Bootcamp 2: The Organising Team
We're delighted to welcome some new members to the organising team for Bootcamp 2, as well as some familiar faces.
Cian is an activist, technologist and academic. He is former technology director at 38 Degrees, the UK's largest people powered campaigning movement, where he continues to advise on technology strategy. There he successfully campaigned to halt the privatisation of England's woodlands, took on big energy companies, and was awed by hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members together affecting real change.
Cian researches and teaches at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex. His research interests include the sociology of large technological systems, and innovation for sustainability.
Cian recently co-founded Uplift.ie, Ireland's first people powered campaigning organisation.
Eilidh works in international development as CAFOD's Campaigns Manager in London. From the Highlands of Scotland, she got involved in campaigning at university, attracted by the opportunities for late night banner making and taking action on issues ranging from the arms trade to fair trade.
Since then she’s worked on everything from lobbying the Scottish Parliament for strong climate legislation to running legal activism training in Beijing, as well as freelancing for 38 Degrees and End Water Poverty along the way. She spends free time planning trips, rushing around East London, and willing her balcony plants not to die.
Hanna is currently based in London and Tel Aviv. Before joining SumOfUs as a Campaigner, she chased UN conferences around the world as part of the youth climate movement, founded the East London Green Jobs Alliance, was Co-Director at The Otesha Project UK, got an MSc in Climate Change & Policy, and worked on crowdfunded solar energy campaigns for 10:10. She is also an experienced trainer in anti-oppression and environmental justice. When she’s not at her laptop, Hanna likes biking, baking, and taking photos. She’s also learning the ukelele but it’s not going that well.
Johnny is the co-founder and Executive Director of Campaign Bootcamp. Johnny was a founding campaigner at 38 Degrees where he ran the Save our Forests campaign and the campaign to protect the NHS. After that he moved to Change.org to work with campaigns teams in 18 countries as Director of Campaign Innovation. He now splits his time between Bootcamp and SumOfUs.
Katharine is an experienced digital campaigner and dedicated to creating tools and campaigns for social change that are innovative, engaging and fun. She is a co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp and is currently the Director of Digital at the Labour Party, she is a former campaigner at Change.org and Account Director at Blue State Digital, she has worked on a number of successful campaigns including Hope not Hate, Take Back Parliament and Elizabeth Warren for Senate.
Rachel Collinson was voted in the UK's Top 50 Most Influential People in Fundraising. She is Director of Innovation and Knowledge Sharing at Engaging Networks some of the week, and a supporter experience consultant the rest. Over her 15 year career in the nonprofit digital sector, she has worked with dozens of local, national and international campaigns and fundraising drives, from small charities to big household names. Her most high-profile projects have been the 'Save Santa's Home' campaign for Greenpeace and '64 For Suu' for the Burma Campaign UK. She likes LOLcats, being honest about her failings, and Pepsi Max (a bit too much)...
Tom is is a co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp, a campaigner and blogger. He built his first campaigning website using Dreamweaver back in 2005. He now works as Advocacy Alliances Manager at Tearfund where he support campaigning organisations across the world. He blogs at Thoughtful Campaigner and is a keen observer of the rapidly changing trends in advocacy in the UK and beyond. A member of the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network Advisory Panel, he has over 10 years’ experience developing on and offline campaigning tools that have helped to mobilise hundreds of thousands of individuals in the UK and beyond to take action on a wide range of issues.
Weldon is a co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp and the Global Development Director and Interim European Director for Change.org - the world's largest platform for social change. Prior to building our Change.org's European operation, he spent several years campaigning for international development and social justice at ONE, Ed Miliband's Labour leadership campaign, and the Democratic Party in the US. Weldon was lucky enough to take part in the New Organizing Institute's first ever digital organizing bootcamp in 2006, and has finally found a way to return that gift by co-founding Campaign Bootcamp and helping many more campaigners find their power to make the world a better place.
Before becoming a freelance campaigns consultant in July 2013, Hannah Lownsbrough was the founding Campaigns Director of 38 Degrees, a community of UK citizens campaigning together on the issues they care about. In the time she spent there, 38 Degrees grew from 400 to 1.7 million members, and became fully funded by member donations. She is the author of several reports for the thinktank Demos and has been a trustee for Crisis, an organisation working with single homeless people. She now lives in Hackney, east London, where she is a school governor. As a consultant, her clients have included GetUp.org.au, Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs.org and Save the Children International. She's very excited about Bootcamp!