The #upfront couch is a way to make your stage more diverse and accessible
Confidence and conferences need a refresh. Too many speakers derive authority from fancy job titles, overrated books, and relationships formed with elite institutions. This antiquated and homogenous culture not only breeds boredom and myopic thinking but also reinforces structural inequalities. It’s time to uncover and elevate new voices!
We want to give conferences around the world the opportunity to tackle this crisis head on in the simplest of ways. By hosting the #upfront couch, conferences become engaged in the demand for diversity onstage and responsible for changing our preconceived ideas about the sorts of people who have the authority to share their stories. By allowing speakers to share their power, conferences can openly support the pursuit of diversity onstage and be seen as leaders of a movement devoted to worldwide equality.
This isn’t just talk! #upfront is what stages were invented for.
UAL Future Talks
Women Making Scotland
All About People
Creative Mornings Edinburgh
Civil Service Live
Service Design Hong Kong
Northern Lights Conference
Midwest UX conference
Service Design Network Conference
This is Milk
Equal Scotland Live
Dream Do Conference
Fuck Up Night
Service Design Drinks
She Says Brighton
UX Conversion Camp
#upfront is remarkably simple and everyone should find it easy to execute. It’s an elegant solution for helping people experience the stage without the intimidation of preparing and performing.
I really enjoyed the experience of being an #upfront speaker because it connected me with a few young women who are fans of mine, and it gave us a really cool opportunity to do something together
#upfront changed the context into more of a conversation rather than a lecture and felt more inclusive and personal. It's rewarding to help others take that first step and encourage them to face their fears.
#upfront really added an extra dimension to All About People that fitted with the spirit of the event. I’ll be rolling #upfront out at our event next year and you should too.
The fact I didn’t have to talk made being #upfront feel safe and doable.
Thank you for inviting me to sit #upfront at SheSays Brighton - it was a life changing experience!
To be #upfront on the stage in this way was a real insight into "imagining" I was a speaker. And even wondering if I could actually do it and have people be interested in my story. I’m finally taking my public speaking goals seriously