Scottish designer Lauren Currie passionately believes in better. She has identified that our stages aren’t looking as diverse as they should be; that they are unequal and inaccessible. Here she presents #Upfront, her new initiative to change the conversation around conference curation and attendance by inviting keynote speakers to share their stage, and their power. Joining her on the stage, her guests seek to develop greater confidence and new found courage by facing an audience head on from the safety of Lauren’s red sofa.
Lauren Currie is a Scottish designer and entrepreneur. She makes, thinks, writes and speaks about design, social change, education, and entrepreneurship all over the world. She co-founded Snook, Scotland's leading service design and social innovation agency which using design to make public services better. She spent the last year designing and leading Hyper Island’s new MA in Experience Design. Management Today recently named Lauren as one of the UK’s top 35 business women under 35, while ELLE UK featured her as one of their 30 women under 30 who are changing the world. Lauren now lives in London and splits her time between The Good Lab - changing the way people raise money for good causes - and leading #upfront, highlighting the lack of diversity of conference platforms around the world. A leading networker and popular speaker and teacher, she also works with her own clients offering consultancy and advice.
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