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Notable conference speaking engagements include HubSpot INBOUND, Podcast Movement, Circle Summit, Community Club Summit, Impact Hustlers ClimateTech Summit, National Zero Waste Conference.
Word on the street is…
I signed up for an Action Hour hosted by Soapbox Project and for the first time in my life I left a social justice event feeling better than I had beforehand. Nivi and her co-facilitator were so excited and convinced that we would fix the climate crisis, and the hour was filled with easy ways to take action. Change felt possible and empowering. During the event I could feel my perspective shifting, realizing that I'm allowed to feel good while doing good. Creating a better world can and should be actionable, empowering, and fun no matter who you are. — Sahana Sundar (excerpted from “We Deserve Joy as Activists. Here's How I Learned That.”
Bio (140 words)
Nivi Achanta is the founder and CEO of Soapbox Project, a social enterprise that helps busy professionals conquer their climate anxiety. Soapbox Project combines personal responsibility, collective action, and fun!
Nivi works, speaks, and writes at the intersection of sustainability, corporate engagement, and community building. She has been featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, Grist, Nasdaq, and more for her community building and social justice work. Before founding Soapbox Project, Nivi worked with companies like Accenture, Google, Facebook, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she specialized in employee-driven impact.
In addition to her work as a founder, Nivi supercharges community strategy for impact-aligned organizations, specifically focused on gender equality and climate justice. When she's not working on social change, you can find her in Seattle reading 100+ books a year, baking sourdough, and karaoke-ing with friends.
- How to protect your mental health in a burning world Yes, climate change is real and incredibly destructive. Yes, there's a LOT to remain hopeful for. In this session, you'll learn about the links between climate change and mental health, why taking action can be a powerful antidote for your own climate anxiety, and how to find a justice journey that works for you via a joyful and fun three-step exercise.
- Imagining the future: creative writing workshop Did you know that imagining the future can quite literally change your brain? You'll learn how to think like a futurist in this creative writing workshop. We'll cover life-saving behavioral psychology concepts, vision building, and even time travel! If you don't think of yourself as a creative person, too bad. If you're human, you're creative -- that's all the experience you need to participate in this imagination workshop focused on the safe, healthy planet we want to live in.
- How to take action against burnout Burnout has joined avocado toast in the ranks of millennial "stereotypes". It's thrown around a lot without much context or depth. In this session, we'll start from the basics: What is stress? What are three primary types of burnout? And most importantly, how do you take short-term and long-term action against burnout? As much as we love the bath bombs and candles version of self-care, we'll be taking a far more science-based, collective-focused approach to this basic yet loaded question: how do we really take care of ourselves when our society doesn't encourage it?
- How to have hard conversations navigated by being a better listener. After this session, you'll learn how to practice nonviolent communication, hone your active listening skills, and build charisma. Yes, you can be a more charismatic person and leader just with a few basic conversational tips! Although this workshop is a suitable fit for various situations, we've created it with the most high-stakes conversations in mind: ones about trauma, inclusion, justice, and more.
- Creating life-changing inclusion through structures of belonging This workshop is specifically for leaders at organizations that have institutional power to make a difference -- team managers, org leaders, C-Suite executives, etc. We'll ground ourselves in some basic community strategy principles, take part in powerful stories and case studies, and make mini roadmaps for new structures of belonging at our workplaces.
All talks can be adapted to the following formats: 10 minute keynote, 30 minute keynote, 30 minute fireside chat*, 60 minute fireside chat*, 60 minute workshop, or 90 minute workshop. We generally recommend a 60 minute workshop unless otherwise requested.
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