She filled it with “anthropological advice” about how to approach the world like a fieldwork project.
“But I am suggesting a different kind of openness and vulnerability. One that engages you and decenters you, requires you not to be at the center of attention or a social network. This kind of vulnerability, or humility, brings with it grace.
Maintain your ability to be surprised â€“ this takes work but is another important part of how to be in the world and another piece of anthropological advice I would give you. Experiencing surprise is a really good thing as it marks the moments when we encounter the stuff that doesnâ€™t fit into our world views. It is when our assumptions are most clearly revealed, allowing us to move past them.”
Download the text of her speech (pdf, 9 pages)