In January 2012 we launched our Free and Open Undergraduate class exploring Creative Activism- opening up the class, as much as we can, so others can participate, join the discussions and follow our lectures and podcasts.
The class explores the potentials of creative media activism through encouraging the creation of ‘live’ creative interventions and participation in cultural, political and social debates. Looking at how media activists and campaigners have used their media knowledge, connections and skills to ask difficult questions, provoke debate and raise awareness of important issues and problems in their local, national and international communities.
The class is supported by a range of collaborators and guest speakers who are changing the world. So far our participants include:
Emily James: Director of ‘Just Do It’- A Feature Documentary about Climate Change Activism
John Jackson, Activist and Co-author of ‘Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity and Ingenuity Can Change the World
Joey Skaggs, A Prolific New York Based Artist, Culture Jammer and Prankster who uses the Media as his Canvas
James Cook, A Stand-up Comedian who explores what we can learn from Comedy and Satire as a means of Political and Cultural Activism
Sam Gregory, Programme Director and Human Rights Advocate at WITNESS, whose work addresses the importance of video and change
Professor Tessa Houghton, Assistant Professor in Media and Communications, University of Nottingham Malaysia who analyses Hacktivism and the Public Domain
Matt Mason, Author of Best-seller ‘The Pirate’s Dilemma’ and Executive Director of Marketing at Bittorent
Chris Jury, Activist, Broadcaster and Lecturer at Bath Spa University who presents a radio show called ‘Agitpop’- exploring the role of music and protest
Charles Tsai, Campaigner at the Creative Visions Foundation and Social Creatives- Organisations that encourage creative thinking to affect positive change
Ken Fero, Award Winning Radical Documentary Filmmaker – Whose work explores Power, Inequality and Injustice
John Mair, Broadcaster and Media Magnate- with expertise in News Media and Journalism
and many more.
By being run as an open community it will enable participants to constructively critique, learn from, build on and collaborate with each other to produce a body of work that will, hopefully, make a practical and positive mark on the world.
If you’d like to get involved, or just stay up to date with the work of this class, please join us here. You can also download the Creative Activism Podcasts in iTunes U – all are free to share, rip and remix