Clementine Ford, Yves Rees & Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts
Moderated by Milo Hartill
Curated by Amy Thunig
Activism requires individuals to speak up. But often, advocates are asked to represent an entire group. How does it feel to be made responsible for the voice of a whole community?
Large-scale change usually comes from the grassroots, with multiple people playing a role in different ways. Yet social movements are often attributed to a sole, exceptional person. And when these campaigners take the mike, they are often asked to represent a whole population. In Who Made Me Spokesperson?, a panel of changemakers examine the ways speaking up (or refusal to remain silent) has seen them catapulted to unofficial spokesperson roles.
We'll explore what it means to be asked to speak for a diverse community. What is it like to carry that responsibility? And how do we fail when we limit movements to a single voice?
Presented as part of All About Women 2023
Live-broadcast from The Sydney Opera House
This talk is recommended for ages 15+
Duration: approx 60 minutes.
Rental period: 30 days