Greetings everyone! We're pleased to announce that we have proposed to host a live recording of Meraki Mentors at the 2019 SXSW. There's a catch of course – we need your help! Now through August 30th, you can vote for us at the link below to increase our chances of being accepted for next year's programming!
The topic for our episode is
Disputing Our Absence: POC as Agents of Innovation
Bree Newsome. Jordan Peele. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Tarana Burke. These are just some of the people we've seen become leaders of a larger movement. Whether they're behind the camera or leading a protest, they embody a remarkable sense of urgency, purpose, and hope, empowering people on smaller stages to innovate the spaces they occupy and dispute their absence in the media, boardroom, political office, and the public square. Two guests (to be announced at a later date) will discuss the role of community in taking ownership of your representation. They'll share personal stories about becoming innovators and why the term "creative" doesn't just apply to the arts.
- Your tribe is your pillar. While an innovator brings original ideas and leadership to the table, that success is not realized without community.
- Creativity has no boundaries. You don't have to be a traditional artist to create spaces, realities, and voices that impact the world.
- Your voice can free the masses. By innovating the establishment and disrupting the status quo, you empower the community to embrace their dreams.
We really appreciate all of the support. Share our PanelPicker link and don't forget to vote for us and any other idea you see in the SXSW community that would make a great program.