Elizabeth B. Silva
The Space Between… differences.
"Where do women find the resources they need to care for their families? What are the resources needed? Surely one does need time to care, also money! But the ability to care depends on a person’s emotional state and on her personal connections, on her background and the ways in which she is positioned in the social world.
I will drawn from two stories, two kitchen stories, to illustrate a discussion about different ways of caring. In both stories people have little money. In one case the emotional capacity and investment is high and the choice of lifestyle points to achieving desired better positions in life. The other is a case of great deprivation where there is lack of emotional, social and economic resources. These differences – inequalities - in the social positions of the women are powerfully linked with the material resources found in their homes. The resources they have for buying or finding the things they need to live the way they desire, or the way they can, are associated with their capacity to care and this transcends the material resources of time and money making their emotional capital and personal connections relevant for how different their lives are and can be".
Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva works in the fields of sociology of culture, technology and everyday life. Social divisions, in particular those concerning gender, and cross national comparisons have been central to her work in these fields. She is drawn to the ‘unnoticed’ in her work, searching for ways to make visible what’s hidden, revealing patterns and processes of socio-cultural and political change. She has taught and researched in Brazil, the United States and in the UK and has also been a visiting scholar in France.
She is a Professor of Sociology at the Open University. Her latest books are Technology, Culture, Family (Palgrave) and Culture, Class, Distinction (co-authored, Routledge). email@example.com
How the Government Discovered Early Childhood
After a long career in the voluntary sector working mainly on child poverty issues, Naomi Eisenstadt became the first Director of the Sure Start Unit, which she ran for 7 years. The Unit was responsible for delivering in the government’s commitment to free nursery education places for all three and four year olds, the national childcare strategy, and programmes aiming to reduce the gap in outcomes between children living in disadvantaged areas and the wider child population. This was later extended to developing policy on parenting support, and a greatly enhanced delivery system for the provision of extended services for families with school aged children, including childcare and school based family support.
After Sure Start, Naomi spent 3 years as the Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force working across government to identify and tackle policy barriers that increase the likelihood of exclusion, and to design new policies to reduce the exclusion faced by some of the most disadvantaged individuals, families, and groups. Naomi retired from the civil service in 2009 and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Education, Oxford University. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2002 and became a CB in 2005.
How I survived the required NHS real life test
I have not always been Delia Johnston, but the past is now in the past, and is not relevant to who I am now. My old name and gender do not apply to where I am and where I am going to in this new exciting world I have now totally embraced.
I formally became Delia in Jan 2010 with a legal name change in February 2010.
During Glastonbury 2009 I realised that live was not tolerable any more being a male, and I have always known this was the wrong gender for me, so during the rest of 2009 I set about the careful planning of the new version of me.
I started what is called the “real life test” as required by the NHS which I fully completed in February 2012. I then formally and legally, applied for and was successful in attaining a new corrected birth certificate – hence why my old name is not relevant any more, and legally “killed off”.
During 2010/11 I set up a small local business called Delia Trans Advisory to help other s who were considering starting or thinking of, or going through a gender change. This consisted helping individuals, doing training sessions within organisations etc. Unfortunately, even though I was in considerable demand, everyone wanted help for free – which is not practical.
In November 2011 I started full time work with London 2012 within the Accreditation department. This is the card everyone had to wear around there necks!! I was very fortunate to have lived in the Olympic village for 2+ weeks, and worked at both the VIP hotels for the Olympics and Paralympics. I was responsible for the accreditations needs of the International Paralympic Committee - IPC and the majority of the International Sports federations for the Para’s. I was also very privileged to have a VIP pass to attend both the opening and closing celebrations of both games, and to see a number of the key sporting events.
Since leaving the London 2012, I have now set up a new commercial business called Johnston’s Inclusivity Solutions which concentrates on the subject of inclusivity particularly around gender. This new business is working at senior corporate level, and to date has already gained two corporate clients, one being a major sporting organisation based in the UK – more to come when I can and allowed.
The Art of Being Yourself
In the early 90s, Caroline founded IDOLOGY, a movement dedicated to helping individuals and organisations be original versions of themselves, not pale imitations of each other. A deeply unfashionable philosophy at that time, in two decades it’s gone from being fanciful, to a lapel grabber, to received wisdom.
Caroline has dedicated herself to being a student and teacher of human potential and its application, working with leading politicians and global economists, captains of industry and internationally renowned artists. She and her small team of IDologists have swept through organisations proving that when spirits rise, profits do too — turns out the idea of engaged authenticity is not just hip, it’s the only place in your life you have no competition.
Speaker, teacher and author of Never Not a Lovely Moon, Caroline delivers keynotes and masterclasses at dozens of Fortune 500 companies, bringing a wholly original approach to the careless but well meaning invocation to ‘just be yourself.’ In a world that’s ever more competitive and precarious, her message on finding your voice has brought a whole new meaning to ROI — a Return on Individuality.
“Decide which ‘I’ you mean when you say ‘I.”