The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme based at the International Inequalities Institute, LSE, is one of seven programmes operating across five continents to advance fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies. The Fellows based at LSE are part of the first global cohort of 275 Fellows, announced today by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity recently came together for their penultimate module to explore the power of narratives and how they can be used in the fight against inequality.
In a week of sessions led by Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan, from the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, alongside the Narrative Initiative, the Fellows discussed the historical grounding of dominant narratives, and how the narratives of the future are developed. They also explored techniques such as ‘narrative shift’, referring to the psychological underpinning of how people engaged with, consume, and comprehend narratives.
Representatives from The New Economic Organisers Network, Blackbird, and The Rules worked with the Fellows to explore these various approaches. They were also able to share their real-world experience and understanding of working within campaigns that aim to shift the narrative on equality.
The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity hosted the Elders and the Fight Inequality Alliance as they committed to #FightInequality. The Fellows were celebrated by the Elders group as Sparks of Hope, alongside the international activist groups that make up the Fight Inequality Alliance.
The evening’s discussions saw rousing debate between the experienced statesmen and their younger activist counterparts, including debates on how the younger generation can use the experience of their predecessors and the tools of the 21st century, and what the future holds for feminist activism after #MeToo.
Professor Bev Skeggs, Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity took to the stage alongside Graca Machel, Aya Chebbi, Ban Ki Moon, Njoki Njehu, Mary Robinson, Hector Castañón, and Ernesto Zedillo.
As part of a year-long, international campaign the Elders have been calling on the world to continue Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom. The #WalkTogether campaign has also called for freedom for peace, for health, and for justice.
You can watch the full event now.
Prof Bev Skeggs
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Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity recently connected with Fellows from programmes based around the world in Oxford. During a weekend of activities, including walks, dance, challenging conversations and quiet reflection, the Fellows began the process of developing a global network, allowing them to work collaboratively in the future.
After the weekend gathering, the AFSEE Fellows then invited their counterparts from South Africa and Australia to join them in London for a series of discussions around the origins of inequality and how the issues of ‘dispossession’ and land rights affects communities around the world.
These two gatherings helped to build a closer understanding between the Fellows, revealing common experiences and beliefs developed within very different social and cultural backgrounds. Such connection will enable a more effective and fruitful working relationship throughout the Fellows’ future careers.
All Atlantic Fellows from the six Atlantic Fellows programmes undertake an initial year of intensive learning, discussion and debate, leadership development, and communications skills. After this initial year they will become members of a global network of highly-informed individuals, who all bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the group, and who are absolutely dedicated to fighting inequality. The Atlantic Institute works to connect the Fellows and aid them in developing this community.
AFSEE Fellow, Fredrick Ouko Alucheli, has been appointed the new Disability Inclusion Advisor for Light for the World, an international disability and development organisation based in the Netherlands.
He will be working on developing an inclusion agenda from a development perspective, working in the field of business and development whilst championing disability inclusion in non-disability focused organisations as well as supporting disability organisations
Fredrick will remain on the board of Action Network for the Disabled, the organisation that he founded, as he transitions to his new employment, and will retain strong input through his work for his social enterprise - Riziki Source, that helps connect persons with disabilities to job opportunities and income."
What are the best methods for challenging the status quo? What role does art play in addressing inequality? Can we learn from past examples of successful campaign groups? What does civic mobilisation look like in different regions of the world?
The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity came together once again in February to discuss the various tactics and approaches of activist organisations around the world. During their second week together, the group engaged with several top level academic panels - hearing from voices including Dr Jason Hickel, Dr Michael Amoah, Prof Mike Wayne, and Prof Francisco Panizza, - as well as from individuals such as Hicham Yezza, and the Nasty Women UK group. In all of these discussions, the Fellows presented alongside the invited speakers, offering either responses to the comments shared, or offering an alternative perspective from their own experience with, or understanding of, the key issues.
The week also offered a chance for the Fellows to truly come together as a community. They updated and advised one another on their ongoing individual work, shared ideas for possible future collaborative projects, and discussed the developing potential of the community of Fellows as they continue to work together beyond this first year of their Atlantic Fellows experience.
The group has shown again that they are connecting with one another with enthusiasm and warmth, forming a strong and supportive foundation for the Atlantic Fellows who will follow them on AFSEE programme in coming years. As the group continues to build such close links, both within and between the annual Fellows’ cohorts, so their collective voice promises to become stronger.
We are delighted to announce that Ebru Ilhan has joined the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme as the new Global Network Officer.
Prof Bev Skeggs, Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, has been featured in a podcast for the site Social Media Bites.