Raymond Antrobus is a spoken word poet and photographer, born and bred in Hackney. He is co-curator of Chill Pill/Keats House Forum. He has been performing poetry since 2007 and is the International Farrago slam champion 2008 and Canterbury Word Slam Champ 2012. He’s performed at Literature Festivals at London’s Southbank Centre and Universities across London, Manchester and Coventry. Raymond has also toured Germany, Italy, South Africa & USA.Raymond is currently studying on the pilot Spoken Word Education programme as part of the MA Writer/Teacher at Goldsmiths.
Martin Wright is a Director of Forum for the Future, with particular responsibility for India. He is Founding Editor of Green Futures, the world’s leading magazine on environmental solutions and sustainable futures. He is Visiting Judge for the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy (www.ashdenawards.org).
Mica Nava is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of East London, UK. Since the 1980s her work has contributed to the expansion of the field of cultural studies in the UK and abroad. In the last two decades she has been invited to give keynote conference papers and/or special lectures in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Holland, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United States, as well as at universities and other venues throughout Britain.
Peter Tatchell was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1952 and has been campaigning since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and global justice. His human rights inspirations include Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankhurst and Martin Luther King.
Brooke Magnanti, one of Observer’s “Faces of 2009” and Guardian newspaper’s “Best British Weblog 2003,” is a scientist and author. She wrote the bestselling Belle de Jour series of books, which were adapted into the hit ITV show “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” starring Billie Piper. She is also the author of The Sex Myth, published by Orion in 2012. She has a masters in Genetic Epidemiology and gained her PhD at the Department of Forensic Pathology, University of Sheffield. Her professional interests include population-based research, standards of evidence, and human biology and anthropology.
Hamit Dardagan co-founded the Iraq Body Count project in 2002 (www.iraqbodycount.org), and is the co-director of the Every Casualty programme at Oxford Research Group (ORG), a London-based think tank.
Leandro Herrero is an organization architect, speaker, author and consultant; he heads The Chalfont Project, a UK based international consulting firm. Leandro and his team are in the business of creating Remarkable Organizations, organizations ‘worth remembering’ with stories worth telling. The “behavioural DNA” which makes an organization remarkable, resilient, ahead of the game and ever change-able is his personal passion.
Lisa Ma socialises activism. Combining fringe communities, ethnographic research and speculative design, her unusual ‘platforms of engagement’ creates social events that are perceived as activism but function as services.
Before retiring Liz Fewings was a primary school teacher and a trained Reading Recovery specialist. Since retiring Liz has seized the opportunity to volunteer for a variety of projects, including nature conservation and guerilla gardening.
Laura Bates founded the Everyday Sexism Project in April 2012 after realising that people no longer considered sexism to be a problem within society. The online platform where women can submit everyday examples of sexism directly or via email or Twitter, gives women from all over the world a voice.
Stephanie Pau has recently founded Citizen Inventor, a UK citizen science community open to all. Steph holds a master in electronics and electrical engineering from Imperial College, London. Beside technology, she has a strong interest in art, science and life-long learning. Multi-disciplinarity has planted a seed early in her training. During her master, she collaborated with the Fashion Department at Central Saint Martins to create wearable electronics. After, she started working as a software engineer across a wide range of industries and cultures.
Paul Smyth is the co-founders of the London based collective Something & Son, whose work reflects a varied backgrounds and passion in art, social enterprise, the environment and engineering, leading them to produce popular, provocative and witty work that tackles the big design and social/environmental challenges of our time.
Mitu Khandaker is a game designer and programmer. She founded one-woman indie studio The Tiniest Shark, and recently released sci-fi parody life-sim “Redshirt”. She is also completing a PhD in video game controllers and aesthetics at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Mitu was named one of Develop magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 upcoming developers in 2012, and was recently declared a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit.
Mark Easton joined the BBC in 1986 as a reporter and since 2004 he has been the Home Editor of BBC News broadcasting in national television, radio and online. His role is to provide expert analysis and broad perspective on the issues and stories affecting modern Britain.