Since the Articulate list was set up, we’ve been working hard to understand how best to harness the groundswell of support into something that grows effectively and builds momentum. We know that the problem of lack of women speakers at events is not simply going to be solved by saying ‘hey, there’s a list of women here you can look at’. This has been done in the past and hasn’t worked. We’re trying to create something much more sustainable and longer term, working with people who programme events and conferences to think, debate and challenge the process of speaker selection and to give people the assistance they need in training to improve their speaking skills.
Over the next three months, we’re looking to do three things:
- Build a digital tool that makes it easy to search the list, update your details and grows with you as a speaker
- continue to work with conference organisers to send out calls for speakers via this blog and the mailing list
- get funding in place for a part-time project manager who can keep building momentum, find training opportunities and manage Articulate’s future
What can you do now?
- Recommend a friend to the list – the more comprehensive the list is, the more powerful our collective voice will be. Get friends to sign up at http://www.articulatenetwork.com
- sign up to beta test our first version of the digital tool – we’re going to build a little prototype over the next couple of months, and would love your help with research and testing – email firstname.lastname@example.org
- pitch conference organisers with your ideas for talks. You don’t have to wait to be asked.
The digital tool will probably involve a searchable, contactable list of speakers by expertise type, so if you signed up but are now not comfortable with your details being added to a directory of speakers, please let us know by emailing email@example.com with Unsubscribe as the subject line and we’ll remove you.
Team Caper and Mudlark