On June 12, 2016, the world lost one of its most passionate Star Wars fans. On that day, 49 voices cried out and were silenced by hate. One of them was my best friend, Christopher Andrew "Drew" Leinonen. He and I bonded over many things, but nothing brought us together like Star Wars...
In May 2013 my family metaphorically car crashed into a world we knew little about. We were suddenly treading water manically to keep our heads, and members of our family firmly above the surface. Cases had been packed for a family holiday and in 24hrs we should have been boarding a plane. But we were going nowhere.
WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS THING WORK. Get involved, change the world, and kick some ass. Even if just for ten minutes from your sofa. Hot chocolate and a laptop can be very powerful weapons...
Outraged traders in Eastenders have this week started a petition against Cost Mart - a fictional cut-priced priced discount retailer it's feared will wipe out footfall from Walford's famous market and nearby business including 'The Caff', Queen Vic and Minute Mart convenience store...
Listening to what they have to say and letting them be part of the decision-making process is an important first step to reforming global refugee policy. And with all the technology that lets people organise effectively, they don't have to reshape it alone, but can do it together with the refugees.
Having subtitles across all On Demand content and other online content is a big must. As we are moving into a more digital futuristic world, it concerns me that if there are no subtitles then more people could be left out. I recently found out that in America, anything that is broadcasted on television and is later uploaded online, must have subtitles so that people can access it. Why can't we be more like America in this situation? I feel that once we've got Sky to introduce a more accessible service, maybe others would follow suit.
Even a small charge creates a barrier to people taking part, and once the principle has been established it'll be difficult stop it increasing in future. Not only that, it discourages anyone from creating similar schemes as the costs will stop them as soon as it becomes successful.
To all of the 300,000 supporters of my Change.org and the tireless campaigners that protests on the streets with me numerous times over the past two years, I want to say a final huge thank you and congratulations. YOU are the ones who have changed history. Without you, this would never have been possible and generations more women may well have been subject to the illogical and overtly sexist tampon tax. For the first time in two years, I can say WELL DONE, WE DID IT!!
Maybe women on Change.org in Russia do not yet run campaigns for women's rights issues as we define them internationally, but they are already doing something amazing: by mobilising themselves to effectively tackle issues important to them they are redefining their role and influence in society. And today we are very excited to celebrate them and their success.
Every day in the UK, women are fighting for equality in the workplace. Sick of getting ripped off for being female, they're fighting for equality on the high street. And, with two women a week killed at the hands of a partner or ex-partner according to the Office of National Statistics across the UK some women are even fighting for the right to stay alive.
It may not surprise you to know that Muhammad Ali was a huge influence on my career. I used to watch every Ali fight and documentary I could lay my hands on. Not only was he a phenomenal boxer, he is a moral person who has always stood up for what he believes in. Last week I launched a campaign for the great man to receive an Honorary Knighthood and the reception to the idea has been incredible. The petition is aiming for 25,000 signatures and in less than a week we've managed to get over 18,000. I'm very confident that soon we'll be able to reach the 100,000 that it requires to be discussed in Parliament.
The question shouldn't be "do petitions work?" but "how do they work best?" It's all down to the power of a strong personal story that will help you build an army of supporters who you can call on to take action, every step of the way to victory. If you do that, your campaign will be impossible to ignore - however many signatures it attracts.
I started the #itaffectsme campaign to encourage people who have suffered or who know someone who has suffered to post selfies on social media to prove that the one in four people who suffer from mental health issues really are everywhere. That mental illnesses are universal and have no prejudices about who they affect.
Boots - please review your sexist pricing and make this right. Make it right with your customers, and be the company who is the first to accept that there is no place for sexism on our high streets. This research has shone a very bright light on the extent of this problem - this isn't just about one industry. It's endemic, and we can change it.
Edhi not only epitomises the very creation of the Nobel Peace Prize based upon Sir Alfred Nobel's principles of social activism through peaceful means, he is a shining example of how sheer fortitude can create a legacy of real change. I hope his story is heard loudly when the nominations for the 2016 peace prize draw to a close in the coming weeks. In these bleak times whereby we are deluged with humanitarian crisis after crisis, the world can learn much from Edhi's simple yet profoundly illuminating code of conduct - 'live and help live'.
Including women in politics shouldn't be a political tool to win votes. It should be a necessity of a functional parliament. Obama explained why and his words can be summed up in one simple sentence: a world-wide tax on menstruation.