Are you an online activists, or want to ramp up leading change in an area you feel passionate about? We’re honoured to have these digital activism trailblazers at BritMums Live, sharing their experiences and advice in the session “Digital Activism – Charities, campaigning and shaping the world we live in”. Each is experienced in different areas, and each bring their own voice to making a difference in the world in which we live.
About the panelists:
Karen Cannard is the co-founder of The Rubbish Diet Challenge, a feel-good slimming club for bins that motivates “dieters” into reducing waste beyond their expectations. Writing as “Almost Mrs Average”, The Rubbish Diet began in 2008 as blog about her council’s Zero Waste Week challenge, during which Karen unexpectedly reduced her family’s waste to just a plaster. She has since influenced thousands of people and has featured on Woman’s Hour, The One Show, C4 Dispatches and ITV’s Tonight documentary “Throwaway Britain”. She is a local columnist, BBC Radio Suffolk’s Bin Doctor and a Trustee of Reuseful UK. She has been highlighted for the second year running as one of the top 10 most influential people in the UK’s resource sector. As well as helping people feel great about making a difference at home, Karen is also passionate about waste reduction innovation that’s making an impact on the UK economy. Follow Karen at @therubbishdiet.
Hayley Goleniowska. A former language teacher and voice-over artist, Hayley is now the mum of two gorgeous girls, the youngest of whom, Natty, has Down’s Syndrome. She blogs, speaks, provides training and writes articles on the subject for parents, teachers, medical staff and other organisations. Through her blog Downs Side Up, she aims to both offer support and encouragement to new families with a diagnosis and to gently change perceptions of Down’s Syndrome through her powerful words and beautiful photographs. Natty is also a clothing model and an amazing ambassador for children with disabilities everywhere, featuring in countless newspapers, magazines, journals, TV and radio programmes. You can find Hayley on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. @DownsSideUp
Jean McLean is Head of Mobilisation at Save the Children. Her role involves influencing and campaigning on high profile issues relating to child survival and protection. Her work has contributed to over half a million people engaging David Cameron to tackle hunger. This resulted in the pledging of £2.7bn for nutrition interventions to aid 1.7 million children. Prior to her role at Save the Children Jean worked for the National Union of Student as Head of Communications. During her time she mobilised 52,000 people to participate in the biggest student demonstration in 30 years. She also developed the campaign strategy to reverse a decision by HSBC bank to charge graduates interest on their ’interest free’ accounts, saving graduates over £20 million in the first year.
Michelle Pannell. Michelle’s tales of everyday life and imperfect parenting of an 11-year-old boy and 7-year-old twin girls as well as her positive Christian outlook on life have made her name known in the UK parenting blogosphere. Her blog, Mummy from the Heart, has struck a chord with and is read by thousands of women across the world. Michelle readily left behind the corporate arena but draws on her 20 years of career experience from the fields of hotel, recruitment and HR management as a writer, in her current voluntary roles, and as a digital activist. Michelle is passionate about fighting for a better world and as such she campaigns for a number of charities and not-for-profits but it is her work as a ONE ambassador that has impacted her most. In 2012 Michelle was selected to travel to Ethiopia with ONE to report on global poverty and health issues. Then in 2014 she was invited to Washington, DC, where she attended the AYA Summit for girls and women worldwide. “I feel humbled to be able to act as an advocate and campaigner for those living in poverty.” @michelletwinmum
Don’t miss out on this and other great sessions, opportunities to connect with brands, the parties and networking with all your favourite bloggers at BritMums Live!