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Turning Creativity into Social Impact
As levels of inequality show no sign of levelling out, we're seeing more and more creatives turning their hand to projects that benefit society.
As a creative you can use your skills to add weight to campaigns, programmes and businesses that deal with issues that people really care about. This can often set you apart from the competition, bring new passion to your working practice, and diversify your portfolio and your network. Great sparks can fly when genuine, generous creativity is let loose on a problem that needs fixing.
Chaired by Social Enterprise Consultant Joseph Gray, this discussion will inform on how to balance a creative practice with making a difference. We'll hear from 3 of the Capital's most original and creative social entrepreneurs, who will share their thoughts on how to continue down your creative pathway whilst adding value to the communities you find yourself a part of.
You don't need any prior knowledge of social enterprise for this, but our promise to you is that you'll leave the room with newly found passion - and a good idea of how to mobilise it.
Speaking at this event:
Andre is an Educator, Writer & Designer - as well as being an inherently social thinker. Indeed, it would be difficult to meet a man who does more understated good with his own creativity. From launching a micro library to developing new mechanics for creative learning - Andre is deep & creative thinker who by day helps brands shape meaningful strategies on behalf of B&A Ltd - an award winning agency based in east London. Andre was the creative force behind LIVE Magazine for many years, & these days a lot of his creative output is channelled thru his role as Headmaster of Freedom & Balance - an art college for art college rejects.
Esther has spent over 15 years working in the not for profit, social enterprise & business sectors, running award winning campaigns, supporting enterprise & building teams. She founded the Social Change Agency in 2013 with a desire to combine organising, technology, communication & social enterprise to create a leading non sector-specific agency to improve movement building across the world. Esther is a 2011 Clore Social Fellow, 2012 Winston Churchill Fellow & 2013 SSE Fellow & was recently placed in the top Women in Social Enterprise.
Joseph is a youth and social impact specialist with over 10 years’ experience working with organisations such as youth engagement agency Livity, education consultancy Edcoms, & The British Council. At Livity, he was Head of Programme for somewhereto_, a £7m Big Lottery funded programme supporting young creative & social entrepreneurs in the development of their ideas. He's worked wit Red Bull & Google on their social impact strategies, and more recently has consulted for The Barbican, Mixcloud & the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Julius is the founder of social enterprise Second Shot - a coffee fuelled business employing people affected by homelessness. Individuals are trained up by peers at Second Shot, & are then transitioned on to long term employment opportunities elsewhere. Absolutely convinced that high quality output should not be compromised by a commitment to social impact, Julius & his team bring top notch service & product to Bethnal Green Road, day in day out. He is also Chairman of Enactus UCL, a community of academic, business, and student leaders committed to using the power of social enterprise to create a better, more sustainable world.
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