|Patranila attends #BlogHer15|
BlogHer15 Takeaway #3 ~ You know more than you think you do.
The theme of ‘experts among us’ was particularly strong throughout the keynote addresses and panel discussions. In other words, the answers you seek are closer than you think.How often do you have a Wizard of Oz ‘Dorothy’ moment? You launch yourself on a quest for answers and information only to discover that you already knew the broad strokes and most of the fine details you were seeking. I am guilty of doing this time and again because oftentimes I think there’s a great big pot of crucial information that I’ve yet to stumble upon and until I do, I don’t necessarily have the confidence to put my plan in motion. We all need to have fewer Dorothy moments and more ‘Just Do It’ Nike moments.The next time you’re looking for answers, mine your own knowledge base on the subject first. Then ask one or two in-the-know friends to see if there’s something you’re missing. You’ll likely be surprised at the sheer volume of information that’s right at your fingertips.
BlogHer15 Takeaway #2 ~ Own your creativity and your work.
One of the major highlights of BlogHer15 was the #BlackLivesMatter / #WomensLives opening keynote address. Black Lives Matter was birthed on Twitter and has taken over the equal justice narrative in the wake of the murders of black women and men in the US at the hands of police and vigilantes. Say what you want about hashtag activism but the #BlackLivesMatter movement has served to shape the dialogue and actions around equal protection for black people in this country. It’s so powerful and pervasive that the current crop of presidential candidates must demonstrate how they square with the movement or risk political suicide.
The thing is, I never thought about how the hashtag came about, who created it and what, if any, organizing structure was behind it. It was just suddenly there, it came out of the ether. I’m downright embarrassed by my own naivete and ignorance. Especially as a creator and a creative, I know that things don’t just come out of the ether. Someone injects the ether with their idea and from that injection, many things grow.
|Black Lives Matter Co-Founders, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullers|
Enter Patrisse Cullers, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and creators of the social media hashtag. Ms. Garza was not in attendance, but Ms. Cullers and Ms. Tometi were front and center talking about how the movement started, grew legs and became the rallying cry for those fighting for justice. They also spoke at length about how media entities, businesses and community organizations, both mainstream and independent, were publishing reams of content around the Black Lives Matter movement but had never invited its founders to participate in the conversations. How allies and enemies alike were co-opting the work of the movement, adapting the message and creating alternative narratives, asking the founders for advice without ever acknowledging the genesis of #BlackLivesMatter.
Of course, the founders quickly sprang into action, solidified their ownership and authorship and have since become diligent in protecting the integrity and mission of their creation.
Personally, I was struck by how often and how easily we give away our creativity and passions without forthrightly claiming ownership and authorship of our ideas and demanding credit be given where due. You have a right (and duty) to claim your babies because if you don’t, someone will come along, take over your sh*t and act like they never even saw you.
Which dovetails perfectly to my #1 Takeaway from BlogHer15.
BlogHer15 Takeaway #1 ~ Stop waiting for permission!
|BlogHer15 ~ Experts Among Us|
Be your own expert, own your work and don’t wait for permission. Three inspiring messages that will stand me in good stead for years to come. I hope they’ll do the same for you.For more information on the BlogHer Conference and SheKnows Media visit the BlogHer site.
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