Some would say that my recent experience with discrimination is small compared to what other people have to go through, and I agree to some extent. But sometimes it's the smaller incidents of exclusion and misunderstanding that can grow or develop into bigger issues... Barring transgender contestants from mainstream pageants is just wrong.
Bowie was an outsider. Some have suggested that the man who refused a knighthood would be unlikely to want to feature on currency - perhaps the ultimate symbol of the establishment. But he also made the music and imagery of a cult artist part of the mainstream by sheer force of talent.
David Bowie was a pioneer. The first to embark on a vast array of uncharted turf musically, visually and often philosophically. Chaotic galactic ripples that stem from his work have even influenced exterior forces to bring unimaginable first-time circumstances to bloom, like astronaut Chris Hadfield playing a beautiful acoustic rendition of Space Oddity actually from space. Everything he did, whether it be the execution or the interpretation, was ground-breaking.
Last year was an annus horribilis for many fundraisers. The perfect storm of media criticism, regulatory changes and public disquiet were intensely challenging for charities - but this now presents us with a once in a generation opportunity to radically remake the fundraising sector.
I've signed petitions on Change.org before but until one apparently unremarkable morning earlier this year, I'd never imagined I would write one mysel...
Yes, I think Stella was wrong this time. But, to me, the fact that she was prepared to take the backlash, the abuse, the threats of deselection, damnation and death was actually worth more. It was exactly that determination and bravery that made me support her in the first place. It was the same integrity that she showed when she stood up for people like me against pay day lenders or spoke for the victims of domestic violence, or refused to back down to internet trolls.
Just over a year ago, Westbrook Partners bought the New Era Estate in Hackney planning to redevelop the homes into luxury apartments. Threatened with major rent hikes, ninety-three families were facing eviction from their homes before Christmas.
We still haven't heard anything back from Apple, although I like to think they know all about our campaign from the coverage we've generated across the world. But what we are all waiting for is the next emoji update, which could come through at any time. If they decide to listen to the people and finally give us proper emoji representation, then we've won. If they don't, then they should expect to hear from the rather outspoken and increasingly loud ginger community across the world!
I was in London at the time, I think it was late evening, when my dad called and said that security forces had taken my sister. That was the first time I knew anything about her protest. My parents, who live in Tehran, were in shock. My sister had first been arrested outside the national stadium for protesting against an old rule that banned women from attending sporting events alongside men "for their own safety".
Starting a petition is the first step on a campaign's journey. The next is to build an army of supporters to help you take action, create momentum and make the change you want to see happen...
When Change.org launched in the UK we did so with the belief that by giving anyone the campaigning tools that big organisations have people would win change on their own terms. As small campaigns start to merge together and become greater than the sum of their parts, we're catching a glimpse of the future...
f we educate the next generation, we are not only promoting equality, but hope to dispel myths and stereotypes for mental health in a world free of discrimination, where bullying is a mere memory and we are prejudice free, over race, religion, gender and physical/mental health impairments.
Amid the trail of destruction, over three thousand daughters, mothers and grandmothers were seized and taken deep into Islamic State's heartland. Here, they were branded 'infidels', tortured, raped and sold into sexual slavery. I'm a British Yazidi teenager, determined to help these women.
Our parental leave policy allows us to move past stereotypes about what a parent can or can't be at work. We are lucky to have a culture that encourages people to create authentic relationships at work and our parental leave policy is one of the many ways that we do this.
The internet and organisations like WEP can play a positive role by nudging established parties and the traditional political structures into opening up to modern ways of working. The next generation of activists wants their politics to be fast, open and effective - and there are massive electoral rewards ahead for the politicians who can capture that territory...
Pancreatic cancer is a disease which has made hardly any progress in over 40 years. Despite pancreatic cancer being the fifth highest cancer killer in the UK, it receives less than 1.5% of the research spend. This cancer has been overlooked for way too long.