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Kelly Sue DeConnick: Make Them Uncomfortable

Kelly Sue DeConnick: Make Them Uncomfortable from 99U on Vimeo.

This talk is amazing not just because of Kelly’s words of wisdom but because it’s the first time I’ve seen someone apologise for not taking the opportunity to write a more diverse story. Really touched me!

Here are her insights into how to make people uncomfortable
  1. Lead with your heart– follow your truth
  2. Find your group– people are willing to be uncomfortable together, be vulnerable, your uncomfortable audience
  3. Foster community
  4. Listen– you must listen, it’s a gift of intimacy we make the maps that illustrate our connections, listen with our whole hearts and imagine what the world must look like from another perspective
  5. Seek to be uncomfortable yourself– “You don’t get to be a good guy just because you figure you’re not a bad guy”
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Dream Catcher

Kim Longinotto’s beautiful and emotional documentary about the tireless sex worker advocate Brenda Myers-Powell. Really brought home to me how so many people are reacting to things that happened to them as children. Things they had no control over.

Brenda Myers- Powell is just incredible. Her strength, openness, lack of judgement and tireless work is changing the lives of so many girls, women and their families.

“It’s not your fault,” “you deserve happiness” such powerful words.

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Diana Vreeland: The Eyes have to Travel

I watched Diana Vreeland: the Eyes have to travel again. It’s a documentary about Diana Vreeland former editor of  Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, a visionary. The spreads she produced were a joy and inspiration to see.
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Diana encouraged people to dream, to exaggerate their ‘flaws’ and to ‘invent’ themselves. So different from the homogeneous models we have today, we need that kind of vision again in the fashion industry!
“Style—all who have it share one thing: originality.”
“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.”
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Ira Glass on Storytelling

I stumbled on this Ira Glass, radio personality, chat on storytelling via Design Affects blog.  He has so much wisdom on creativity, storytelling and making good stuff.

He breaks down storytelling into anecdote, (sequence of actions) constantly raising and answering questions (a moment of reflection) and characters with personality.

Love when he shows how bad he was after 8 years working on the radio. It takes time. We have to learn to be forgiving of ourselves but keep going. 

And the beautiful animation by David Shiyang Lui