Generation Next: Empowering Voices

Generation Next: Empowering Voices

‘I used to comfort myself with the belief that it was only certain individuals and their peculiar notions that spoilt things for the rest of us. But how many individuals does it take before it's not the individuals who are prejudiced but society itself?’.  

Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series turns 20 this year, and her sharp reflection on the dangerous, fragile and arbitrary prejudices which underpin society can be felt in the actions and activism of the young people who grew up with her books: a generation which continues to hold society, businesses, politicians and people of influence to account for their past and present misdeeds and biases. This year’s series of events for young adults takes a fearless and unflinching look at the issues affecting young people today. From tackling racism, and class and gender stereotypes, to celebrating diversity in all its forms, and empowering people to make their voices heard, these events offer exciting and challenging perspectives for anyone wanting to learn how to make a difference in an ever-changing world.


Forces of Nature: Youth Voices of Climate Change

Friday 27 August 19:15 - 20:15

According to research by the London School of Economics, the views of young activists are often dismissed as ‘generalised and generationalised’. But there is a growing coalition of young women around the world who are proving their detractors wrong....

Be the Change with Gina Martin

Age 12+

Monday 30 August 10:15 - 11:00

BSL Interpreted, Captioned
Writer and activist Gina Martin, who rose to prominence when she successfully campaigned to make upskirting illegal, wants to empower you with the tools and courage to challenge injustice and fight for change, whether it’s in your school, workplace or...

Wellbeing and Resilience: Imagining a Better Future

Monday 30 August 16:00 - 17:00

The ability to soothe ourselves in times of distress is essential for keeping us well. Project Soothe – a global citizen science project – investigates how ordinary people self-soothe on a daily basis. Following creative workshops with 200 young...