needs a refresh.
21st century speaking should be about sharing great ideas, and converting those ideas into action. That’s what audiences are hungry for–fresh ideas, action, and impact.
Too many speakers derive authority from fancy titles, overhyped books, and relationships formed within elite institutions and events.
This outdated and homogenous culture not only breeds boredom and myopic thinking, but also reinforces structural inequalities.
Not everyone worthy of being heard has written a best-selling book or been to Davos.
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 the number of years one has been on earth, but the creativity and innovation with which one has approached their calling.
It’s about time we honored that kind of wisdom.
It’s time to evolve beyond the antiquated “speaker circuit,” and create an ecosystem of thought leaders who are young, brilliant, diverse, and making a mark in the world.
This isn’t just talk. It’s about fresh ideas and a more just world.