Radical Network of Change
Location: IMPAKT main programme online
Panel discussion //
With: Zohra Moosa, Matthea de Jong and Selçuk Balamir.
Moderated by Lynn Zebeda.
It is about time that we emphasise the importance of collective action. The climate crisis is complex and frightening and can lead to feelings of helplessness and frustration. At the same time, the alarming prospects also cause groups all around the world to mobilise and take to the streets to demonstrate. If COVID-19 has proven anything of value, it is that radical intervention is possible if we recognize the urgency. If we want to survive as a species, we must work together and restore the values that make us human. How can we transform our feelings into real action? How can we unite, with all our individual and collective doubts, desires and concerns, towards sustainability and justice? In the panel Radical Network of Change we address these questions with Zohra Moosa, Matthea de Jong and Selçuk Balamir.
Zohra Moosa― Speaker
Zohra is Executive Director at Mama Cash. Based in Amsterdam, Mama Cash is the oldest international women’s fund in the world. It provides grants and other non-financial support to grassroots social justice and human rights groups led by women, girls, transgender and intersex people. It also supports and collaborates with other national, regional and thematic women’s funds. Since 1983, Mama Cash has awarded over €72 million to feminist and women's rights activists worldwide. Prior to joining Mama Cash, Zohra was women’s rights advisor at ActionAid UK, and senior policy and campaigns officer at the Fawcett Society. Since 2007, Zohra has been a freelance blogger and reporter for the Guardian, openDemocracy and The F-Word.
Matthea de Jong― Speaker
Matthea de Jong (1981) is initiatiefnemer van Warming Up, een project van Stichting Impact Makers om vanuit media en kunst meer mensen te betrekken bij het klimaatvraagstuk. Ook is ze directeur van Tolhuistuin, een cultuurhuis en -tuin aan de IJ-oever van Amsterdam Noord. Warming Up presenteert in 2020 een reeks mediaproducties en programma’s in samenwerking met culturele podia en festivals door heel Nederland. Eerder zette De Jong verschillende organisaties en initiatieven op. Zo werkte ze aan Stichting Movies that Matter, een platform voor film en mensenrechten met een jaarlijks festival en International Support Programme waarvoor ze genomineerd werd voor de Impact Award. Ze werkte aan verschillende projecten rondom migratie en racisme: De Asielzoekmachine, Operatie Zohre en talkshowserie SkinDeep. Voor Culturele Hoofdstad Leeuwarden-Fryslan ontwikkelde ze IepenUP, een media- en kunstprogramma rondom maatschappelijke vraagstukken. Ook zette ze samen met Hooman Nassimi New Faces op, een initiatief om nieuwkomers met een migratieachtergrond te koppelen aan festivals.
Selçuk Balamir― Speaker
Selçuk Balamir is a designer, researcher and organiser, working at the intersections of creative production, radical politics and ecological transition. He co-developed Climate Games (transmedia event enabling peer-to-peer disobedience) and Shell Must Fall (grassroots campaign targeting shareholder meetings). He co-initiated the housing projects NieuwLand (postcapitalist urban commune), and de Nieuwe Meent (cooperative based on commoning). His PhD in Cultural Analysis at UvA is on commoning practices in postcapitalist design. He currently teaches eco-social design at WdKA Rotterdam and is a BAK 2020 Fellow researching intersectional tools for political activation.
Lynn Zebeda― Moderator
A passionate social entrepreneur and strategist, Lynn Zebeda has worked with partners on five continents on reinventing the world. Her academic degree in International Political Economy and Development formed a good foundation for understanding the fundamental systems that our societies are built on. For a few years after her studies, Lynn traveled the world as a leadership and impact consultant. She then co-founded Dr. Monk, an agency that designs interventions to catapult us into a more just, green, and compassionate future. Dr. Monk works with clients and partners ranging from Nobel Prize winner President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to Harvard University, to community groups across the African continent. Social acupuncture best describes Dr. Monk’s work, as they strive to develop exactly those interventions that unleash much needed societal shifts. Lynn is a frequent public speaker and interviewer, with national and international experience, including at the United Nations in New York. She has a fascination for traditional wisdom and is always seeking to manifest values into a life well-lived.