Talk - Stop Talking and Start Making a Difference

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After attending the first #stoptalkingstartdoing event a few months back, the lovely Dinal Limbachia asked me to speak on my work with Digital Inclusion and some of the barriers to consider and how to go about overcoming them. For me, this event has come at a time it is most needed in society. People are very happy to point out what's wrong in the world, with the government we have in the UK, third world problems that in 2015, we should have sorted out already; but for the sheer fact, not enough people, *DO* anything about it, the problems continue. Yes, people can't change the world in a day, and the issues I've mentioned are humongous ones, and granted it would take a lot more than a few meetups to sort out. But, what *IS* important is that we try and do *something*. Each small little action in the world can bring about a ripple effect, like dropping a small pebble in a still pool.

You, yes you, can make a difference, every day, just by doing something simple

like as helping a loved one learn how to use their iPad correctly, or talk to someone about the jobs that could exist with technology. I'm a lover of all things motivational these days, and with that inevitably there's lots of quotes I could pepper this blog with, but I'll leave you to find those on my Twitter feed. @tech_geek_girl But one thing I know, is that this group, setup because the need was noticed, to get together and support each other with these little actions Even random acts of kindness can save the day. Recently I was on a run with a new route, and an elderly lady, who looked to be alone in a massive house was wandering around in her front room looking out at the world, I waved at her and gave a smile as I ran past - hopefully that made her day. Then as I was walking past a coffee shop after a meeting last week, I saw a group of three older women having coffee and one was taking a photo of the other two with her iPad. I thought that was brilliant, and pointed this out to my friend, they noticed me pointing and to make sure they didn't think I was laughing at them, I gave them a big smile and a thumbs up. They all smiled back. How awesome is that. Hopefully that just added a ripple, to spur them on to take an Instagram of their cakes too! So, the Diversity in Tech group, that's all about these little actions, or RAOK, makes a huge difference. Each month we work in groups, suggest ideas of actions we could do, put our name to them, and report back the following more. Truly, truly, inspirational. When I talked last month on Digital Inclusion, the feedback was brilliant, some people even mentioning it in further conversations. The stats are shocking, and hopefully that would support people's reasonings for doing these actions. Here's the top stats for me... 58% of VCSEs (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises) lack basic digital skills 20% (10.5m) of the 53million UK population don't have digital skills 1 in 10 NEETS avoid using computers, and are ‘embarrassed’ by their lack of computer skills And here's the slides from the talk, where you'll also find the references to the stats too... Then this month, I was really excited and empowered to watch my friend, Sarah O'Rourke do her own talk. She's an awesome inspiring women as it is, but she talked to us about failure and that it's ok, and even part of progress to fail, wow! A brave topic, to talk about, especially with references from your personal life, but she pulled it off amazingly well. You always hear about the amazing things people have done, but not many share when things didn't go well. But, failing, only makes you realise how not to do things. Then the key is to pick yourself back up and start again. It's hard, but hopefully failure just makes you more determined to succeed, and with friends and colleagues like this group around you, there's no reason to stop trying. So, hopefully that has inspired you to do a small action now hey?! Once you start, the buzz you get is brilliant! I'd highly recommend you keep it up, and help build a better brighter future. What will your small action be?