Tuesday Conversations

Every Tuesday 5.15pm-6.30pm during term time @Griffin Bar

'That's how people change their world. One conversation at a time...'

Informal roundtable conversations inspired by big questions, over drinks & snacks. Exchange ideas, meet like-minded folk, and build a community of Changemaking practice. Special guests - authors, medics, journalists, artists, CEOs, academics, activists - will be joining us  throughout the year. It's a chance to meet experienced Changemakers & have an actual meaningful conversation away from the formalities of a lecture or seminar.

All are welcome (no booking required - just drop by). 


10 Oct - Prof Maggi Dawn

Maggi is a songwriter, a theologian, and a Priest. She is based at Durham University and specialises in theology and the arts.


17 Oct - Olu Orugboh

Olu is the CEO and Founder of Synergy Solutions, a specialist management consultancy practice, which helps companies face the challenges of an ever changing world. Olu is a mother to two wonderful children and is passionate about growing the impact of digital technology in underrepresented communities. She is also the Deputy Chair of Cambridge Wireless Board


24 Oct - Esther Loukin

Esther is a disability rights activist and co-founder of the disabled-led organisation Reasonable Access. She challenges and works with organisations to hold them to account on disability access.


31 Oct - Frances Rayner

Frances is Communications Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland, an organisation dedicated to reprogramme the economy to put people and planet first. She has a great deal of experience in campaigning roles for social and environmental causes. Frances is Chair of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.


28 Nov - @Fellows' Auditorium Walter Rodney: 'What They Don't Want you to Know'  

Join Homerton Changemakers for a special showing of the new film Walter Rodney: 'What They Don't Want you to Know'. The documentary explores the life, work and state sponsored assassination of the influential Caribbean intellectual and black radical Dr Walter Rodney. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.  Register here


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Easter 2023

20 June

Changemakers Summer Party - on the Griffin terrace! All students invited!


13 June

With Changemakers Student Ambassadors


6 June Dr Edge WatchornDeputy Director of the Westminster Abbey Institute

Edge is Deputy Director of the Westminster Abbey Institute, which works with the public service institutions around Parliament Square to revitalise moral and spiritual values in public life. She is also a Non-Executive Director and a Justice of the Peace. For 13 years she was an executive and strategist at the House of Commons, UK Parliament, leading on participation, education and people development. She has also been Chair of Trustees for the Young Citizens Charity. She has demonstrable interests in citizenship, active participation in public life and social change.


30 May

With Dr Alison Wood, Changemakers Academic Director 


16 May 'London Recruits' - A private screening of Gordon Main's new film

We were delighted to host this event that included a panel discussion with the director Gordon Main; producer Colin Charles (AfroFuturist Arts); 'Recruit' Steve Marsling; and two special guests, Ronnie Kasrils and Amina Frense.

Ronnie was Minister for Intelligence Services in South Africa between 2004-8. He joined the ANC in the 1960’s and was a central member until 2007. He has since been critical of the ANC under Zuma’s leadership. Ronnie has dedicated his life to anti-apartheid struggles. He features in the film as the main recruiter of the ‘London Recruits'. Amina was a journalist covering South Africa's liberation struggle and was Associate Producer of the film 'Mandela Son of Africa'. 


2 May Dr Una McCormack, Feminist Science Fiction writer

Una is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling science fiction writer who continues to mentor writers, particularly those working towards completion of their first novel.

Lent 2023

31 January  Prof Kamal Munir  Pro-Vice-Chancellor (University Community & Engagement) and Professor of Strategy and Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Kamal  has published several articles on issues ranging from organisational inequality to institutional change in leading organisational and management journals. He has also published in economics, history and policy journals. 


7 February  Pedro Gil  Architect, Founder + Director of Studio Gil Ltd

Pedro was appointed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, a group of fifteen community and arts leaders tasked with influencing positive change in London’s public realm that truly reflects the city’s diverse constituency.


14 February Dr Sofia Singler  Junior Research Fellow in Architecture

Sofia's research interests lie in the history and theory of modern architecture, with particular focus on ecclesiastical architecture, Nordic modernism and Alvar Aalto.


21 February  Prof Alan Blackwell Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge

Alan is also Director of the Crucible network for research in interdisciplinary design and Co-Director of Research for the University of Cambridge Global Challenges Initiative. Crucible is a research network within and around the University of Cambridge. Its purpose is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration of technologists with researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


28 February Rosie Dawson BBC correspondent

As a journalist and documentary maker, with more than 25 years experience with the BBC, most of Rosie's time was spent with the Religion and Ethics department, where she won many industry awards for her work.


7 March Dr Samara Linton, award-winning writer and multidisciplinary content producer.

Samara's work includes The Colour of Madness: Mental Health in Race and Technicolour (2022) and Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography (2020). She previously worked as a medical doctor and has written for platforms including gal-dem, Metro, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She is a University of Cambridge and University College London graduate.


Michaelmas 2022

18 October Professor Charlotte Sleigh Author, Academic, Historian of Science

'Charlotte Sleigh was one of those kids who could never make up their mind between science and the arts at school. Born in London and educated at Cambridge, she is now an honorary professor at UCL and writes mostly about science from the point of view of history, literature and the arts. Besides doing research and writing, she is also a freelance editor, teacher and speaker.'


25 October Dr Susi Hunt, NHS medic and founder of the pioneering Doctors-for-Doctors

Susi established frontline clinician support at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her work supports, promotes and defends the wellbeing of NHS clinicians, both medics and non-medics. It's pioneering, human-centric, psychologically astute, and essential. 


8 November Deborah Curtis, artist & Gavin Turk, artist 

Deborah is an artist, creative, activist and maker of imaginative educational experiences. She's recently founded The Great Imagining, a place for collaborative, public learning adventures on analogue & digital hybrid platforms, inspired & initiated by young people.

Gavin is an international artist known for his pioneering, bold forms- his Adrianne Unwrapped is installed outside Cambridge Train Station. You can find more on his work on instagram; and see his current exhibition at the Heong Gallery, an exhibition to coincide with the permanent installation of Adrianne Unwrapped in Cambridge.


Curated by Dr Robin Bunce & Dr Alison Wood


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