Following on from this lovely bunch, here are some more young people worth following and interacting with.
I’ll start with Sally Bonsall and Hannah Thompson, both of whom are studying at the London School of Economic and Political Sciences (LSE). I stumbled across both of them via retweets. Hannah has a particularly good set of video blogs under the title Hummus, we have a problem, and Sally is also a singer-songwriter. Both of these two are using digital media with an instinctiveness that I’m hoping to get to sometime in 2013. Still doing A-levels but showing the potential of LissyNumber is Molly Inglis.
Hannah Curtis is a blogger who regularly appears in Puffles’ feed, covering all things feminism and mental health. Joanna Hemingway is someone else also on the feminism radar. Martha Everitt combines this with poetry – some her own, and some by well known poets.
Now, for some people the label ‘feminism’ comes with a lot of baggage. Normally along the lines of: “Men: Boo!!!” Yet rather than reading the stereotypes or the academic literature, I’ve learnt a great deal from the new generation of feminists that use social media. Hence my blogposts on why men need to engage with women, and why it’s good to see more people speaking out about the lack of women on media panels as well as on decision-making boards in large organisations. I argue that these are public policy issues.
Two very inspiring science and engineering-related tweeters that have appeared on Puffles’ radar of late include Suzi Gage and Rebecca Broadbent - the latter again being very good with engineering and steam trains! Have a look at this lovely digital video. In Cambridge, Andrew Holding holds court with both Cambridge Skeptics and Cambridge Geek Nights. For those of you interested in science, medicine and politics, Eilidh is worth a look – particularly if you want a Scottish view of things.
On the politics and public policy front, Michelle Clement appeared from nowhere to tell the #PufflesMassiv about the Mile End Group, that put on a series of very interesting politics and policy related lectures for students and graduates. For those of you interested in academia-side of policy, have a look at Katie Tonkiss, who I met in Bristol and is doing some really interesting research on governance and citizenship. Also appearing on Puffles’ feed under similar themes is Helen Talbot. Closer to London, Akash Paun is one of an outstanding group of young researchers at the Institute for Government.
Local to me in Cambridge are Natasha Rutter and Diane Morrison – the latter working for the excellent local homeless charity, FLACK. Also on the local charity front are Lou Shackleton and Mel Findlater - the latter of whom is part of the Cambridge Women’s Football Club. Please can we get them a decent ground in Cambridge, only playing out on the edge of Ely isn’t easy for me to get to?!
At a more partizan end of things are Zenscara on trade unions and feminism, Martha Morey (Chair, Cambridge University Labour Club), Deborah Fenney (all things environmental) and Millie Riley, lately of Democracy 2015. I also met Simon Alvey at the “Is politics doomed?” conference.
I’ll end here with Ksenia Zhitomirskaya, one of the few architects that appears on Puffles’ feed, and Sara Firth of RT, who seems to have a habit of tweeting and reporting from demonstrations that are otherwise ignored by corporate mainstream UK media. As I’ve mentioned before, the presence of English language 24 hour news operations by broadcasters from non-native-English-speaking countries is a relatively recent phenomenon, but in time may well start impacting on what news gets broadcast and in what context and with what biases.