If you want to motivate people to take action, you can’t rely on data alone.
Chelsea Clinton spoke as the keynote at HubSpot’s INBOUND conference on Friday, September 11. IMAGE: Getty Images
Statistics can be incredibly illuminating–but numbers alone rarely change hearts and minds.
That, at least, is the experience of Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, a global NGO.
Giving the keynote address on Friday at HubSpot’s INBOUND conference in Boston, Clinton began by presenting data points about rights and opportunities for women and girls worldwide. Sobering and intriguing as the data was, Clinton noted it often takes more than data to persuade people and companies to open wallets or amend policies.
In a court filing on Wednesday, the Justice Department argued on behalf of the State Department that there was “no question” Hillary Clinton had the authority to determine and delete personal email without supervision.
In a little noticed brief, filed on Wednesday to a federal court, Department of Justice lawyers outlined a comprehensive defense of the contentious decision by Hillary Clinton to wipe the private email server she used as secretary of state: The attorneys assert that, regardless of whether she used a personal or government account, Clinton was within her legal right to handpick the emails that qualified as federal records — and to delete the ones…
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a ‘Women for Hillary’ grassroots organizing meeting, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
It is a practice not reserved for Donald Trump. It comes from every side. Perhaps it is embedded in the male psyche. I don’t think men even know they are doing it. It seems to come from a deep-seated concept that whatever men devise, develop, or craft is inherently of greater value than what women devise, develop, or craft. Whatever you offer, then, is immediately and routinely rejected in favor of their product which clearly is of much higher value because it is theirs. That should be obvious to you. Why would you even question it?
There is nothing unusual about televising Congressional hearings. When I was in elementary school, I came home to find my mom watching the Army-McCarthy hearings. I did not understand what was happening, but TV was new to our house. Anything on the screen was miraculous and gripping to me. My mom believed what she was hearing from Joe McCarthy even though she was a Democrat. Sometimes religion overpowered politics in our house. McCarthy was Irish Catholic so he could not possibly be leading us all astray, could he?
McCarthy operated under a belief system that had nothing to do with the Vatican. His credo was that the military and government agencies were infiltrated with “card-carrying” Communists. Not only did he believe that the State Department, the Pentagon, information services, and military research facilities were crawling with seditious moles, he was an evangelist as powerful as Billy Graham at the time.
20 years ago, I got the chance to be part of a moment that would change the world. I was in Huairou, China, a small town outside of Beijing, where representatives from non-governmental organizations who couldn’t attend the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women had gathered. When Hillary Clinton stood before delegates from 189 countries to call attention to women’s rights, it was electric.
Women from every corner of the planet had come to Beijing and Huairou for the conference. Everywhere I looked, I saw women translating ideas across languages and cultures. I remember watching women lift up colleagues…
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