This quote, paraphrased from a TED talk given by Halla Tomasdottir in 2010, captivates me still.
“We must fight the urge to rebuild the systems that have failed us.”
I puffy heart Halla Tomasdottir. She’s a mom. She has a solid career in business and is an entrepreneur, and ran for president of Iceland in 2016 (she came in 2nd). We’re also just 4 days apart in age. LIBRA POWER.
Here’s the first of her TED talks. It’s pretty badass.
Here’s the second, where she talks about the need for more women to run for office.
So, the quote above – that’s been up on our fridge, scrawled on a piece of scratch paper in my handwriting, since the day I watched her first TED talk. I’ve seen that piece of paper every day, many times a day, for over seven years. I think about her words even when I’m not looking in the refrigerator – when I’m puzzling over something dumb-yet-totally-preventable happening out in the world, in my own personal day-to-day, at work, etc. And her words resonate especially deeply with me now, as we’re seeing the dismal, messy unwinding of so many systems – overwhelmingly male-created and dominated – that have failed us all, especially women. Media. Entertainment. Finance. Politics. Higher education. Technology. Food.
A few weeks ago, that piece of paper came out from under the magnet holding it to the fridge, and as I picked it up from the floor I thought it might be cool to get a photo, post it to Instagram, and tag Halla Tomasdottir while I was at it. So that’s exactly what I did.
CHANGE CATALYSTS EVERYWHERE.
Here are a couple of places to start. Leave your ideas for changing catalysts everywhere in the comments!