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Saturday 19th June 12pm | Taliesin

With Jay Griffiths, Dr Mya-Rose Craig (BirdGirl UK), Samia Zaman, Sophie Howe and Andrew Miller (Chair), and  a creative provocation by Dave mangenner Gough.

‘We’ve stopped living as if there’s no tomorrow, and it feels like a new era is about to dawn.’  — Morgan Parry, Wales in 2050: A View from the Future

What is the future of transformational change? How might we be more creative about the ways in which we campaign and protest, both from within and outside our systems of government? How do we measure the true impact of our actions - in policy, the media, or in radical shifts in societal behaviour? What part can education play in sowing the seeds for rapid and ingrained cultural change? The climate and ecological crises are symbiotic and systemic challenges - is single-issue activism therefore a thing of the past? What can we learn from our pasts to inform our futures and perhaps most importantly what, over this last year of pandemic, have we learnt about change? About its limitations, its possibilities and our own ability as a species to embody it, in action as well as thought. We’ll interrogate these questions and more at the eighth event in our ten-day programme of discussions and provocations exploring creativity and the climate crisis, Everything Change.

This event will be broadcast live and include a Q&A session where audiences will be able to join in the discussion.

Booking is essential to access this free, online event.  Live English-language captioning will be available.

 

Sophie Howe is the world’s only Future Generations Commissioner, with a remit set out in law to be “the guardian of the interests of future generations in  Wales”. Since taking up the post in 2016, she has been described by the Big Issue as one of the UK’s leading changemakers. Her role is to provide advice to  the Government and other public bodies in Wales on delivering social, economic,  environmental and cultural well-being for current and future generations and assessing and  reporting on how they are delivering.  She has been named one of the top 100 Business Women in Wales, is a fellow at Cardiff University Business School and Swansea University, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a degree in law and politics.

Dr Mya-Rose Craig is a British-Bangladeshi birder, conservationist and environmentalist. She writes a blog, Birdgirl, appears on TV and radio and regularly gives talks, having shared a stage with Greta Thunberg. For her work as Founder and President of Black2Nature, which she set up age 13, she is the youngest British person to be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science age 17 for her work fighting for equal access to nature and for ethnic diversity in the environmental sector. In September 2020 she visited the Arctic with Greenpeace, highlighting the second lowest sea ice minimum and doing the most northerly youth strike ever.   birdgirluk.com

Samia Zaman works in film and television in Bangladesh as a creator, organiser and manager. She founded the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), which will curate a South Asia showcase at Cannes Docs this year.  She is the CEO and Editor of Ekattor Television, the premier 24 hour news channel of Bangladesh. 

Andrew Miller MBE is recognised as one of the most influential disability advocates in the UK. He is a National Council member of Arts Council England, a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a trustee of Welsh National Opera. He was the first wheelchair user to run a major UK arts venue at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and as a cultural consultant his recent clients have included the University of Oxford, British Council and Coventry City of Culture Trust. In 2020 he co-founded the UK Disability Arts Alliance, #WeShallNotBeRemoved, to support disabled artists through Covid-19. Andrew is also the UK Government’s first Disability Champion for Arts & Culture

Jay Griffiths is the award-winning author of Wild: An Elemental Journey; Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time;  Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape. Her most recent book Why Rebel is now published as a Penguin Special. 'If bravery itself could write, it would write like she does' - John Berger

Dave  mangenner Gough is a proud trawlwoolway man who descends from bungana (chief), manalargenna’s oldest daughter, woretemoeteyemer  of North East Tasmania. As an artist, curator and educator Dave shares his passion of storytelling through multiple mediums. From gallery spaces, to landscapes, audiences are taken on a journey towards cultural shift.

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