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Doing what I love at Netroots Nation

I’m one of the lucky people who gets to do something I love for a living. Even better? Getting to do a lot of things I love all at once — which I’ll be doing when I present an Ignite talk at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit on July 19.

I’ve always been a writer and storyteller. I’ve been a freelance writer and strategist most of my career. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But I have another love: theatre. I spent more than 20 years working in local theatre, performing in and directing one or two shows a year. I miss being onstage, and I miss the unique kind of storytelling involved in playing a role like Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd or directing a play like Amadeus.

BFDpicAt Netroots Nation, I get to do all that again — but in a new way. The Ignite format gives presenters five minutes to speak, accompanied by 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds.

In this high-energy format, I’ll be talking about the Affordable Care Act and using personal stories of how it benefits Americans to demonstrate the value of healthcare reform.

My passion as a writer and strategist is using communications for social good, to educate and engage people in issue advocacy and change minds. At Netroots Nation, I get to combine that with my love of theatre, transformed into a very personal kind of storytelling.

I can’t wait.

If you’ll be at Netroots Nation — the country’s largest gathering of progressive leaders, activists and grassroots organizers — don’t miss the Ignite closing keynote on Saturday, July 19 starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. I’m one of 14 presenters who will be taking the stage to tell our stories.

The keynote may be available via live streaming, or I’ll post a video later. Tickets to Netroots Nation are also available if you’d like to attend starting July 17.

Although my Ignite talk will definitely be a high point for me, I’m looking forward to the entire conference. I’ll be doing what I love with thousands of others who feel the same way.

How lucky can you get?

Telling my own story

As a self-employed woman living with type 2 diabetes, I’ve had to pay top dollar for health insurance. The Affordable Care Act changed all that, and I was delighted to share my good-news story.

MicrophoneThe post I wrote for Eclectablog garnered national attention, and also caught the eye of Michigan’s Tony Trupiano, host of the ‘Night Shift with Tony Trupiano’ radio show.

Trupiano is producing a new podcast series, and I was delighted to be among his first guests. We discussed my experience with the Affordable Care Act and other issues related to healthcare reform.

You can listen in here.

Photo credit: Keith Bloomfield

Using my words

I don’t always express myself with the written word. Sometimes I do it with the spoken word — on camera or over a microphone.

MicrophoneI recently had the pleasure of serving as a moderator for a TEDMED Great Challenges live event on the topic: ‘Where Health Begins: Social Determinants of Health,’ where experts discussed how healthier choices and better care can be brought to every community.

Another thoroughly enjoyable experience was being a guest on the ‘Night Shift with Tony Trupiano’ radio show, where I discussed politics at the height of the U.S. government shutdown.

Every time I get to do something like this, I only want to do it more. It gives me the same thrill as performing onstage in a theater always has. The only difference is that I’m using my words instead of someone else’s.

Photo credit: Rusty Sheriff

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