I have helped change government laws, business policies as well as hearts and minds through my 'gentle protest' methodology.
I am an award-winning activist, author, Ashoka fellow and founder of the global Craftivist Collective that provides products and services to individuals, groups and organisations around the world. I'm also the weekly 'Activist Whisperer' columnist for Lush.
I grew up in a low-income area of Liverpool into an activist family squatting to save social houses at the age of 3 (they won) as well as campaigning on global issues, winning lockers for my school aged 17 when my Head Teacher said it would be impossible. I have worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as and as a professional campaigner for over a decade most recently as an Activism Manager for Oxfam GB.
Creating DIY kits, products and tools for individuals and groups around the world I also consult and collaborate with charities such as Save the Children and Unicef, arts institutions such as Tate and V&A amongst others, and focuses on reaching new audiences with unusual allies such as Secret Cinema and Tatty Devine. I teach 'gentle protest' and craftivism in universities around the world from Parsons New School NYC to Helsinki University and embarrassingly my talk ‘Activism Needs Introverts’ was chosen as a TED Talk Of The Day and has has been viewed over a million times so far. Eek!
My new book 'How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest’ is out now (Penguin Random House) and I live in East London, UK.
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