Hello! I’m Samantha Nolan-Smith, founder of The Age of Visibility.
The Age of Visibility is a movement that’s focused on shining a light on the invisible forces of oppression.
We explore the unconscious methods by which oppression is perpetuated. We explore the roles that all of us play in society as both oppressed and oppressor.
We share techniques for dismantling oppression from the inside, out.
We help you to release visibility blocks (inner blocks that we all carry and which limit your ability to be the most confident, articulate, fully expressed person you can be).
We support you to overcome the conditioning and internal narrative we’ve all internalised about who can and should be visible in the world and how that should look and sound.
We share tools and strategies to support you to release yourself from the grinding impact of systemic inequality (interconnected systems that help certain people thrive at the expense of others).
We help you to see the blinding effects of unacknowledged privilege, unconscious bias, and internalised oppression.
Then we give you the resources you need to overcome these things so you can stop playing small and being marginalised in a world that desperately needs to see and hear from you.
Your thoughts on the worldwide problem of women and their oppression/lack of power/permission to be visible attracted me to your work. You are honest, spot on, and without gimmick. That’s so refreshing.
— Shalagh, Maryland, USA
If this is your first visit here, you might want to start with our page of visibility resources.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
I’m a white Australian woman who has proudly called herself a feminist from the day I first heard the term.
I’ve a passion for:
- the intersection between social justice, and personal and spiritual development
- reading (literary fiction and non-fiction are my two great loves)
- my husband and my kids (they make everything shinier and more wondrous)
- yoga (yin, vinyasa, and pranayama) and self-directed compassion
- tea (green or earl grey) or red wine and cheese
- the idea of a closed loop economy
- long walks and listening to podcasts
- political philosophy, Feminist philosophy, and 20th century French philosophy
- the wide brown land on which I live and the great red dirt that blankets her interior
- the mighty Aboriginal people of Australia, and
- picnics. I love a good picnic.
Here are some things that tire and/or distress me;
- people of privilege fully embracing the ways they have been victimised in life while refusing to look at how they consciously and unconsciously perpetuate systemic inequality
- men saying that sexual harassment and sexual assault are women’s fault, or that there are no women in their boardroom or speaking at their conferences because there just aren’t any suitable women to fill the roles
- white people saying race is a person of colour’s problem
- ably bodied people not bothering to educate themselves on how to better accommodate people living with a disability in society
- heterosexual people presuming they have the right to say anything at all about how LGBT people should live their lives
- the mind boggling lack of compassion that many people show to refugees.
LLB/BA from the University of NSW (with a wonderful semester at the University of British Columbia thrown in the mix), BA (Hons) from Monash University, GDLP from the College of Law, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, qualified Compassion Key and Journey Practitioner.
Samantha Nolan-Smith is the founder of The Age of Visibility, a movement that’s focused on shining a light on the invisible forces of oppression.
By shining that light she supports people to step out of the shadows of marginalisation and feel comfortable with being seen and heard in the world.
Combining her background as a lawyer and public policy advisor with her training in personal and spiritual development, Samantha has a unique approach to overcoming barriers to visibility and dismantling oppression from the inside, out.
Samantha is available for interviews and speaking engagements on the following topics:
- Being seen and heard in a noisy world
- Visibility blocks – how internalised oppression stops us from speaking up
- The invisible forces of oppression – how privilege and unconscious bias perpetuate systemic inequality
- The personal is political – transforming systemic inequality from the inside out.
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