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Change Creators in Barcelona

The Change Creators spent some time in Barcelona from 10th – 13th April, with two full days of workshops in the Barcelona Fab Lab, which is part of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

On Monday the group received a talk from Guillem Camporodon on the development of computers. He took the Change Creators through their history and how the demand for them has increased so rapidly, sharing a 1958 quote from Thomas John Watson: “I think there is a world market for about five computers”. Guillem also explained the development of 3D printers and how they are being used all around the world. The group had a full tour of the building and an up close and personal look at 3D printers.

The Change Creators then spoke to Mara Balestrini, Director of Research for Ideas for Change, who has been collaborating with KWMC to develop The Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing (which the Change Creators are part of). Mara spoke to the group about connecting people with sensor technology, the challenges involved and what to think about when encouraging citizens to use sensors. She gave examples of projects that had failed and flourished, giving a detailed explanation as to why.

The afternoon was spent exploring Arduinos with Guillem Camporodon and he also introduced the Change Creators to the ‘smart citizen’ kits. In pairs the group set up the kits around the Fab Lab, both inside and outside, ready to collect data for them to visualise the next day.

The next morning the group sat down with Guillem and Mara to present their ideas for using sensor technology within their campaigns: reducing food waste and diversifying mental health support services for young people. Mara and Guillem challenged some of the ideas, encouraging the Change Creators to reflect further, and offered their expertise, gained through similar projects and experience.

In the afternoon the group were ready to input the data, collected the previous night, into Adobe Illustrator and visualise it using a laser cutter. They decided what they wanted to visualise, with Chelsea and Yelena focusing on comparing the CO2 levels in Santiago and Barcelona. Through this exercise, the Change Creators got a first-hand experience of how sensors can enable you to be creative with the data they gather.

The two days were successful in helping the Change Creators understand sensors and data visualisation:

“I didn’t know it could be so creative” – Chelsea
“I’ve learned so much in a great, fun engaging way”- Charlie
“I’ve learned so much, I’ve got so many ideas about what I can do for my project” – Yelena
“It’s been really hands-on. We’ve been talking about these concepts for so long and seeing them in action has been really valuable” – Andrea


Meet a Change Creator: Ella

Name: Gabriella Harriet Neal
Age: 19
Campaign: Mental HealthELLA

What made you apply to be a Change Creator?
I have so much passion when it comes to injustice within social and political issues. I wanted to use my creative thinking and express that through working with new technology and creating social change.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators?
I have recently left formal education and have been on a path of discovering my own voice since moving to Bristol. I work as a radio presenter for Ujima radio on a youth show. We discuss the current trials and tribulations of our generation. I also made a zine with ten other young creatives on the ‘Human Experience’ which opened up many doors to me expressing my opinion. I am a huge advocate for creating! I work on personal projects of my own artwork (mainly painting, drawing and poetry) and I also just love to learn, which explains my obsession with documentaries and books.

What’s been you favourite part of Change Creators so far?
Every moment of it, each week there is a different challenge which has improved my skills as a person. To work with such inspiring, creative, interesting people and to also be taught and learn from such a huge range of aspirational human beings – I honestly have never felt so motivated to make a change in my whole life. The whole experience is just getting better.

Where do you see yourself at the end of the programme?
I want to continue making a change with social issues, working on campaigns as an activist. My dream is to make my own documentaries about current affairs of corruption! I want to change the world and keep dreaming big!

Twitter  @GabriellaNll

Meet a Change Creator: Chelsea

Name :Chelsea
Campaign: Mental Health

What made you apply to become a Change Creator?
I don’t believe one person can change the world but I think you can always get others to help you make a change.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators?
I draw and paint a lot. I try to help others through my art. I also help young people and talk to them about issues they may have.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most excited about?
I am really excited about getting to meet contacts abroad and to find out what they can offer that could help our campaign.

Where do you see yourself at the end of the campaign?
At the end of the programme I’d like to be able to open my own art shop where individuals or groups of people can come and be creative and have someone to talk to if they have issues and where people can be themselves.

Twitter @Chels_cormack

Meet a Change Creator: Emma

Name: Emma Nicol
Age: 22
Campaign: Food Waste


What made you apply to be a Change Creator?
I applied to be a Change Creator because I wanted to work with a group of people who have the same passion to create social change as I do. I’m particularly passionate about the environment and wanted to learn about how we can use sensor technology to inspire people to change.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators?
I’m currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Illustration at Bristol UWE which takes up most of my time. I love to make work about environmental issues or scientific facts as I feel that art is a great way to communicate the information to a wide audience. I volunteer with Arnolfini and have a part time job. When I have free time I like to travel, see live music and go to art galleries or museums.

What’s been you favourite part of Change Creators so far?
My favourite part has been meeting people who are doing things already to try and create social change, it’s inspiring to see what other people are doing. It’s been great to work in a team of people in my age group who are passionate about social change.

What do you want to achieve through your campaign?
It would be great to see our campaign have an impact firstly in Bristol and then maybe further afield. Food waste is something that we can all help reduce.

Check out Emma’s blog to see her work.

Twitter @emmasnicol


Meet a Change Creator: Yelena

Name: Yelena Gregg Weekes
Age: 19
Campaign: Mental Health                                      YELENA

What made you apply to be a Change Creator?
Change Creators is a golden opportunity. I felt it would give me a confidence boost in my self and my creative work. It’s a chance to meet like minded people who are committed and passionate about social and environmental change.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators?
I am a part-time nanny, and I love working with kids. I volunteer at BCFM Radio on the Bristol Music Show every Monday. I film music sessions, gigs and events freelance. I write articles for online magazines. I work at Glastonbury and other festivals, I play the guitar and I adore music, film and travelling.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most excited about?
I’m excited to gain better skills and understanding in leadership, sensor technology and working collaboratively with a bunch of young creative people on a project I feel so passionately about.

Where do you see yourself at the end of the programme?
I see myself having consolidated the skills I would have gained over the programme and found new friends and contacts. I will have contributed to the campaign to the best of my ability and will be looking forward to the future with confidence and achievement!

Twitter @Yelena_Eve

Meet a Change Creator: Andreea

Name: Andreea Dumitrache
Age: 23                                                                                                                                andreea
Campaign: Mental health

What made you apply to be a Change Creator ?
I applied to become a Change Creator because I really wanted to see how we can use technology to make social change happen. I’m really passionate about youth issues, raising environmental awareness and getting people behind campaigns they really care about.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators?
I work as a marketing and fundraising assistant for Creative Youth Network, a charity that builds relationships with young people from all backgrounds to help them reach their own potential and live fulfilling lives. I’m also a presenter and producer on Ujima Radio 98fm, where I’m part of an amazing team that’s working towards showcasing what young people care about and eliminating misconceptions about young people. Tune in on Tuesdays from 2-4pm and let us know what you think! When I’m not frantically running around The Station (where CYN and Ujima are based), I love traveling and exploring new places and writing about it on my blog, Wander-ful Worlds.

What’s been your favourite part of Change Creators so far?
I’m really loving the process as a whole, especially how well Inspire Week worked. Meeting people who are making social change happen in the city really got me thinking about what I want to achieve. Then getting everyone on the same page, agreeing on what issue to tackle through our campaigns, has been one of the most interesting aspects of a project I’ve even been involved in.

Where do you see yourself at the end of the programme?
Change Creators is offering me so many opportunities to meet people from organisations in the city and worldwide passionate about the same issues I care about. At the end of the programme, I’d love to continue to work with those people, taking part in new projects that focus on mental health.

Twitter @andreea_journo

Meet a Change Creator: Jay

Name: Jay Carter-Coles
Age: 20
Campaign: Food Waste                                                 change creators_Jay_B&W

What made you apply to be a Change Creator?
I applied to become a Change Creator because there are so many issues that I feel passionate about, but I never before felt that I had a voice in my community. I saw the advertisement on Twitter and realised it was the perfect opportunity for creative people to create change within society. I was hooked and sent off my application the very same day!

What are you up to when you’re not developing your campaign with Change Creators?
I spend about 30% of my time working as a front of house assistant at a seafood restaurant. The other 70% is spent freelance filmmaking! I have filmed commercials, music videos and events. I also do a lot of work as a production sound recorder.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most excited about?
I am most excited about putting our campaign into action and actually seeing the positive affect that it will have on society.

Where do you see yourself at the end of the programme?
At the end of the programme I will be writing and producing my own documentaries, aiming to raise awareness of big issues that affect our small blue planet.

If you would like to see Jay’s work you can check out his blog here at      Twitter @jay_c_c

Change Creators: Inspire Week

The Change Creators Inspire week kicked off on Monday 22nd February with a full day of inspiring workshops and discussions. The Change Creators discussed core values and their interpretations of authentic leadership.

Day two began at Engine Shed and the theme for the day was the ‘State of the City’. Speakers from different organisations came to talk to the Change Creators and opened up a range of issues that the group may not have previously considered. Speakers from Citizens Advice, Happy City, 16-25 Independent People, Bristol Energy Coop, Easton Energy and Muslim Youth Helpline came to discuss the issues they are tackling and the positive work they’re doing in communities. The morning was inspiring and the Change Creators had lots to reflect on over lunch.

In the afternoon the team made their way over to the Arts Council England building, for a talk on how to apply for funding and how it works. The group also had the opportunity to sit down with Marvin Rees, who is running for Elected Mayor of Bristol this year, to discuss a range of issues in the city such as class divides, inequality, poverty, Bristol’s public transport and politics.

Day three took place solely at KWMC: The Factory, which is based in Filwood Green Business Park. Project ideas and prototyping were on the agenda for the morning and the group designed and made prototypes of products that could be used within their campaigns, working collaboratively as well as independently.

Day four saw the group at the Data Dome in At-Bristol. They viewed the space show and experienced the full effect of the 3D Planetarium. At the Pervasive Media Studio, which is managed by Watershed, the group received a talk from Carbon Visuals, which gave an insight into how you can visualise data and use it to tell a story and raise awareness of an issue.

The final day was spent at KWMC, where the Change Creators worked together to decide on the issues they want to tackle through their social change campaign. There were 35 issues in total and the group had to narrow it down to just two. Finally, after hours of discussion and brainstorming, the final issues chosen were, mental health and food waste. The next step? Research, planning and preparation.



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