest… but there was a clear winner 👏🏽👏🏽

I also shared

• What makes an awesome dating profile pic
• Why good photos are so important
• My 4 top favourite date spots around the globe (I just couldn’t choose one) and much more…

Have you subscribed to this chatty, fun show that shares experiences and opinions on how to navigate the tricky world of dating to come out on top?

Thanks for having me Phil & Jane 🙏🏽

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…how would you show up?

I get a lot of emails from clients asking how and where they can do their photoshoots without many people seeing them. Ummm ….

To be fair, it’d probably be my first question too, if I were in their shoes. I’m not exactly known for being a natural badass in front of the lens (there’s a reason I prefer being behind it!).

But, thing is, those people really don’t care about what’s happening in your photoshoot. And why would you concern yourself worrying about what people - you don’t even know - think about you for 30 seconds?

Fear makes no sense, even after you unpick it and challenge it. It’s still there. Being fearless is actually really hard… however you could try this… choose to ‘act as if’ you’re fearless! Yeah, how would that look? How would you show up then? Really think about how you would approach it. And then, just as an experiment, do that.

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+ The Ex-Philes Podcast +

I had the pleasure of being invited onto an episode of the dating podcast, ’The Ex-Philes: Break-ups, Broken Hearts and Moving On’ recently & was interviewed by the two awesome hosts, Clair Lofthouse & Janice Formichella.

Thank you so much to both of you, I really enjoyed connecting & sharing my top dating profile picture expertise with you.

If you are getting over a breakup? I would highly recommend tuning in & subscribing.

Ex-Philes is a weekly podcast all about healing a broken heart, building your confidence, and moving forward in an empowered way.

Their favorite topics include healing from heartbreak, dating, ghosting, no contact, toxic relationships, communication, self-help, attachment styles and more.

Thanks Janice & Clair 🙏🏽

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Dating profiles have the potential to be intriguing; they can be a window into someone’s mind, revealing their unique way of looking at & thinking about the world.

Make sure you grab that opportunity to show people what you’re about & what you’re made of 🔥🔥

And remember, your profile pics are the most powerful way to share a lot of information about you at just a glance.

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+ Sound on for dating photo tips & good times +

Huge shout out to the legend that is James Preece, the UK dating coach king. Thank you for having me on your show, @jamespreececoach. I had a great time sharing my top dating photo tips with you, which I’m pretty sure you can tell when you listen in.

Have you subscribed to the Love Machine Podcast yet?

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You know what I love doing when I have a few moments to myself? … I love navigating to our Story highlights & scrolling through ‘Our Pics’. It gives me a legal, natural high every time.

The colour, the personalities, the vibes, the diverse life styles, the passions, the people… so much dating photoshoot awesomeness in one hit 🙌🏽✨🤩

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We need to talk about ‘talking point’ pics. Talking point pics are the ones that make people stop and do a double take, go back for another look and, yeah, slide into your messages because they need to know more.

Maybe you’re practicing tai chi, playing a ukulele, creating a stunning art piece on your iPad, doing a headstand yoga pose in the street or wrapping your hands ready for boxing (all shots we’ve taken, that have made me go back for another look 👀 check our Stories today!). Shots like these are so compelling.

Look, 5-6 photos at any one time on your dating app profile is optimum. Too few, people think you’re hiding something, too many & it’s game over as you give them too much to find fault with.

So you’ve got just 5-6 opportunities to
+ make an emotional impact
+ visually tell your story
+ and… also, importantly, intrigue people enough to reach out and ask you something or connect with you about something they see 👀

// Each one of your dating profile photos needs to bring something to the party //

So take a moment to check out your profile pics now. Which one is your ‘talking point’ pic? Answers on a postcard or in the comments, I really want to know…

And a big shout out goes out to the client I’ve been chatting with this week who’s booked Dumbo. You know who you are. You have so many exciting ideas for your shoot, I think you’re going to have a few ‘talking point’ pics to choose from 🙌🏽 And I’m so glad our Insta feed has helped you prep for your shoot. That makes me very happy.

*Tai chi photo: Kate for Hey Saturday, London

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New here? Come in, look around, stay awhile. We're creating our own brand of dating photo magic, right here. J'adoring these shots taken in Shoreditch by our London photographer, Nicole.

Photo credit: Nicole for Hey Saturday, London

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The only mantra you’ll ever need before your dating photoshoot
+ Be bold, kill boring, do ‘you’, stand out +

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