Lunchtime Talk with Jon Alexander and Imandeep Kaur: Thriving in a civic society
Jon Alexander and Immy (Imandeep Kaur) will be in conversation discussing the power of working collectively, collaboratively and creatively to help us achieve and thrive in a civic society.
Throughout her decade-long career, Immy has focused on convening and building community, the role of citizens in radical systemic change, and how we together create more democratic, distributed, open source social and civic infrastructure. Through this work she has discovered much about economic justice and broader injustices, the pivotal role of land and social/civic infrastructure in neighbourhoods, and the value extracted from communities through our broken investment models. Immy is a Co - Founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE. She was a founding director of Impact Hub Birmingham. For her services to the city of Birmingham, Aston University’s School of Life & Heath Sciences granted Immy an Honorary Doctorate in 2019. And in 2020, Immy was awarded a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship.
Jon began his career in advertising, winning the prestigious Big Creative Idea of the Year, before making a dramatic change. Driven by a deep need to understand the impact that 3,000 commercial messages a day have on society, he gathered three Masters degrees, exploring consumerism and its alternatives from various angles. In 2014, he co-founded the New Citizenship Project to bring the resulting ideas into contact with reality. In his new book Citizens (2022), he is ready to share them with the world.
This event will feature BSL interpretation throughout.