Platon Proves that Speech Moves
Power is derived from communication. A well-constructed sentiment or phrase can be all that’s needed to win or lose an election, inspire or deflate a movement, encourage a child or depress a life. There’s power to speech. It moves people, and when brandished by the hands of a skilled orator can move the audience wherever speaker wants them to go. That’s powerful and should be wielded with respect, with responsibility. Few are as understanding of this than Platon, a photographer and a communicator who is not only on the roster at B&A but also with the Washington Speakers Bureau, and leader in the movement #SpeechMoves. To celebrate the launch of this movement, Platon, Great Bowery Films, and WSB worked together to create a video featuring James Comey, Madeline Albright, Caitlyn Jenner, and like Sugar Ray Leonard and Tony Blair.
“I believe in the power of humanity. I believe in the power of speech,” Platon says, kicking off the video that explores the forms that power can come in. Empowerment, inspiration, validation. But more than a launch, it is an invitation. Social Media has granted a platform to everyone with an internet connection, but part of the anonymity of social media is that words lose their integrity when tossed into the world without a face behind them. #SpeechMoves invites participants to share what moves them, with their face and name. It’s the beginning of a meaningful conversation about the power of speech, and each submission is rich with humanity.