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I get up everyday and I get to make art. And I don’t take that for granted.
I'm no longer as scared as I used to be, because over time I've given myself the confidence, through applying this process, taking something which seemed difficult and breaking it down working my way towards it step by step and then achieving it. Then repeat and repeat.
The reality is for most things in life, success isn't like leaping off a cliff; it's like running a marathon. It's a huge amount of continuous effort that you need to put in.
I think it's worth asking yourself that question; am I holding back from doing this because either I'm worried about the effort that I'll need to put in to make this a success or am I worried what other people might think if I fail?
I was worried about failure, and I was worried about being seen to fail
When people would ask me "Where are you from?" It would always take me 5 mins to explain
I was incredibly anxious growing up about not having a home
I believe anxiety is a really good thing, however that is a recent thing.
We really relish the idea that creativity can come from all sorts. We have designers. We have architects. But we also have scientists, and we have activists.
We want to inspire by example. By that we mean, we always make sure to have a really good gender balance on stage, as well as people of different ethnicities. So, we mean real people, with real jobs, with real stories - so that people who come along and see someone that looks like them, and they can stat to be inspired.
The aim of the John Byrne award is to really get people talking about values, so that they can come to a greater understanding of what meaningful means for them; what a meaningful life means to them and, therefore, hopefully lead a meaningful life.
We live in a society today where we're bombarded by lots of messages, from all over the place. If their engaging us in thinking about things that maybe we don't value, then that's going to create tension. And maybe it's not healthy tension, but there's going to be a torque there pulling us - and, that could be one way that anxiety comes into our lives.
Mary values equality. She values her own ability to construct her own image, her public image, and to have control over that. And she values her independence, in being who she wants to be. You could say that society is infringing on her ability to express her values.
We did something which I think we're not often allowed to do in life, but I would highly encourage it, we stopped. [...] And this kind of mad thing happened. As soon as we allowed us space to think, suddenly we had all the ideas, we didn't even take those two months off.
[The morning of Brexit], the theme of the month was Broken. So that was pretty special. And the icebreaker tag question chosen by the speaker was: "What needs fixing?" You couldn't make this up.
I opened up to the chaos and opened up to myself and every single wall and barrier came down.
If you trust that there is meaning, purpose, and connection in this world, it will free you to create. - Steve Johnson
My mission is to: Point. Shit. Out. -Dana Saylor
“The climate question is really an efficiency question.”
“In order for people to stay motivated about a goal, they need to be big, because that’s what really motivates people - something bigger than themselves.”
“It’s really hard to get people to do new things, even if it’s after agreeing that everyone was going to do these things.”
“Working with others requires time & energy alignment”
“When you actually need to implement and execute certain ideas - in some cases - being siloed, being alone, getting in your zone and executing on your specific tasks is critical.”
“How can we work together to solve the challenges like the effects of climate change? And how do we not - pardon my French - f*ck it up, because it’s too important?”
“Climate Change is something that is happening, that’s becoming more accepted, and what’s also becoming accepted is that together we can do something about it.”
“Some problems are just too big for one approach or one solution to ever even have a hope of having an impact.”