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Sophie Slater

Co-Founder of fashion startup

Nadra Shah

Founder Kitchen & Soul - Creative Maker - Purpose Warrior

Craig Oldham

Creative Director & Founder

Kevin King

Founder & Director

Pip Jamieson

Founder - The Dots

    Leaders with social heart: 100 creative changemakers

    Celebrating social responsibility is at the heart of what we do, so we've partnered with Squarespace whose mission is to inspire people with creative ideas to succeed – to shine a light on 100 influential luminaries from art, technology, charity, design, business and more that are working tirelessly to make our world a better place.

    To highlight these organisations, we asked 10 creative changemakers to each nominate 10 people behind inspiring brands, products and movements with amazing social purpose. Our aim is to inspire the next generation of creative leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs to build the ethical companies of the future, whether they are online, in person, or both. Read on to discover an abundance of inspiration from folk that are truly changing the world for the better.
    If you want to help drive change, then support these organisations in any way you can! Commission them for work, promote them, offer your support and if you can, give them funding.
    Collectively we can create a better future.

    Journalist & presenter, BBC
    Having being a journalist and presenter for over a decade, Tina Daheley is an modern icon of British media. Her news presenting during The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw fixed her as a household name, as has her important discussions and statements on diversity and equality in the workplace and beyond.
    Tina’s nominations:
    Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinene, authors of Slay in your Lane
    Nathan Byron, writer & actor
    Harry Phinda, medical student, campaigner, Queen’s Young Leader 2017
    Madina Scacci, architect
    Hussain Manawer, mental health campaigner, poet, fundraiser, creative
    Liv Little, founder at gal-dem
    Poorna Bell, author of Chase The Rainbow, public speaker, journalist
    Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give
    Inua Ellams, poet, performer & graphic artist

    Co-founding partner, Assemble
    As a co-founder for Assemble, the multi-disciplinary collective that combines design, architecture, art and social good, Paloma (along with her teammates) has been named as one of the top 200 most newsworthy forces in global architecture and design (Dezeen). With famous projects such as the 2015 Turner Prize Winning Granby Four Streets and Art on the Underground, Paloma shows no sign of stopping her talent for co-operative projects that change people’s lives for the better.

    Paloma’s nominations:
    Dhruv Ghulati, co-founder & CEO at Factmata
    Shehar Bano, researcher at UCL
    Hera Hussain, founder of Chayn
    Ella Goldner, Paul Kirby, Saul Klein, co-founders at  Zinc VC
    Joshua Browder, founder at Do Not Pay
    Joy Buolamwini, computer scientist, digital activist, Algorithmic Justice League & MIT Media Lab
    Finn WIlliams, co-founder & CEO at  Public Practice
    Pooja Argrawal, co-founder & architect at Public Practice

    Partner, Pentagram & founder, Do The Green Thing
    A wordsmith with endless innovative ideas, Naresh is both a partner at the iconic design studio Pentagram and the creative director and co-founder of Do The Green thing - the environmental charity that uses creative means to spread important messages about global warming, vegetarianism, toxic consumerism and much more.

    Naresh’s nominations:
    Safia Qureshi, founder & CEO at Cup Club
    Liv Little, founder at gal-dem
    Yinka Ilori, designer & furniture maker
    Victoria Sin, performer & drag artist
    Craig Oldham, designer & founder at Office Of Craig
    Sanket Avlani, founder at Taxi Fabric
    Sophia Tassew, artist & advocate
    Paloma Strelitz & James Binning, co-founders at Assemble

    After working as a freelance journalist, writing about the natural world and social change for publications including The Guardian, New Statesmen and Oh Comely, Lucy Purdy is now editor at Positive News magazine. It is the world’s first publication to be dedicated to constructive journalism – good journalism about good things.

    Lucy’s nominations:
    Andres Roberts, founding partner & guide at Way of Nature & The Bio-Leadership Project
    Katie Holten, artist, creator of Tree Alphabet
    Simon Coley, co-founder at Karma Cola
    Rebecca Trevalyan, co-director at Library of Things & The People’s Fridge
    Dan Parker, founder at Living Loud
    Georgia Wyatt-Lovell, founder at Wyatt and Jack
    Samuel Bennett, founder at Meet4ACoffee app

    Social entrepreneur and D&I Champion A socially conscious entrepreneur, Tolu is the founder of Limitless, Future Achievements, a co-founder of The Great British Diversity Experiment and programme director of The Ideas Foundation. Tolu is dedicated to tackling the lack of opportunity for aspirational people from disadvantaged backgrounds across all avenues of his work.
    Tolu’s nominations:
    Zara Laws, project manager at  Rudolph Walker Foundation
    Amie Snow, creative at Oglivy
    Charmaine Hayden, owner, Face4Music at Goal Digger
    Sulaiman Khan, founder & chief purpose officer at  ThisAbility
    Christina Okorocha, co-founder at Vamp UK
    Anthea Agyekum, publishing & production assistant at Pitch Magazine
    Leonia Goromba, project officer at Ideas Foundation
    Tsedenia Skitch, event producer at Supperbuddie, YCP, Inspirational Women in Media

    Chief Creative Officer, Squarespace
    As the chief creative officer of the website powerhouse Squarespace, David oversees branding, web design and product design with the mission to tell stories that have purpose and empower people with creative tools to bring their ideas to life. With medals from Cannes Lions, ADC, Webby Awards and more, David’s work consistently makes an impact. Currently, David is on the advisory board for D&AD and is an executive member of the The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

    David’s nominations:
    Rooney Mara, founder at HIRAETH
    David Lynch, founder at David Lynch Foundation
    Imani Ellis, founder at The Creative Collective NYC
    Audrey Gelman (CEO) & Lauren Kassan (COO), co-founders at The Wing
    Nick Stanhope, founder & CEO at Shift

    Founder, Thoughtful Works & D&AD White Pencil Jury President, 2018
    D&AD White Pencil Jury President 2018 and the force behind Thoughtful Works, Daianna Karaian has made it her life mission to bring together talent that makes a difference. For over two decades, Daianna has committed her career to strategic marketing with social impact, working with mega-brands such as IKEA, Lego, and even royalty.

    Daianna’s nominations:
    Chloe Stewart, founder at nibs etc.
    Clover Lewis, founder at Clover Lewis Swimwear
    Sarah Grohé, founder of Erlich Textil & co-founder of Uneins at Erlich Textil/Uneins
    Sophie Slater, Sarah Beckett (co-founders) & Susanna Wen (designer) at Birdsong

    Founder & CEO, Protein Agency
    Since 1997, Will has guided the community of ‘thinkers, doers and connectors’ that make up Protein. The agency is famous for its ability to combine the physical and the digital - the physical being attributed to the cultural hotbed that Protein Studios provides and the local unity brought by their infamous charity block parties. With the digital, Protein’s reports track consumer culture and provide invaluable insight to the wider creative industry.
    Will’s nominations:
    Adam Boita, founder of BOITA Bag Co.
    Alexander Groves & Azusa Murakami, co-founders & designers at Studio Swine
    Mark de Lange, founder & CEO at Ace & Tate
    Alan Shikverg, founder of A Brilliant Brand
    B Corporation

    Entrepreneur & chair of the Black British Business Awards
    Melanie Eusebe has been profiled as one of the most influential women in the UK business and creative industries, and it comes as no surprise when considering her work for the Start Up Awards, the Black British Business Awards and WoW, The Women of the World, a global gender equality festival - to name just three organisations from Melanie’s dynamic career.

    Melanie’s nominations:
    Dennis Sem Owasu, founder at Success Talks
    Christina Okorocha, head of strategy & co-founder at VAMP
    Tobi Oredein, co-founder at Black Ballad
    Bolanle Tajudeen, founder at Black Blossoms
    Sebastian Thiel, director, writer & producer
    Lenique Louis, jewellery maker
    Chrissa Amuah, designer

    Chief Encouragement Officer at The House of St Barnabas
    With mountains of experience in the social enterprise and non-profit sector, Sandra currently resides as Chief Encouragement Officer of The House of St Barnabas. This charity is a social enterprise members’ club and employment academy with the goal to break the cycle of homelessness.
    Sandra’s nominations:
    Alex Stephany, founder & CEO at Beam
    Nadra Shah, founder at Kitchen & Soul
    Michelle Morgan, co-founder of Livity, founder of PJoys
    Steven Novick, founder & CEO at Farmstand
    Hilary Cottam author of Radical Help


    Co-Founder, Secret 7”
    As Secret 7” goes from strength to strength after 6 years, its brain-father Kevin King should give himself a huge pat on the back, at the very least. The secret auction that invites designers and creatives from all around the world to interpret a record for a charity raffle has raised over £175,000 for incredible charities such a Teenage Cancer Trust and MIND. The genesis of the concept came when Kevin was working on a charity fundraiser at Universal Music.

    Kevin’s nominations:
    Hadrian Garrard, director at Create London
    Stuart Glen & Eugene Wild, founders at The Cause Nightclub
    Stuart Semple, founder at Hostile Design
    Bethany Williams, sustainable fashion designer
    Charlotte Wilton, designer & founder, b

    Diversity advocate & founder at The Dots
    Founder and CEO of our platform The Dots, Pip was named by The Sunday Times as one of the Top 100 Disruptive Entrepreneurs innovating in their respective fields and by Creative Review as one of the top 50 Creative Leaders. Being a dyslexic sole female tech founder, Pip has put promoting social responsibility (such as this list right here!) and diversity at the heart of what we do. 62% of The Dots community is female, 31% BAME & 16%+ LGBT+. The Dots also supports socioeconomic diversity and neurodiversity to fuel a more balanced creative industry.
    Pip’s nominations:
    Jude Kelley CBE, artistic director at WOW
    Ella Goldner, co-founder & general manager at Zinc
    Paul Singh, CEO at Equal Education
    Julian Blake, director & editor, Digital Agenda
    Mercedes Benson, creative, DJ & founder at SocialFixt
    Ed Cox & Matt Haworth, co-founders & directors, Reason Digital
    Jessica Ryan-Ndegwa, founder at Design for Disability

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