Salon / NetworkPopChange

Pop Culture Meets Social Change Retreat 2021: Social Impact Entertainment (Day 1)



Wednesday, 17 March 2021






By invitation.

Certain events will be live-streamed to Facebook and Youtube — check the programme.

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Salon / NetworkPopChange

Pop Culture Meets Social Change Retreat 2021: Social Impact Entertainment (Day 1)

Day 1: Social Impact Entertainment

Please note this event is taking place online by invitation only. Select events will be live-streamed to Counterpoints Arts’ Facebook and Youtube; see below for links where available. All times listed are in GMT/UTC.

9:30 – 10:30
Coffee Hour
10:30 – 10:45
Live on Facebook
Live on Youtube
One Minute Poem — Tardast
Tardast is an Iranian musician and visual artist based in Liverpool and Birmingham, mainly working within the genres of rap such as Grime, Hip-hop & Drill in their native language Persian.
Welcome and Walkthrough — Iain Dodgeon, Almir KoldzicJo GlanvilleSuchandrika Chakrabarti
10:45 – 11:20
Live on Facebook
Live on Youtube
Opening Speaker — Marcus Ryder
Access All Areas: the diversity manifesto for TV and beyond lays out challenges and opportunities for the broadcast industry. Marcus Ryder MBE, co-author, kicks off the retreat with his reflections on what needs to change in the industry and how we can get there together.
11:20 – 12:00
Live on Facebook
Live on Youtube
New Brave World: The power, opportunities and potential of pop culture for social change in the UK — Alice Sachrajda, Marzena Zukowska and K Biswas
Alice Sachrajda, Marzena Zukowska and K Biswas will share insights from their new report: New Brave World: The power, opportunities and potential of pop culture for social change in the UK. The report is a follow up to the 2017 publication, Riding the Waves: How pop culture has the potential to catalyse social change in the UK. Brave New World offers a fresh take on the emerging pop culture for social change ecosystem in the UK. The report draws on interviews, desk research and case studies and articles commissioned by K Biswas, the editor of Reprezentology: The Journal of Media and Diversity and the chair of Race Beat – a journalism network run by and for people of colour. The report sets out a compelling case for how and why pop culture is a powerful force for change; the opportunities to influence and invest in this space; and the potential that this field has to lead us towards a green, just and plural world.
12:00 – 12:30 Speed Networking with Speakers
12:30 – 13:30
LUNCH – Networking in Airmeet Social lounge
13:30 – 14:30 Climate Stories that Work — Nicky Hawkins, Director of Communications, On Road Media
We know we need to turn the urgency up on talking about climate, but without bringing people down. So this year, On Road Media with the consultancy support of the FrameWorks Institute, has been identifying and sharing the best communications research out there, seeding ways to put it into practise within popular culture. In this workshop you will learn how we are encouraging framing at scale, so that we see a mainstream move towards stories that can shift thinking on climate change, working with high profile individuals and media outlets who are already – or beginning to speak – on climate to wide audiences.
Race and the Cultural and Creative Sectors in the UK — K Biswas and Selina Nwulu
K Biswas is a journalist, writer and critic who has written on everything from populism to the politics of grime music. In today’s session he will be in conversation with social and climate justice writer Selina Nwulu. Together they will lead a discussion about race and the cultural and creative sector in the UK.
Delecolonising the Archive (DTA) in conversation with Evan Narcisse — Connie Bell and Evan Narcisse
Connie Bell (Decolonising The Archive) and Evan Narcisse (Marvel, Black Panther) leverage Neema Githere’s concept of ‘Afro-presentism’ to explore the intersection of memory, modernity and futurism and their meanings for popular culture.
Meaningful collaboration: learning from SkinDeep — Anu Henriques
Anu Henriques shares the innovative collaborative process used in the development of the BAFTA-nominated film Rocks and refined in her upcoming documentary series.
Geniune/ Fake — Dr. Patricia Kingori and Dr. Áine O’Brien
For the past year Kingori has been working on a podcast series exploring what she perceives as a 21st century crisis in authenticity and a provocative blurring between the real and the fake.
 14:30 -14:45 Wrap Up — Jo Glanville and Suchandrika Chakrabarti
 16:00 – 17:30 Lounge Chats
 16:10 – 16:30 Speed Networking
 16:30 – 17:30 Speed Dating



Áine O’Brien


Dr Áine O’Brien is Curator of Learning and Research and Co-Founder of Counterpoints Arts, London. She has worked across the arts, education and activism in the US, Ireland and the UK and was Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts 2012- 2020.

Alice Sachrajda


Alice is a consultant specialising in creative research, storytelling and strategic communications. She works as a cultural strategy consultant to Unbound Philanthropy in the UK. Alice is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and trustee of Counterpoints Arts, a refugee and migrant arts charity.

Almir Koldzic


Almir is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts. The main focus of his work so far has been on developing creative strategies and national networks for arts and refugees; building long term collaborations with leading inter/national arts, cultural, advocacy and philanthropic organisations; and curating and producing a wide range of commissions and programmes relating to displacement, diversity and social justice.

Anu Henriques


Anu is the founder and co-director of Skin Deep, a collective that makes space for Black creatives and creatives of colour to work towards justice through cultural production.

Connie Bell


Connie Bell is one of the founding members for Decolonising The Archive (DTA). She is a Memory Work Practitioner, Cultural Producer and Theatre Director. Her work explores decolonisation, memory as time travel and diasporic narratives.

Evan Narcisse


Evan Narcisse is a writer and consultant who works in video games, comic books, and TV. He was a journalist and critic for many years, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Kotaku, io9, and The New York Times.

Iain Dodgeon


Iain Dodgeon is Director of OKRE. A former medical doctor and producer with over fifteen years‘ experience with the entertainment industries, he previously led Wellcome’s work in broadcast, games and film. He sits on Advisory and Editorial Boards for organisations including the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers and the BGI.

Jo Glanville


Jo Glanville is a journalist, editor and radio producer. Her writing on culture and current affairs has been published in the Guardian, London Review of Books, New York Times, Financial Times and Times Literary Supplement, among other publications.

K Biswas


K Biswas is a critic and essayist on everything from populism to the politics of grime music. In 2019, he founded The Race Beat, a network for journalists of colour working in the UK, and is the Director of Resonance FM, and the editor of Representology: The Journal of Media and Diversity.

Marcus Ryder


Marcus Ryder is a leading figure in the efforts to increase diversity and representation in the UK media industry. In March 2020 he launched the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity an independent new body bringing academics and media professionals together to bring academic rigour to the practical implementation of diversity policies in the media industry, and to systematically capture institutional memory of media professionals with firsthand experience of media diversity.

Marzena Zukowska


Marzena is a London-based organiser, communications strategist and co-founder of Polish Migrant Organise for Change (POMOC).

Nicky Hawkins


Nicky specialises in strategic communication and framing at On Road Media. She works with campaigners, commissioners, content makers to bring effective stories to life at scale.

Patricia Kingori


Patricia Kingori is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. Patricia is sociologist and listed as one of the most influential Black academics in the UK’s Powerlist.

Selina Nwulu


Selina Nwulu is both an independent consultant and writer with a commitment to social and climate justice. She has worked extensively in the not for profit sector as a strategist, educationalist and social researcher, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the RSA and till 2020 as Director of Education at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK.

Suchandrika Chakrabarti


Suchandrika is a freelance journalist and comedian. Since starting out in comedy a year ago, she has written for The News Quiz and The Now Show on Radio 4. She was a semi-finalist in the Funny Women Stage Award 2020, and is a finalist in the upcoming BCG Pro Talent Awards for Performance 2021.



I am an Iranian musician and visual artist based in Liverpool and Birmingham, mainly working within the genres of rap such as Grime, Hiphop & Drill in my native language Persian.

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Pop Culture meets Social Change Retreat 2021

field note

5 March 2021

Welcome to our first online ‘Pop Culture meets Social Change Retreat’.