Join infamous Russian feminist activist punk band, Pussy Riot and thought leaders in an exploration of activism in the social and digital age.
Bristol is a city with a long reputation for driving social change. This half-day conference during Social Media Week provides the perfect global platform to explore how activism is evolving and transforming as a result of social and digital channels and opportunities.
The conference will be hosted by Bess Hepworth (@bess_hepworth), human rights campaigner and Founder/Executive Director of Planet Ally who specialises in using social media as a tool for visibility, solidarity and advocacy.
The session will share high profile global case studies of positive change, include presentations from activists and activist groups, a panel discussion and an audience Q&A.
- Bisi Alimi, Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate who gained international attention when he became the first Nigerian to ‘come out’ on television.
- Seyi Akiwowo, Founder of Glitch #ToxicTwitter Campaign focused on ending abuse online
- Josh Connor, Activist and Organiser, LGSMigrants Bristol
- Shannon Power, Health Editor, Gay Star News
- Ben Wright, Managing Director of Bristol24/7. Ben launched Better Bristol, a collaborative initiative to fund sustainable social and environmental projects, support independent journalism in Bristol and bring local businesses and the community together.
The event will be rounded off with a fireside chat with Pussy Riot members.
This event is aimed at campaigners, cause-related marketers, non-profits, charities and anyone with an interested in mobilising social change.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Bristol School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies and the Gender Research Centre.