My friend, Sandra Rockman, a director and acting coach extraordinaire, recently sent me an email about TEDx Grass Valley. At the top of the email she wrote, “You should apply.” I love speaking to people about my passion for getting their stories out of their head and down on paper, but I can’t help but wonder if my passion and work is TEDx worthy, especially given the focus of this year’s theme,
…how women and girls are changing the world we live in. Speakers are asked to provide bold, unique new insights into emerging research and innovations that may fundamentally shape the course of things to come – both in their disciplines and for all of society. Our audience needs to be engaged and offered a glimpse of the paradigm-shifting thoughts that will shape tomorrow.
A few weeks ago, I attended See Jane Do’s Passion Into Action women’s conference where I was astonished and inspired by the everyday women who are changing the world, like Jensine Larsen, founder of World Pulse, an organization that is “connecting women’s voices to transform our world.” Among other things, Jensine’s organization is bringing women a global voice and magnifying the power of her voice. In other words, teaching women to speak their truth and share their stories, which makes me think that my work could change the world we live in — by giving women the tools to write about their lives, especially the shadow side. Check out www.worldpulse.com.
For those of you who don’t know about TEDx, I copied the following from their website:
What is TEDx Grass Valley?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGrassValley, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxGrassValley event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. For more info on TEDx Grass Valley go to www.ted.com/tedxE
The deadline to apply is November 2. I’m thinking about it.
p.s. The deadline came and went and all I did was think about it…maybe next year!