needs a refresh.
We are facing overlapping problems so wicked that they threaten the existence of humanity.
In other words, the stakes are high.
We need the deepest, widest bench of brilliance possible to meet this moment.
And yet, too many speakers still derive authority from overhyped books and relationships formed within elite institutions and events.
This not only breeds boredom and myopic thinking, but also reinforces the cultural and structural norms that got us into this mess in the first place.
Not everyone worthy of being heard has a million followers on Instagram or a TED talk.
It’s time to uncover and elevate the voices of extraordinary individuals making impact in the world, both locally and globally.
Wisdom also comes from years spent in the classroom, or organizing on the ground.
It derives from profound personal pain as well as transformative collective healing.
It is rooted, not in being the smartest or most connected person in the room, but the creativity and innovation with which one has approached their calling.
It’s about time we honored that kind of wisdom.
This isn’t just talk. It’s about fresh ideas and a more just world.