Weekly Newsletter #74: Greta and Gina: Speaking Truth to Power

September 25, 2019

 

 

Hey BYP Network,

 

Recently, we've been thinking all about speaking truth to power. There has been a lot of political, economic and social upheaval at the moment. Whether it's the climate change strikes and marches, businesses like Thomas Cook collapsing, or the proroguing of the government, it seems that we're going through some tumultuous times.


So, how do we go about making change? How do we speak up at a time when it seems that nobody is listening? It's a difficult thing to speak up in the face of adversity, but it's a necessity for sparking change and changing the shape of society.

 

This week, we've been inspired by Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate change activist who called out politicians and government officials at the UN this week for failing to recognise the severity of the global warming situation. Her impassioned speech was not invigorating, it was frank. Similarly, it was Gina Miller who took on the impossible - and won. The businesswoman and legal campaigner who rose to prominence when she challenged the UK government in 2016 over its authority to trigger article 50 without parliamentary approval.

 

So, how do you go about speaking truth to power? How do you make a difference? It's all about finding a cause you care about. For BYP, our focus is on our community. Whether it's offering a voice to our community to contribute to our blog, finding inspirational speakers to offer their insights and advice at events, or speaking to businesses about why they need to ensure they are being diverse and inclusive, we make sure we are always speaking up and out about what we think businesses and our society needs to do to help young black professionals in the world of today. From a small idea that our CEO, Kike Oniwinde, expressed with fellow students, to a community of over 50,000 across the world, there is power in believing in the impact you will cause. 

 

We hope you take a moment this week to consider this.

 

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In the vein of speaking up and out, we're delighted to share these opportunities for you to find your voice and speak up:

 

Are you a black female writer? The authors of Slay In Your Lane are seeking new voices for their exciting new book. Apply here.

 

Are you an author or work for a publisher? We're looking for more black books for our BYP bookclub over the coming months, so get in touch at communications@bypnetwork.co.uk!

  

We're looking for more black bloggers and writers to contribute to our website. Want to write a piece and get paid for your work? Email us at communications@bypnetwork.co.uk!

 

 Want more? Scroll down to find out more about how you can nab free art passes
to after-hours events at the RA, how to get involved in the G20 summit in Italy, where you could be working via our careers board and a fantastic black girl magic event
to round of with!

 

Go Forth & Seek Opportunities!

BYP HQ

 

 

Join us for our first event in Wales!

 

Next month, we'll be hosting our first networking event of this kind in South Wales. This will be a chance for black students, graduates and experienced hires to meet and learn more about the network, make new friendships and meet top companies in Cardiff.

 

For progressive employers this is an opportunity to find out more about the UK largest black network, meet top talent and discover how to truly create a diverse workforce.

Do you want to attend? If so, buy tickets here.