Guests in February: Hardeep Rai, Kaleidoscope Group, and more
1 March 2022
In February’s Change Makers episodes, Michael Hayman is joined by humans rights campaigner Dan Glass; rugby pro, turned paediatric nurse, turned endurance rower, turned health-tech leader Dr Elin Haf Davies; entrepreneur and investor Hardeep Rai, who has committed to funding disabled entrepreneurs in a bid to change attitudes; Andrew Roughan, the managing director of Plexal, the innovation centre and co-working space in the heart of East London; and Cephas Williams, Campaigner and Founder of The Black British Network.
Dan Glass, Human Rights Campaigner, Writer & Performer – Head, heart and hands: a guide to community activism
Michael is joined by Dan Glass, the award winning human rights campaigner, writer and performer, to discuss activism and cultivating curiosity we have about ourselves and the world at large.
With his visionary community based approach that weaves connections between groups that are marginalised in society, Dan’s work seeks to raise critical consciousness and creativity so people can read their reality and write their own history.
According to Dan, activism is simply acting upon what you care about, and cultivating curiosity we have about ourselves and the world at large. It’s with this spirit that he’s led campaigns for climate justice, LGBTQIA rights, HIV awareness, and much more with his exuberant passion for change, described as matched only by the depth of his rage and the warmth of his insight.
Dr Elin Haf Davies – Prepare to be Marmite: lessons from ocean adventures
Elin is an endurance rower, whose 77-day voyage across the Atlantic was the first in a line of adventures that led to her becoming part of the first all-woman team to row across the Indian Ocean and later, completing a “hat-trick of oceans” by sailing the Pacific.
Through these voyages, Elin has raised over £300,000 for causes close to her heart and has been recognised by the Welsh Assembly for “services to Wales”. But with ever the thirst for adventure, Elin has continued to make a difference after gaining her PhD and going onto a successful career as a scientific researcher and founder of healthcare innovation platform Aparito, which she still leads today.
It’s a long way from her early career, which began as a Premiership rugby prop forward