22 Feb I’ve been hiding my TEDxBrixton from you until now…
I deliver lots of talks to audiences of 20 people to 500 people (some are even filmed like my Lost
Last January 2013 1 was asked to do a TEDxBrixton talk to 500 people in July. I was honoured to be asked and know that I was picked from a long list of people. I know it could be a great platform to talk about the benefits of craftivism and hopefully engage more people in our projects and approach to craftivism. Plus I was told that if I did really well then TED.com might even showcase my short talk which would be incredible! All speakers of had to agree to 3 training courses leading up to the event & we were encouraged to memorise our talks word for word. That was a lot of pressure (on top of knowing I was doing a TED talk- those who know me, know that I watch many TEDtalks whilst making our craftivism kits) and I’ve never memorised a script before.
I memorised my script but was incredibly nervous, more than I have been for any talk. I didn’t want to waste this opportunity to engage people in what we do because I have seen and head that it’s something lots of people find really helpful so I want more people to know we provide products and services to support anyone interested. On the day I knew I went online discount pharmacy usa over time and was a bit stiff. I could hear myself not flow when speaking. The crowd were very encouraging in the breaks speaking to me and tweeting positive reviews on #tedxbrixton. Even the animated notes by Creative Connection looked good (below). But my gut feeling was right – it wasn’t the standard a TED Talk needs to be. And a few months later I got the link to my talk & decided to hide it from everyone (including my sister and dad who had helped so much with my preparation).
I thought it might harm the Craftivist Collective more than help it; because it’s Founder wasn’t very engaging or inspiring. But… maybe you will get something from it even though it’s not the most succinct or exciting, maybe you will connect to some of the content (I hope!) and it will be a catalyst for you to think about how Craftivism can be a useful tool for you to be the change you wish to see in the world and challenge systems and structures fostering injustice. I hope that my nervous, talk also shows that anyone can be a craftivist, even super-flawed me. I’ve learnt from my mistakes and hope my next filmed talks will be much better.
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