The Digital Conversationalist

Andrea T Edwards

#177 Weekend reads – here’s to women, equality, diversity, inclusion and representation

Happy International Women’s Day (IWD) ladies, and I hope the celebrations were worthy of this important day. Someone on LinkedIn liked an IWD blog I wrote a couple of years ago bringing it back to my attention, so I read it again, and nothing has changed in my thinking!

We MUST get this right – equality is absolutely critical for our world, and this isn’t a men versus women thing, it is an all-in-it together thing. Remember, everyone wins with equality, so those who are fighting against it, are ensuring life is worse for everyone!

Lots of shenanigans in the news as always. Starting with some good news, and my friend Vicki Kiely will be thrilled to hear that Taiji’s dolphin drive season has ended in dramatic decline. Please check out the Dolphin Project, and let’s support the amazing work they are doing.

Sorry I can’t stay in the positive lane as there’s lots of alarming news coming out of Antarctica. There’s plenty in the reads this week, but I recommend this article and this one too.

It’s getting really hot in these parts, with Thailand expected to see 50°C wet bulb temperatures over the coming days and my concern for April and May continues to grow, because that is when the hot season peaks. Worldwide, February was the warmest on record globally, and global average temperatures for the past 12 months are the highest on record at 1.56°C above pre-industrial levels.

We are in the age of megafires and we need serious research and investment in this field, so our firefighters have a chance. Under the water, our corals are at extreme risk, with the Great Barrier Reef experiencing a mass bleaching. This news is not surprising to anyone paying attention, but it is devastating.

The CEO of Exxon, Darren Woods, is facing severe backlash, after blaming consumers for the state of the planet. The good news is he’s not denying we have an issue – so there’s that. George Monbiot has written an extremely important article on the fact we’re running out of water and we need to do something about it, like, right now!  

The heartbreak in Gaza continues, with children starving to death, and of course, we heard that five people were killed in Gaza when a food aid drop experienced a parachute failure. Lots more on this war in the reads.

I found this a fascinating read, especially understanding all the implications and how this could actually come to pass – The New “Over the Top” Secret Plan on How Fascists Could Win in 2024. We can’t sit back and be passive my friends, wherever we live in the world. Get involved, vote, speak up, and shake some sense into your family and community.

Friends content and mine

I published my next instalment in my “We Need a New Middle-Class Dream” series and this time, it’s on fashion, with a focus on luxury fashion and fast fashion. Both industries are a disaster for the environment and society, and it’s beyond time we addressed it too. Please, have a watch and let me know what you think?

Plenty more to read or watch, so do click through to the reads at the image below, and a reminder, this platform ( means the articles go back weeks, and potentially months as the year progresses. If you want to see the latest, it’s the first 100 or so added.

Please do let me know what caught your attention? Or share with me what has your attention now? There’s a lot going on, which means none of us can cover everything. Besides, it’s always great to get feedback so I know I’m delivering something of value.



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Uncommon Courage, an invitation

Uncommon Courage is an invitation to be your courageous best self every day. It’s also an antidote to the overwhelm, fear, and rage rolling around the world. But it’s more than a book; it’s an invitation to join an inclusive community that wants to better understand humanities challenges – both global and personal – in order to take courageous action and create a better world for everyone. If Covid19 gave us the time and space to reflect, Uncommon Courage gives us the nudge we need to create lasting change.

You can buy it on AmazonApple BooksBarnes & Noble, Book DepositoryBooktopia, SmashwordsKobo, Gardners, Odilo, Indie Bound, BookShop by BookTrib and Scribd.

Better yet, order it from your local bookstore, so you can #SupportLocal.

You can read the reviews, including a new five-star review on Book Commentary, another five-star review on ReaderViews, a review on BookTrib, and three more on Booklife, another on Book Commentary and Blue Ink Reviews. I’m also collating reviews on my Website too. Have a look and grateful to everyone who has written or recorded one.

Come and join the conversation in my Facebook Group One Billion People with Uncommon Courage.

Listen in to the Uncommon Courage, the podcast on Apple, Spotify and everywhere podcasts are published.

The Know Show

Check out The Know Show. It’s a fortnightly wrap up of the news and we started again for 2024.

Climate Courage

A fortnightly conversation on issues that matter to you and I, focusing on the actions we can all take. I am yet to confirm the return date for this, but it’s coming. In the meantime, I’m doing a three-part series called: We need a new middle-class dream, and one billion people with Uncommon Courage!

18 Steps to an All-Star LinkedIn Profile 

Listed by Book Authority in the 100 Best LinkedIn Books of All Time and 22 Best New LinkedIn eBooks To Read In 2021 and 2022 categories. Grab it today if you want to take your professional presence to the next level! When it comes to LinkedIn, it really is time to ask — can you really afford not to have this book in the hands of every employee?

Are you a Social CEO? The Social CEO: How Social Media Can Make You A Stronger Leader. 

Want to claim your stage? Unleash Your Voice – Powerful Public Speaking for Every Woman 


Have I done a great job for you? Can you write a reference on my LinkedIn profile or on my Google Business page? If not for me, why not write one for someone else who inspires you or has helped you? Join the #GivingEconomy.

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