Originally featured on the Turn the Talk blog.
In March 2019 with others from across the industry we launched Turn the Talk as a wider industry initiative.
It came off the back of a number of discussions with people in the industry who were frustrated at seeing the same faces representing the industry.
We knew that there were so many more people with interesting and different perspectives on the industry, but they either weren’t getting the opportunities to shine, or didn’t feel like they could take the opportunity.
Turn the Talk was set up as a vehicle that could help highlight and change the factors that resulted in ‘the same old faces’ representing the industry.
What are the issues that Turn the Talk aims to tackle?
Ensuring employers welcome diverse talent into the industry
Increase the number of people that are publicly representing the industry
Providing access to free learning and development
Changing (intentional or unconscious) discriminatory attitudes which aren’t inclusive
In just a year we think the industry has made significant progress to address these challenges. Some of these efforts have been tackled by individual companies as part of their own diversity and inclusion strategies. Some efforts have been more visible, for example active changes that event organisers or media outlets have made to become more inclusive. Progression is happening, but things don’t change overnight.
For those of us that have created Turn the Talk we are determined to continue to use the initiative as a driver of change, in a responsible manner that can contribute to an industry that is represented by a diverse and inclusive range of people.
Turn the Talk’s commitment this year
So, what are we planning for 2020? There have been a number of individuals who have been involved in Turn the Talk in the last twelve months, all of whom have given up their time and expertise free of charge. The initiative is not for profit, and we do it in addition to our main jobs.
Because Turn the Talk has gained momentum since launching, and because we have limited time and resources we wanted to share our goals for 2020. We are doing this so that you know what we plan to commit our efforts to this year.
The Turn the Talk objective is simple;
“We want to initiate industry-wide change that creates and recognises a broader spectrum of role models.”