Web Summit: Where white guys speak

Behold, reason #439,241 why we exist. Yesterday was the last day of  Web Summit, an international tech conference that prides itself as “one of the most influential” tech events in the world. You can’t help believing them, considering they garnered over 22,000 attendees in Dublin this year, including big names like DropBox founder Drew Houston and celebrity guest, Bono. […]

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TED Announces Forthcoming Book

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 […]

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FRESH: The Origin Story

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 >>

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