And we’re doing that because let’s face it, things aren’t going so well out there. And while there are many projects in the world designed to empower women — which is generally a great thing — we also see an unfortunate consequence at play.
Most of our conversations, whether among women or between women and men, operate from the premise that empowerment is something we can give to another. But here’s the problem with that: Something that can be given can also be taken away. We think we’ve figured out a better way.
At The Concordia Project™, we’re shifting the concept of empowerment from a zero-sum game, where one side must take from another, to something we call Self-Directed Empowerment™. With it we are building a global conversation and programming fostered around tables both virtual and actual. With our proprietary methodology, we have two main initiatives underway:
GLOBAL THINK TANK
Discussions both virtual and in-person discussing our empowerment framework, mentorship panels, and a supporting qualitative research study about what young women are thinking around the world.
Traveling feasts that bring men and women of diverse backgrounds and ages together to discuss issues that have come up in our global think tank, and critical agendas from around the world.
When the Roman Senate could not agree, they would go into the Temple of Concordia, built on the Roman Forum, to work out their differences. Concordia is the Roman goddess of harmony and agreement, representing a stable society. She is also the daughter of Mars and Venus. So of course, we find her to be the best possible symbol of what we are trying to achieve in the global discussion of empowerment.