Challenge the norms and make diversity, equity and inclusion your focus
The Cannes Lions Festival wants everyone to feel welcome to share their ideas on our stages.
We know that creativity is better when it is designed by people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Enriching our understanding of those diverse viewpoints is a vital role of LIONS and its Festival, so we are looking for global ideas presented by people who reflect the societies and communities we seek to reach and serve.
For this to happen, LIONS, and the creative industry it represents, must ensure that all ideas challenge norms and monocultural perspectives. The creative ideas we hear must work together to present a global outlook. And as the Festival organiser, we commit to creating an environment where voices that have been traditionally silenced, excluded or marginalised are heard.
Before submitting, ask yourself if the cast of characters represents society at large? If not, please continue to work on your content idea and line-up before submitting.
Please consider who you submit with as much rigour as you would the topics they discuss. All submissions will be scored against our guiding principles and only those scoring highly on ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ (DEI) and ‘Breaking Out of The Echo Chamber’ will be considered.
We are looking for content proposals that bring in a plethora of ideas that challenge norms and stereotypes associated with your topic, and are not viewed through one homogeneous lens representing one gender, region or demographic, for example. Those that score highly will put diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of their idea, in terms of their selection of speakers and the core ideas and perspectives presented.
Our definition of DEI can be found here lionscreativity.com/diversity-inclusion