Good question Father Jack. There are days when, honestly, I don’t entirely recognise myself. When I was twenty I had very specific life goals for myself: get the degree, get the PhD, and become a research scientist. Now, seven years later I’ve amassed the academic accolades, but instead of pursuing the research career I’ve gone in a completely new direction. I doubt that my nerdy early twenties self would recognise the suave (ehem) science communications officer who in only six months has shed her fear of calling strangers on the telephone and has found that, contrary to popular belief, she can maintain her zen calm in the face of a crisis. Sometimes she looks far too cool to be me. But she does have awesome shoes.
All this was running through my head when I was contacted to be a communicator for the What I See Project. Brainchild of Dunn Humby founder Edwina Dunn, the What I See Project is an online community where women share their answers to a deceptively simple question:
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
The project focusses on the power of womens’ voices, aiming to inspire and empower women the world over through the many and varied responses to this question. What I See has drawn plenty of high profile support in the form of its Ambassadors, women drawn from politics, academia and industry including a personal heroine of mine: experimental physicist and champion of women in science Professor Athene Donald. Hers and the interviews with all the Ambassadors can be found on the What I See project vimeo channel.
Sooo, now it’s over to you! A community is only as strong as its members, and I know that you guys are some of the strongest women out there. You can submit your very own contribution to the project here, as a video or (if filming yourself doesn’t appeal) as a photo, a tweet or a simple written story. You don’t have to be a blogger, or a scientist, or a politician or a communicator; if you have something to say, then simply say it.
So finally all that remains is for me to pass the baton to the next communicator: Anna Magee at Healthista. Watch her site tomorrow her thoughts on the project and her involvement, and in the meantime you can see the conributions of the other communicators on the What I See project website.
I can honestly say that this is the most exciting project that I have been involved with as part of my life as a blogger, and I am so grateful to all of you guys for your support that has lead to these opportunities. Thank you so much!! xxx