Small doses of hope


'"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

- Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland




Lenin from Justice 4 SOAS Cleaners; genuine people power in the UK's beacons of debate and free expression - our universities. 

Giles is the President of Inclusive Church and campaigns for lesbian and gay inclusion within the church.

Shahrar Ali & Amelia Womack, Deputy Leaders of the Green Party.

Richard is the leader and one of the three co-founders of Yorkshire First.

Emily is Labour's 2015 candidate for Sutton Central.

Simon is the founder of the Good Country Party, a Party "for people like you".

Gary has been in the Self-Advocacy movement since 1984 and was a founder of the People First Movement in the UK.

Matt created Ugly Mugs, through his company Reason Digital.

Baroness Ruth Lister, co-chair of the Compass management committee, and Sue Goss, author of Open Tribe, discuss whether we really can do politics differently?

Andy began the Focallocal campaign - free hugs, bubbles, community pillow fights, open skill sharing, community food gardens, theatre projects for prostitutes and other fringe groups.

Penny, from the Racial Justice Network, and journalist and human rights campaigner Zrinka on how migrants can be electoral kingmakers 

Pat Kane is a one-time pop star and activist behind FutureFest. Indra Adnan is a psychotherapist, consultant and founder of Soft Power Network.

'Wee in the shower to save water". It doesn't sound like it could catch on. But 'Go With The Flow' founders Debs and Chris are proving the doubters wrong.

Keith is director of the National Secular Society and a humanist activist

Maryam is the leading face of Bahrain's pro-democracy movement.

Peter is the Mayor of Frome, northeast Somerset, the author of Flatpack Democracy.

Peter MacLeod is the co-founder and principal of MASS LBP, an innovative organisation based in Toronto. 

Charlotte and Matilda are both deeply dissatisfied with our current economic and political system - and they're each doing something about it

Vinay is one of the world’s leading thinkers on infrastructure theory and state failure solutions.

Neal is elected chair of the progressive democratic think-tank, Compass, co-producers of Change:HOW? 2015

Engin Isin is Professor of citizenship at the Open University, and a 'professional immigrant', 'future citizen' and 'subject of politics'. 

Amelia is a Swedish politician and member of Sweden's Pirate Party. She was the youngest member of the European Parliament until 2014.

Kathleen is the main organising force behind both The Food Assembly and Incredible Edible Southwark.

Michael is an actor by trade, but he got fired up by Russell Brand's talk of revolution and he wants one of his own. Through the ballot box. 

Diana is a feminist campaigner and creator of the The Moon Inside You.

Wen-Yu is one of the founders of Rethinking Economics

Spiros Rapanakis was Syriza's youngest candidate in the 2015 Greek general election and is a member of its executive committee.

A celebrated writer, a visionary theatre-maker, and a creative force, Stella is a prolific author but these days, her heart is in 'Fun Palaces'.

Paul Chatterton is starting a revolution in the way we think about housing - co‐founder of a pioneering ecological, affordable, cohousing neighbourhood

Uffe Elbaek is a pretty different sort of MP from Denmark, ex-Culture Minister, rebel initiator of the new transnational party 'The Alternative'. 

Louise Wallwein was brought up in 13 different children's homes and wrote her first play at the age of 17. Chris Thorpe is an internationally acclaimed theatre director and writer. 

Sirio Canos is a member of the London circle for Spain's ground-breaking Podemos Party, now topping the polls in Spain. 

Mark Boyle - the world famous 'Moneyless Man'

Julian Agyeman - academic & campaigner for 'just sustainabilities'

Stella Creasy - Labour & Co-operative MP for Walthamstow. Feminist badass.


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