• Amanda: Why I’m championing a Spokespersons Network

    I am part of a Hull-based collective of 12 women who published a book An Untold Story, telling our journey to the streets and back. We wanted our book to be honest, even if that honesty is brutal, and to also have integrity in highlighting the issues we have, or are still facing. We did this in our own words with stories, artwork, poems, and photos. We wanted to […]

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  • Elhum Shakerifar ‘We are the Stories we Tell’ #SMEX19 Keynote Speech

    The Social Media Exchange is our annual creative day for the charity sector celebrating the power of digital storytelling and its potential to have a positive impact on the world around us. At this year’s Social Media Exchange (#SMEX19) we were thrilled to welcome BAFTA-nominated producer, curator and storyteller Elhum Shakerifar as our keynote speaker. Elhum embodied our event theme – “Championing our Stories” making it her mission to amplify voices we need to hear through film and supporting others to do the same through her international film education projects.

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  • Elhum Shakerifar – We are the stories we tell

    At the Social Media Exchange 2019 sounddelivery welcomed BAFTA-nominated Producer and Curator Elhum Shakerifar to give the Keynote speech.   I am a documentary producer and curator. I have been making films for 10 years and came to filmmaking from an unusual journey through Persian literature, photography, anthropology and many years working in the third sector, […]

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  • Dr George Julian ‘Live Tweeting Inquests #OpenJustice’

    The Social Media Exchange is our annual creative day for the charity sector celebrating the power of digital storytelling and its potential to have a positive impact on the world around us. Always a highlight of the day, our Lightning Talks bring together three thought-provoking speakers who define our event theme ‘Championing our Stories’. These […]

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  • Travon Steadman ‘We Are Everyone’s Children’

    The Social Media Exchange is our annual creative day for the charity sector celebrating the power of digital storytelling and its potential to have a positive impact on the world around us. Always a highlight of the day, our Lightning Talks bring together thought-provoking speakers who define our event theme ‘Championing our Stories’. This year we were thrilled to have Travon Steadman share his story as a care leaver and the change he wants to see.

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  • Travon Steadman ‘We are Everyone’s Children’ Full Script

    The Social Media Exchange is our annual creative day for the charity sector celebrating the power of digital storytelling and its potential to have a positive impact on the world around us. Always a highlight of the day, our Lightning Talks bring together three thought-provoking speakers who define our event theme ‘Championing our Stories’. Here we publish Travon Steadman’s full script, sharing his story as a care leaver.

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  • Engaging with the media: 6 lessons from a small charity

    Sophia Parker is the Founder and Chief Executive of Little Village, a London-based charity that acts as a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five. In this guest blog she shares 6 lessons she learnt from engaging with the media from filming a documentary, featuring on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and a double-page spread in the Observer. At this year’s Social Media Exchange Emily Wilson from Channel 4 News, Miriam Wells from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism and Dan Dewsbury from 72 Films will be coming together to lead an interactive Masterclass on engaging with the media to demystify the process and answer all your questions exploring how charities and the media can come together to tell powerful stories.

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  • Paul Brook: How doodles can help people to understand complex issues

    Paul Brook is chief copywriter at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In this guest blog on doodling, he shares how his JRF doodles focus on making sense of UK poverty, while his doodles for Blurt have illustrated his experiences of depression and anxiety. At this year’s Social Media Exchange Anu Liisanantti, Communications at Hibiscus will be facilitating a lunchbite to get you doodling. She’ll be looking at different examples and creating your own doodles, using basic techniques to make even complex messages more accessible.

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  • Philippa Budgen – Listen. Listen hard …then act

    Being the Story is a movement to put a spotlight on important issues through giving a platform to incredible individuals with lived experience of everything from the criminal justice system, to domestic abuse, to war and conflict, the care system and more. Our one day Being the Story events feature the stories of 10 inspirational individuals which spark conversations, challenge perceptions and provoke ideas. In this guest blog, Being the Story delegate Philippa Budgen shares her thoughts from this year’s Being the Story event.

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