Modern day “thought leaders” are everywhere–we see their mugs on our televisions, their memes on our Facebook feeds, and witness their keynotes at the latest hot conference. Sometimes, it feels like you can’t escape the same ten faces. Best-selling books and having a boatload of Twitter followers is great, but are those really the only […]
Robert Jenson has written: “The world does not need white people to civilize others. The real White People’s Burden is to civilize ourselves.” In the wake of the shooting in Charleston and so many other tragic, galvanizing events, FRESH invites you to do the hardest and most important thing of all–be in conversation with your […]
More than a decade after taking the reins of TED, transforming it into a media powerhouse for the public good, curator Chris Anderson is officially putting pen to paper. As just announced on the TED Blog, Chris is hard at work on a forthcoming book, titled Talk This Way! The Official TED Guide to Public […]
Once upon a time, there was a conference. The organizers of this conference asked John and Courtney for speaker recommendations. John recommended a white guy with lots of experience in building businesses. Courtney recommended a black woman with lots of experience in building movements. They hoped both would get good exposure, meet new collaborators, say smart and compelling things that would influence people, and live happily ever after.
But of course, this is modern America, not a fairy tale. A few weeks after the conference, an outrageous truth emerged. It turned out that the white guy had been paid $15,000 and was flown first class, while the black woman had to haggle just to get her flight funded, and was paid nothing for her time and talent. Same conference. Same organizers. Two vastly different interpretations of worth. More >>