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Campaign Bootcamp 4: June 2015
Bootcamp 4 will bring together fired-up troublemakers from across the UK who work on a huge range of issues and campaigns. Scroll down to meet the team and our fantastic Bootcampers!
Bootcamp 4 will take place from the 7th - 12th of June at Debden House, which is about an hour from central London right by Epping Forest.
We've spent weeks finding applicants and interviewing so many incredible people dedicated to a fairer, greener and more equal society. Out of the 225 who applied, we've selected 35 from a range of backgrounds to come together and learn what it takes to be an effective and happy campaigner in the digital age.
We can't wait to tell you how it goes! In the mean time, read about the organising team and the fantastic Bootcampers below.
The Organising Team
The organising team changes for each Bootcamp, and each organiser brings their own expertise. They host the residential week, delivering training and support to Bootcampers to learn as much as they can in the packed bootcamp week. Here they are:
Mikayla is passionate about empowering people to make the changes they want to see in the world. She is currently the Programme Coordinator for UpRising Birmingham and has been involved with youth other development organisations such as Envision, UFA and NCS-The Challenge since graduating from University of Birmingham with a Social Policy degree. It was at University where she first got a taste of activism and campaign through getting involved with the Guild of Students. In her free time, she enjoys learning new songs on the ukulele.
Kash, is the son of a lovely Indian man, and a Kenyan lady who's also his hero. He works full time as a campaigner for Save the Children. Before that, he was really active in the student movement, where he discovered he quite liked changing the world. When he’s not campaigning he’s usually jumping up and down at gigs or staring lovingly at his vinyl collection.
Nim is a community activist and freelance writer, trainer & facilitator and equality and diversity specialist. Nim has held a number of strategic roles in the anti-racist, LGBTQI, women's and disability sectors. They co-founded QTIPOC London and are an inaugural member of the Edge Fund. Previous to this they co-founded and Directed So We Stand. This won Nim an Olive Morris Memorial Award for activism and was named a Guardian "Youth Climate Leader". Nim grew up and lives in Walthamstow, is passionate about film, plays the drums, loves avocados and has a penchant for cheesy 90s music.
Bex went on the very first bootcamp, loved it, and decided to do it all again as an organiser. Bex is currently a campaigns manager at 38 Degrees, and has a background in mobilising activists to challenge corporate power. In 2014 she co-founded the campaign group Amazon Anonymous, organising a mass Christmas boycott of Amazon to expose its worker exploitation and tax dodging practices. Outside this, Bex is into building websites and a mad cricket fan.
Kajal campaigns for the website Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform supporting campaigns from women on banknotes to putting FGM on the Government's agenda. She has 8 years of experience organising national campaigns including protecting patient rights at Macmillan, tackling benefits cuts with homeless charity Crisis and supporting young people engage in politics at the UK Youth Parliament. Passionate about racial justice, Kajal has also helped set up the People of Colour in Campaigns network.
Anna is the Training Manager at Campaign Bootcamp. Before this she trained and supported climate activist groups around the world. She has also worked with and trained grassroots groups working on a range of issues in the UK. She believes that training spaces are places where real magic and transformation can happen. Experiencing it herself while on Training for Change’s 'SuperT', a 19 day training for trainers in Philadelphia, USA. When not working with a group she is happiest on her bike, or with her head in a book.
Genevieve is the programme manager at Campaign Bootcamp. Prior to joining the Bootcamp team she designed the Great Men project which aims to empower boys and men to challenge negative gender stereotypes. She campaigns with feminist, anti-austerity and climate groups in London. When she's not talking to Bootcampers about their troublemaking plans she's to be found singer-songwritering around Brixton.
Casper is one of the co-founders of Campaign Bootcamp and a Public Policy and Divinity graduate student at Harvard University. Before moving to the USA, he worked for Oxfam, Avaaz.org and helped set up the UK Youth Climate Coalition. Casper served on 350.org International Advisory Board and is now training to be a minister for non-religious people. He lives with his fiancé Sean in Cambridge, MA and loves to sing.
Aderonke is a human rights activist. She is passionate about issues affecting LGBTIs globally, equality and feminism and a leading campaigner for better treatment of LGBT Asylum Seekers in the UK.
Aderonke has been awarded the Care2 scholarship for Care2 petition starters.
I'm a youth worker in training. I don't think an activist can just care about one issue so there are loads I campaign for! Mental health, youth employment and skills development and affordable housing and community land trusts are the things that drive me.
Alex has been awarded the Shami Chakrabarti scholarship for BAME campaigners
I work for the communications department of the Open Society Foundations, helping give a voice to the voiceless. I am originally from Greece but have worked in different places in Europe and the Middle East. I have a keen interest in minority rights, social cohesion in Europe and promotion of education. I'm a restless traveler.
I am currently a 1st year BA Arabic and Linguistics student at SOAS University of London, a Team v Leader for Hackney (2014-15), and a languages ambassador for Routes into Languages. I am against the stigma around mental health, I believe youth clubs should be reintroduced to (disadvantaged) communities and I think the young people of today are amazing.
Oh, and, I love the feeling volunteering gives me.
Atika has been awarded the UNICEF scholarship for young campaigners.
I am a campaign and research officer at Crisis Action in Nairobi. In the course of my work, I have been inspired in my interactions with incredible human rights campaigners in Kenya, Sudan and South Sudan scaling the imposing mountain of justice for some of the world's most vulnerable civilians. I am passionate about amplifying the voices of the most vulnerable in society, and rugby.
I am the lead organiser at Positive Money where I spend time thinking about how to build a vibrant and diverse network. I am interested in how systems exacerbate inequality, how you communicate complex things simply and facilitation. I recently started playing football (badly).
I'm an activist with experience campaigning for council housing, free education, mental health and free whistleblowers. I specialise in Philosophy and Politics of Mental Health.
Ellese has been awarded the Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling poverty and inequality in London.
I'm currently studying and doing voluntary work on issues I care about. Representing the Unity Centre in Glasgow, I worked with the Right to Remain campaign to argue for fair treatment of people seeking asylum in the UK and for justice in the immigration system. I have also been involved with the campaign to close down the Dungavel immigration detention centre in Scotland, along with Unity Centre, Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and other organisations and individuals.
Emmanuel has been awarded the Campaign Bootcamp scholarship for refuegees and migrants.
I'm an organiser and trustee of the UK Youth Climate Coalition. I campaign to influence decision makers to tackle climate change. I also work with young people, training them to run campaigns and become social leaders in their communities. I'm passionate about social change, challenging injustice and learning from different global change movements.
Born in the United States but currently calling East London home, I work as the Special Adviser to the Managing Director of Purpose Europe, an organisation that builds and accelerates movements to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Outside of the office, I am part of the London, Hackney and LSE fossil fuel divestment campaigns. I drink lots of coffee and believe in the power of collective and democratic action to change the world.
An intersectional feminist and human rights activist. I spend my time fighting gender based oppression and inequality. Also volunteering for MyBodyBack, an organisation that helps women to love and look after their bodies physically, after sexual violence.
I work as Digital Campaigns Officer at ShareAction. I am passionate about improving social mobility and fighting inequality in the UK.
I am passionate about seeing change in our societies, particularly in our unequal society, South Africa. I am currently coordinating a national campaign for tax transparency and have coordinated the Alternative Mining Indaba for 2 consecutive years.
Johnlyn currently works at Oxfam in South Africa.
I'm passionate about human rights and social justice, and currently campaign to reduce mental health discrimination. I believe in the good in all people and harnessing it to create positive change.
Karen has been awarded the Mind scholarship to come to Bootcamp
I am active campaigner in disability rights and access fields. Equally I am passionate about health and social care provisions in UK, in particular that services are delivered compassionately preserving the dignity of patients.
Kumara has been awarded the Scope scholarship for disabled campaigners.
Raised by grandparents in a working class family, music and access to free university education changed my life for the better. I've worked in arts, social welfare and human rights charities for twenty years, and I'm passionate that everyone should get the best chances whatever their background. Education should be for all, and the voluntary sector needs to be led by the people who need the support of charities.
Leon has been awarded the Trust for London scholarship for campaigners based tackling poverty and inequality in London.
I am a campaigns associate at Tearfund who is currently scoping out a global campaign. I have an MA in ethnic conflict and human rights and am really passionate about issues that relate to these particular areas, most notably the underreported problem of child piracy. I dream of one day being a human rights journalist and helping to changing the world through my words.
I am a dreamer, dancer and occasionally dysfunctional poet/artist/activist with a chronic urgency for living and a dog-eared determination to challenge all the injustices in the world. My heart sings when I take my bowler hat on adventures and I adore channelling my creativity into changing the world. Most likely to: whip out an inspirational quote and start a discussion about the meaning of life. Least likely to: accept the status quo and leave an awkward silence lingering.
Lynn has been awarded the Campaign Bootcamp mental health scholarship, crowd-funded by the Bootcamp community.
I campaign on issues of equality, education, women and refugees rights. I currently work for Women for Refugee Women.
Marchu has been awarded the Campaign Bootcamp Scholarship for Refugees and Migrants.
I currently work at the British Red Cross primarily campaigning for a more humane asylum system and improved health and social care. I'm passionate about advocating for real change and would like to see more people in positions of power take notice of the most vulnerable.
I'm an women's rights campaigner for ActionAid UK during the day, and a blogger at night. I'm passionate about human rights and environmental issues and I love all things digital.
For work, I'm the Student and Activist Coordinator at Palestine Solidarity Campaign. I get paid to do what I love! Outside of the office, I like using my privilege for positive ends too. I care deeply about fighting against oppression - racism, sexism, ableism and every other awful "ism". I like cheese more than is humanly acceptable. And time living in California has made me a bit of a basketball fan (go Warriors), as well as making me passionate about free healthcare and education.
I am passionate about the state of our planet and so seek to improve understanding of the issues involved and the actions we can take to improve the situation, I am involved in the campaign opposing Underground Coal Gasification developments in the North East of England. I am also the volunteer coordinator for the Newcastle Greenpeace group, responsible for understanding and conveying latest campaigns to other volunteers within the group.
Rakesh has been awarded the Greenpeace Environmental Scholarship
Sam is a Queer Green Londoner who campaigns on and cares passionately about; gender equality, environmental issues, women's rights, LGBT rights, human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of movement and freedom of information issues.
Sam has been awarded the Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling poverty and inequality in London.
I'm a recent Politics and Philosophy graduate from the University of Sheffield. I'm interested in social enterprise, development and inequality.
Hi! I'm Shabraz Ahmed, a passionate Community Activist & Campaigner, I keep busy mainly by involving myself in local causes such, which have include but aren't limited to, Autism West Midlands, BRAP Birmingham. Faith Watch, Community Organising, Migrant Voice, PAPYRUS, Writers Without Borders.
Shabraz has been awarded the UpRising scholarship for graduates of the UpRising programme.
I'm a freelance filmmaker and an ardent activist who is passionately trying to make a stand for social, economic and environmental justice. I've been working on environmental & climate-related issues such as anti-fracking and oil sponsorship of the arts. But I'm now looking for ways to join the dots between different campaigns on different issues, to strengthen our movements and bring about the kind of systemic change we really need. I am ever grateful for the miracles of the Universe.
Sheila has been awarded the Greenpeace Environmental Trust scholarship for environmental activists.
I currently campaign for End Violence Against Women Coalition, intern at the Black feminist organisation, Imkaan, and work once a week at Brook young people's sexual health services. When I can squeeze it in, I like to incorporate my illustration skills into my work. My campaign interests lie in intersectional feminism and youth engagement.
Tamara-Jade has been awarded the Shami Chakrabarti scholarship for BAME campaigners.
I am passionate about finding solutions to work towards gender equality. I volunteered in El Salvador with ICS (International Citizen Service) where my passion for gender equality grew. I am currently a liberation campaigns officer at my university and I an the partnerships officer for the University of Exeter's feminist society. I hope to have a career working to better the lives of others, particularly those who are marginalised.
Victoria has been awarded the Shami Chakrabarti scholarship for BAME campaigners.
I work with numerous polish ngos in the area of education, media literacy, sustainable consumption, intercultural dialogue, tolerance. This year I dedicated to establishing new campaining oragnization - Akcja Demokracja. I am a member of community garden in Poland and food cooperative.
Weronika has been awarded the OPEN scholarship for new members of the Online Progressive Engagement Network.
I deeply care about community cohesion, social justice and human rights and have been privileged to work on these issues across sectors and countries. I currently work at the National Union of Students improving campus cohesion and students' union engagement with different faith and belief communities. I also volunteer at the Patchwork Foundation where I deliver programmes to open up political spaces and engage under-represented groups with political processes.
I currently work for Friends of the Earth International, as co-coordinator of the Climate Justice and Energy programme. My background is in youth activism and movement building. I feel most at home meeting new people, listening to stories, making music, and finding spaces to connect with others, to build power together, and to create.
Samantha Asumadu is a documentary filmmaker, and founder of Media Diversified and the Media Diversified Experts Directory. Her decade long commitment to grassroots activism has led to her campaigning on issues such as women’s representation in Theatre and Sickle cell since 2001. As a journalist she was based in East Africa, Great Lakes region where she covered stories such as Acid Attacks, Blood Minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Kampala bombings of 2010 for CNN & AFP
Huma Munshi is a writer and public speaker. She has particular interest in challenging the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. She writes widely on politics, addressing violence against women, mental health and culture.
I work at 10:10, a climate change campaign, working on our "community crowdfunding projects" - helping communities to come together to crowdfund for renewable energy. My passion is broadening and diversifying the face of climate action in the UK by creating new ways for people to get involved.
I work at the Public Interest Research Centre in beautiful mid-Wales and have been working on the Common Cause initiative for the past few years. I'm a researcher, writer and facilitator with a background in Psychology and International Development, and I'm particularly interested in how rhetoric shapes our culture and how we treat each other. I'm also an Edge Fund Facilitating Group member, and am passionate about grassroots change.
Tom Pollard is Policy and Campaigns Manager for the Social Inclusion and Rights team at the mental health charity Mind. Tom has worked at Mind since 2010 in various roles, before which he worked for an MP in Parliament. His team works on issues around access to justice, benefits and welfare, and human rights and equality. Tom has co-chaired the Disability Benefits Consortium (a coalition of over 60 charities), is the co-ordinator of the Campaigns Forum, and sits on the steering group of the Who Benefits? campaign
Hanna is a Campaign Manager at SumOfUs.org. Before joining SumOfUs, 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 yoga-ing.
Carys has been working in communications for what feels like a lifetime but is actually seven years. She started out doing media for a parliamentary candidate who is now an MP. Then she spent three years at a PR and public affairs agency working for companies like Eurostar, BlackBerry and Universal Music. She headed up the communications team at the New Economics Foundation, then worked for another politician, shadow civil society minister Lisa Nandy. She's now Communications Director at SumOfUs.
Clifford Singer is director of Social Spark - specialising in digital design for not-for-profit organisations and progressive campaigns. He has set up a number of online projects including MyDavidCameron.com, False Economy and Who Funds You?
Jen is an activist from Fair Isle, Shetland. She works for 38 Degrees in Glasgow and was previously involved in the Women for Independence and Radical Independence movements during the referendum. Her interests outside of work are land reform and women's participation in politics and media.
We're hugely grateful to the generous support of the following organisations for generously providing scholarships for Bootcamp 4:
Scholarships for refugees and migrants working on issues that affect their communities. Made possible thanks to our friends at MailChimp.
Care2 is a community of nearly 30 million people standing together for good. People use Care2 to start campaigns every day and we're delighted that Care2 have launched a scholarship so petition starters can attend Bootcamp.
We are committed to challenging this status quo by supporting and training people from historically oppressed and under-represented groups.
That’s why we’re excited to offer the Shami Chakrabarti scholarships committed social change campaigners from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.
This scholarship is possible thanks to the amazing support of ActionAid, Save The Children and Betterworld.
Read about Mikayla's experience of Bootcamp when she came on the Shami Chakrabarti scholarship on our blog here!
Susan Cook came on the first Campaign Bootcamp and generously donated money to launch a scholarship for disabled campaigners to come to future Bootcamps. Thanks to our friends at Scope we're able to keep this Scholarship going for another year.
Read about Rebecca's experience of Bootcamp on our blog here!
Trust for London have generously provided funding for campaigners working to tackle poverty and inequality in London. These are available to volunteer campaigners as well as people working at small and medium sized NGOs.
Read about Jason's experience of Bootcamp when he came on the Trust for London scholarship on our blog here!
We love UpRising and are delighted to be able to have a scholarship for a graduate of the UpRising programme
We're delighted to be able to provide a scholarship for new members of the Online Progressie Engagement Network (OPEN).
Our friends at the Greenpeace Environmental Trust have created a scholarship for 2 environmental activists to attend Campaign Bootcamp.
The kind team at Lush have agreed to provide a scholarship for environmental and human rights campaigners. Amazing!
The wonderful people at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust have supported five scholarships per year for BME participants based outside London.