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Core Learning Group
The Core Learning Group is a small group of individuals, who have helped guide the Power Project, and to challenge and extend our thinking. The group has evolved over time, but currently comprises:
Alice Smith is a transformational expert. Her award winning 361 Recovery programme for women empowers UK survivors with the benefits of an exceptional emotional education. In lockdown, Alice founded 361 Life Support, a 100% user led organisation that challenges current political thinking by asking society – victim, survivor, what lies beyond? 361lifesupport.co.uk
Bushra Ahmed is an experienced charity sector leader, recently profiled in the Charity Times and named by them as one of the 15 most inspiring leaders in the sector to look out for on #IWD22.
Bushra is a Trustee for HomeStartUK and Legacy Youth Zone, a member of the Survivors Advisory Forum at National Emergencies Trust and the Victim Care Improvement Forum at Met Police. She is a Civic Futures Leader at the GLA and became a trustee for SMK during her time as a core member of the Power Project.
Bushra is best known for founding West Croydon Voice after her family business was destroyed in the 2011 Riots, to successfully fight for compensation for the victims. She is a business woman, strategic consultant and community activist, with over 20 years of experience in community engagement, as a public speaker and mentor. She uses her lived experience to advise on issues around diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural awareness.
Dan Boyden is a theatre practitioner, consultant, trainer and facilitator. He designs and delivers creative projects, often with marginalised groups and communities, in the UK and internationally. Dan is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow and a Global Master Facilitator for the British Council’s Active Citizens Social Leadership programme. He is Director of the Change Collective, an organisation exploring current and emerging thinking and practice linking arts and social development. Dan did a 2017 Ted talk about his work.
Lucie Russell is CEO of StreetDoctors, a movement of young healthcare volunteers who train young people affected by violence in how to save lives and increase their understanding of the consequences of violence. Lucie’s career began as a youth worker and then a social worker, after which she co-founded The Big Issue and launched The Big Issue Foundation. She then started SmartJustice, a national campaign based at the Prison Reform Trust, and was Director of Campaigns at YoungMinds, as well as developing the Fair By Design campaign based at the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Lucie is a trustee of Redthread and Criminal Justice Alliance.
Sophie joined Shelter in 2019 as Activism Officer. She is interested in exploring how large organisations can divert power and resource outward across the housing movement, and provide varied and interesting campaigning opportunities with Shelter. Previously she worked with Greenpeace, supporting Local Groups across Scotland and the North West through tailored support and training events, and with ActionAid where she worked on both domestic and international campaigns on women’s rights and tax justice.
Tony Cealy is a drama facilitator, theatre practitioner, arts activist, agitator and creative producer. He creates projects that engage the public on issues that are important for social and behavioural change. Tony is a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths, Bristol, Leicester, UCL and Birmingham Universities in Applied Theatre. He is currently working with community groups, businesses, residents and artists to design an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Brixton Uprising.
Power Sharing Project blogs and articles
What is belonging? What does it mean to 'normal', secure people, and what does it mean to survivors? In my experience, two very different things. Is belonging a positive or a negative? For survivors, a craving for belonging surfaces in rushed intimacy,...
It’s been a long and complex journey, but the findings from the Power Project are clear. Social sector organisations must think differently about power to build solidarity for social change. Saul Alinsky, organiser and activist, suggested that for a revolution to be...
In this blog, Head of the Power Sharing Project Sarah Thomas reflects on the unexpected journey the project took and calls for a new conversation about power in civil society – one that will help people with personal experience of poverty and inequality harness their...