War cannot be fought and peace cannot be built without women. Women have demonstrated the advantage of their gender; by accessing unique intelligence from half the population, and providing for women and children’s security. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon interesting biography ‘Ashley’s War’ tell the story of first Lieutenant Ashley White who was among the trailblazers deployed to an American military special operations.
Imagine a hybrid of your professional profile on LinkedIn with a professional ‘dating-site’ that allows you to tick some boxes of what characteristics you are looking for, finds your matches and gives you the choice to swipe those who’s profiles you find most interesting. In other words, an online space for individuals to professionally matchmaker with a mentor or mentee.
Algorithms, hard to spell, let alone to understand as it implies a complex formula of something the majority do not understand, nor are interested in learning. The algorithms that I am I thinking of are the ones that are based on my online data and behaviour, and that pre-selects what information I see.
I went to a place between comfort and uncomfort, order and chaos, knowing and not. I was in Athens experiencing ‘Art of Hosting’ (also called ‘Participatory Leadership’). l expected a training giving me tools to work participatory, instead l left with much more; a new set of glasses, insights and friendship.
Whether you are into tech or not, Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack provides the most honest and straightforward career advices, useful for many – not only for ‘Women in Tech’. I am sharing some of her tips I found most valuable when reading her book.
Recently I met an old friend back in Sweden, Claes Schmidt/Sara Lund. Yes, he has a male name and a female name because he is a transvestite. Why? Because from time to time he wants to ‘get out of a man’s gender role’ or put differently, stretch the gender role of a man, which he considers too narrow.
Today I went to see the Broadway play ’Eclipsed’, a remarkable piece about women and war, by an entirely black female cast and creative team. If you have a chance to be in New York before mid-June I recommend you to go and see it. All performances are dedicated to the abducted schoolgirls in northern Nigeria.
My mother taught me her prejudice as well as her pride. I am a feminist, because in theory she wasn’t and in practice she was. In my childhood worldview, she was invincible and unbeatable, and I was taught to believe I could dream anything and achieve everything. As a grew up did I understand she was just protecting me from reality.
Instead of focusing on the few but loud voices on the extreme side, we should move our focus to the middle when designing a campaigns. Although we would like to win the most radical over on our side, we should ask if it in fact isn’t a bigger audience we would like to reach, those that can be ‘moved’ by our messages.
Tech-sceptic colleagues and friends often say they do not see the purpose of twitter, and if they have an account they rarely check it or do not really know how it works. I therefore thought I share few reasons why I tweet that I hope I might spark some curiosity.