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#ACEVOFest21 speakers: Lucy Caldicott

ACEVO’s digital leadership festival is back this year from 2-4 November. The full programme is available on the website and in this blog series, you will get to know our speakers a little bit better.

A narrated version of this blog is available at the bottom of the page

Lucy Caldicott, founder, ChangeOut

At #ACEVOFest21, Lucy will help leaders understand when the best thing we can do is take up space and advocate, and when is the time for us to step aside and allow others to lead.

What makes you hopeful?

That we’re having conversations about equality issues in ways which never happened before. Some of the conversations are difficult but in order for change to happen we need to face up to the difficult conversations and it feels as though that has begun too.

What do you know now that you didn’t know in the beginning of 2020?

That human beings are capable of more kindness than I thought possible, but that some human beings can be even more unkind too. 

What message you’d like to send to yourself to read a year from now?

You are capable of anything

Can you recommend: a book, a series/film, or a podcast?

Book: Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y Davis, and a podcast: Seeing White from Scene on Radio, and Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series 

Did you incorporate a new habit in your day to day routine in the past 18 months that you can share with us?

Amazingly, having spent about twenty years ridiculing yoga, I’ve now done yoga nearly every day since March 16, 2020. If you’d asked me to write a sentence about my future life on March 15, 2020, that’s not a sentence that would have come to mind. But my working from home neck muscles thank me. 

What do you miss the most from working at the office and what do you love the most from working remotely?

I already worked from home anyway. I enjoy being able to pop into the garden with a coffee and deadhead a rose or pull up a weed. I’ve missed hanging out in coffee shops with my laptop and pretending to work while eavesdropping. 

What’s your favourite thing to do for your own wellbeing?

Gardening and yoga, and dreaming of the woodland I will own one day 

Narrated by a member of the ACEVO staff

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