Lisanne Swart.

I’m a writer and content creator.

Purpose

To tell stories that inspire, encourage or educate women to connect with themselves and their communities.

About Lisanne Swart

Stories that transform lives.

I grew up watching women from all across the country sharing their personal stories at The Oprah Winfrey Show. I spent time watching CNN with Christiana Amanpour asking controversial questions to even more controversial world leaders. I loved author James Baldwin always speaking truth to power, and Louis Theroux from the BBC during Weird Weekends. I’ve been greatly inspired by them and many others, but especially by the way television can be used as a medium to transform lives. It’s very refreshing that an extremely powerful medium like that can be used in such a way that it can touch lives, inform us about something we didn’t know yet, or to let us see that we might be more connected to one another and those we call “strange” than we might think sometimes. Along the way I’ve made it my mission to tell stories in my own way, through mediums I prefer, but enables women to see themselves in the stories that I’m able to tell. I like it when broadcasting starts meaningful conversations. Those incredible people who came before me influenced my vision of how I want my platform to be like. I hope you stick with us.

“Your right to speak, comes with your duty to listen.”

– Amit Kalandri

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Pushing the conversation forward.

We women, we are voices. We have deep thoughts and ideas, beliefs and values about the world. We have the power to speak in order to be heard and to fight back when we are silenced. In many ways, I write articles to trigger conversations. There are always areas of vast silence in any culture – subjects we don’t like to talk about. I like to go into those areas and come back from silence with something to say.

 

As women we can learn from each other by sharing experiences. I want the stories that I put out to mean something, but most importantly, let other women see themselves in the stories of others. That’s when we learn and thrive. The power of stories is when we experience certain things, especially the painful ones, we can connect it to one of our stories and say; I’ve seen this before. I know how to deal with this.

Pushing the conversation forward.

In many ways I prefer to write about topics that can easily disappear. From trauma, to the meaning of workbooks or businessAlthough some issues don’t make it to global news, the issues and the initiatives to solve those issues are evident – yet they are not so widely visible.

My projects

Here’s a short list of some of the projects I’ve been working on lately.

Stories

My blog

I feel very lucky to get to connect with so many extraordinary people. Whenever I have the chance, I set aside a few minutes to share what I’m learning here, on the blog. By now, the blog has basically become my personal journey into what matters in the world and why. So you’ll find me sharing about the people I meet, the books I’m reading and what I’m learning. I hope you will join the conversation.

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Areas of interest:

Sharing books I loved reading.

Lis’ Book Club

Asked Questions
from the Community

  • Let’s say that the issues that I talk about can easily disappear. The kids in Africa that die every year due to diarrhea because they lack basic hygiene standards, is not something that you hear about very often. Although some issues might not fit the general concept of newsworthy, the issues and the initiatives to solve those issues are evident – yet they are not so widely visible. However, so many women and people across the world in field like philanthropy or health are doing incredible work. They have a voice, and I wouldn’t underestimate the value of that. Through writing I want to embrace those incredible men and women, tell their stories and find the right melody to bring their work and those issues to a larger public. I think artists have the ability to connect this generation with causes that will both be meaningful and accelerate progress at the same time.

  • My answer: My bed makes almost every other thing I ever bought useless. I truly love to sleep.

  • It gives me a lot of joy to discover something I didn’t know yet. I like new ideas and I like the sensation of “not knowing” because it gives me the idea that I’m moving forward. Asking questions can be a way to test gaps in my own knowledge. And like they often say; the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know a thing, which motivates me to keep on going. In a way it’s a drug to learn more and it can deepen your relationship with people as well. A conversation is like a dance in which you can discover how far you can go with people. I like that as well.

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