The dust has settled from #TEDxLondonWomen 2023. Here are 23 thoughts for 2023 that keep percolating for me:
In the run up to a big talk you’ll hit a wall of self-doubt where you think you’ve made a terrible mistake agreeing to do it. You need to push through that.
Script it, practice it, own it – ’winging it’ doesn’t cut it in front of 1,500 people.
Generosity. The talks that stay with you. The talks that get under your skin. The talks that make you change the way you see the world or have that impact is because the speaker approached their talk with a sense of generosity – they gave you something that Sunday in Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Anyone who speaks is generous – in my eyes.
On Startling Facts
#didyouknow “Switching towards a greener pension is up to 21x more powerful for climate impact than stopping flying, going vegetarian, or changing energy supplier, combined.” –Anneka Deva
#didyouknow “77%, that’s 3 in 4 women, experience discrimination in the workplace but only 1% raise a tribunal claim”? –Donna Patterson
On Climate Action
“In the face of climate crisis, if the most vulnerable nations are not giving up, then rest of the world, including everyone in this room, should not give up either” 👏 –Josephine Latu-Sanft
The climate crisis needs all of us – especially women. When we take action collectively, we have so much more power than we could possibly imagine. –Anneka Deva
“Rather than being the victims of climate change, small island nations are the trailblazers and vanguards of climate action.” –Josephine Latu-Sanft
On Standing Up For What’s Right
Justice is what love looks like in public.” –Feruza Afewerki
“The only way to change this system is to speak out for all of us… It won’t be easy but it will be worth it.” –Donna Patterson
“The revolution is not a one-time event that we will magically wake up to one day. What you’re practising everyday, is what you’re building. “ –Janey Starling and Seyi Falodun-Liburd
“Everyone is able to make a difference no matter what your role is, it doesn’t matter how junior or senior you are. We need to be curious; ask questions rather than accepting this is how it has always been.” –Donna Patterson
“Conversation, conversation, conversation – I feel like a broken record about this. We need to be having more conversations.” –Ben Hurst
“We need listening for connection, instead of listening for conversion.” –Ben Hurst
“Healing is taking back your power and healing on your own terms. Working out a way to move forward and restore who you are.” –Feruza Afewerki
“Care isn’t a nice add on whilst the work is being done. Care is the strategy. Care is the work.” –Janey Starling and Seyi Falodun-Liburd
“We are more than our trauma. […] The truth of reality is that we are more resilient than we think we are. We are not lost in the moment of a tragedy. There is more life to be had.” –Feruza Afewerki
“Care is valuing our bodies, our labour and our humanity and not feeling guilty for prioritising care.” –Janey Starling and Seyi Falodun-Liburd
“Once we stop seeing trans joy as radical, rare, or even as an endangered species, and start seeing that it is mundane, individual, every day, it becomes accessible, attainable, realistic, and something we don’t need to aspire to.” –Ben Pechey
Doing the Brown Girls Do It Too podcast, “It’s raised a few questions, like what does it mean to be brown? Can WE ever be completely ourselves? It’s complicated, so much of ourselves we keep secret.” –Brown Girls Do It Too.
“Home is where the heart is, and where art gives.” –Olivia Rose Shouler & Sarah Lisney
“Hope is angry; it’s defiant; it’s dangerous. Hope is right now, firmly standing its ground on the streets of Iran, chanting “women, life, freedom”. –Sahar Zand
The quote –Feruza Afewerki highlighted: “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are. – Augustine”
And I saved a special one ’til last:
“It seems like for the first time in decades, there is finally hope in the air. Hope that things can change for the better”. –Sahar Zand
Talks will be available to watch online on YouTube at the end of February 2023.
Keep on #ShowingUp. For yourself, for others, and the world around you.
You are needed.❤️