starting a revolution…….

darlings – we just got back from a cocktail hour (no, just evian, for us, sweet people ;) and found ourselves talking with some Lovely friends about revolution.

No! In new york – not some far-off land with burgeoning insurgency – new york – and not occupy wall st (although we Did pick up a Most Interesting “free sheet” from the aforementioned movement while at Think coffee shop en route for chez teamgloria for a small skim decaf beverage – and shall quote passages later – actually a well put together publication) but a revolution of the fairer sex (actually, we live Awfully Close to Chelsea so fairer is a not exactly true adjective for ladies in This Part of Town).

we’ll be direct (ED: “for once” ;)

In 1996 (ok, give us a Tiny leeway for a backStory!) we had a business – a side one – but deeply useful for building contacts – of teaching Very Accomplished (mostly female) Executives in hidden cafes in central london nowhere near their places of business:

how to use the INTERWEB

It was something we felt passionate about – and lead to some very interesting consultancy work later on………..

the main passion came from giving tools to people to whom these tools had been either denied (lower ranks trained but not C suite) or dismissed (“why would they need this?” – er, because it’s the future, love?)

but these were the days when many people felt the Interweb was a Passing Fad.

we gave a speech at the LSE in 1997 (yes, we were Very Young and precocious, darlings) and someone actually said:

“but WOMEN are Never going to put their credit card details onto the internet To Shop!”

we swear this is what people used to say.

Our (clever and witty) response was thus:

“clearly you haven’t attempted to shop on the high street with two children under five on a saturday”

the Truth was – neither had We.

but we observed that it looked Very Hard and if one could shop in one’s PJs, with the small people tucked up tight beneath their Laura Ashley comforters, it might be somewhat kinder to parents everywhere.

*btw, yes, LSE where Mick Jagger studied. Alas, he didn’t attend Our speech :(

so back to the revolution – this time it’s about the land-of-blogging (of which, you can see, we are Terribly Fond).

You see – if you teach a woman how to blog – you give her the tools to share her Voice with the World.
a blog is an independently published product.

which is another way of saying there are no gatekeepers saying “this is good” or “this is bad”.

she (or he, of course) can be read by the whole Planet (well, the bits that don’t block wordpress et al).

and That means their Voice Matters.

Because it does.

and that, darlings, is Delicious.

the world needs more voices.

especially Yours.

smart is over. intelligence wins.

dialogue from within an elevator today (inside a super high security building – you couldn’t even LEAVE without showing ID – oh, my).

*teamgloria is dressed in a black trench coat and dark glasses in this scene.

MAN: sorry. didn’t mean to bash you with my bag.

tg: no worries. i know how to fight back.

MAN: [turns around] hey, [laughs] you look like a spy in the trench coat and dark glasses.

tg: [small smile] you never know.

MAN: [silence]

we are aware that the packed elevator turned round to study us carefully (being in a high security building, and all). we just stayed very still and terribly inscrutable and calmly checked our blackberry. nobody spoke. as the elevator/lift/electronicconveyance doors open, the crowd parted and we walked out first.

as if on a mission.

yes, darlings – WE LOVED IT.

don’t tell ;-)

ok. so (forgive) – we can’t tell you where we were – or why we were there – but oh, The View from the 50th floor corridors-of-power indeed! (take a look)

there was even a jetty…..(but we didn’t arrive by boat – this time)

and it was a Truly International set of fabulous women from the USA, UK, Ireland, Sweden and we heard a few other accents but those were the ones we met.

ahem.

did we let that slip?

yes. almost everyone in the room was female.

the corridors of power are indeed changing.

and the speaker was incredible.

a pensive weekend ahead, digesting everything we’ve learned.

oh life is getting Very Exciting, darlings.

#shiver.