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Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Cultural Arts Industry, Innovation And Social Change

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Session Description

What do cultural industries offer communities and individuals from conflict zones and from economically impoverished societies? Artists, film-makers and sports people will offer diverse perspectives on how cultural industries can act as a force for social change. They will look at how institutions and individual artistic expression support and sustain cultural identity and social change.

When | Where

14:00 - 16:00 Thursday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Pediatrician and Executive Director, Grassroot Soccer, Inc.
    Dr. Thomas S. Clark, Pediatrician and Executive Director of Grassroot Soccer, Inc., conceived the idea for Grassroot Soccer after living in Zimbabwe. Clark completed his medical training at Dartmouth Medical School, graduating in 2002. He went on to get advanced training in HIV prevention research at UCSF, using his background in medicine to give Grassroot Soccer a firm foundation in curriculum and evaluation. Dr Clark has conducted research in HIV prevention under a National Institute of Health Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco. He is currently a Draper Richards Foundation Fellow, given to a select group of social entrepreneurs each year. With start up support from both Ethan Zohn’s winnings from the tv programme Survivor Africa and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grassroot Soccer conducted its first research and program in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Today, Grassroot Soccer conducts HIV/AIDS prevention programs in eight countries. Most recently, it has been announced that one of the first five of the 20 Football for Hope Centers to be built by FIFA in South Africa will be turned over to Grassroot Soccer to administer.
  • Fiel dos Santos Speaker
    Sculpter,
    Fiel has been drawing since his childhood. In subsequent years, he developed his artistic talents experimenting with other media such as ceramics and metalwork. In 1994 he discovered that his heart belonged to sculpting and he started making works of art out of wood. In 1994, his wood sculpture Perigo Eminente in the exhibition Objectivo Linha Alberta won a first prize and some degree of fame. Two years later he received an other award and obtained a scholarship for a 3 months internship in Zimbabwe to master the technique of working with stone.
  • Jude Kelly OBE Speaker
    South Bank Centre and Chair of Culture, Artistic Director
    Jude Kelly is Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre and Chair of Culture, Ceremonies and Education at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Jude is an award-winning theatre director and, during her 27-year career, founded Solent People’s Theatre and then Battersea Arts Centre. In 1986 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company before becoming the first Artistic Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. As Artistic Director and then Chief Executive, she established the West Yorkshire Playhouse, an acknoweldged centre of excellence. In 2002, Jude founded METAL, artistic laboratory spaces in London, Liverpool and soon, Southend-on-Sea. As Chair of Culture and Education at London 2012, Jude was responsible for developing the culture, arts and education strands of London’s successful bid for the Olympics. She continues this role at LOCOG.
  • Naif Al-Mutawa Speaker
    Founder and Chairman, THE 99
    Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 received positive attention from the world’s media. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and named Naif Al-Mutawa as one of the 7 most influential designers in the world. Al-Mutawa has a PhD and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. He holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and an MBA, also from Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where he triple majored in clinical psychology, English literature and history. A social entrepreneur, Al-Mutawa was recognised by The Schwab Foundation with a Social Entrepreneurship Award at the 2009 World Economic Forum and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
  • Peter Bisanz Speaker
    Executive Director - Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
    As executive director of The Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA TFT, Peter Bisanz brings his extensive experience as a social entrepreneur, filmmaker and global communications expert to build awareness and transform social capital in a way that affects society positively. Bisanz was formerly the head of development and communications for the Global Knowledge Networks (GKN), the think tank to the World Economic Forum where global experts work to address the most pressing challenges facing the world today. Prior to joining the Forum, Bisanz was the founder and director of Entropy Films and the Beyond Our Differences Foundation, where he created socially relevant documentaries, films and education programs on global issues. In 2007, he was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and currently serves on their advisory board. Early in his career, he worked at Paramount Pictures and later became vice president of development at the Ladd Production Company where he helped develop more than 40 projects including An Unfinished Life starring Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez, and the Oscar-nominated film Gone Baby Gone directed by Ben Affleck. Bisanz has a B.F.A. in film and television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an M.B.A. from University of Oxford’s Said Business School and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship at the School’s Center for Public Leadership.