Savita has a Masters in International Communications and a Bachelors in Communication Arts with a minor in business. She has worked in the television industry, cosmetic industry, and for a non-profit organization. Her main interest lies in the television/film industry as she has attended acting school and worked in the communications department at Discovery Inc. That being said, she loves to interview artists especially those who use their creativity to participate in activism. Savita believes that can inspire people to find art in life and the ability to change the world with their work.
Peter Murimi is a producer and documentary filmmaker whose work is often featured on the BBC. His film, “I am Samuel” follows a queer Kenyan man navigating his identity while struggling with familial and cultural pressures.
Kevin Mwachiro is a man of many talents. He is a published author, podcaster, film festival curator, and former journalist. However, his true passion lies in telling Kenyan stories, specifically queer stories. In our conversation, he shares his experience and love for storytelling in his community.
Cracey Fernandes and Candacie McEwan advocate for education on transgender people in Guyana through the organization, Guyana Trans United. “We believe strongly in changing hearts and minds,” said Candacie. In this article, they speak about the challenges transgender people face in Guyana and their continuous efforts to empower transgender people and improve their quality of life.
Alexandra (Xandie) Kuenning (she/her/hers) is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs and is currently pursuing an International Master’s degree in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. In her work with non-profit organizations, she has concentrated on Eurasian affairs, with a specific focus on the emergence of LGBTI rights and organizations.
This year, St. Petersburg will host the 13th edition of QueerFest, a cultural festival that raises issues of human rights, identities, gender, and sexuality. I spoke with Egor Teryannikov and Ruslan Savolainen — two members of the organizing committee — about the history of this festival, the impact it has had in Russia, and what we can expect to see in this year’s edition.
Alla Chikinda is the PR and Communications Manager at the Resource Center for LGBT [people] in Yekaterinburg, Russia, an organization with the mission to create a respecting, friendly, and accepting environment for the LGBTI community by implementing social and legal programs and services aimed at overcoming discrimination, stereotypes, prejudices, and stigmatization on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Here, she discusses the variances of what it means to be LGBTI in Russia and how the Center helped organize the region’s first Pride week.
Launched in 2017, Kok.team was the first LGBTI mass media in Kazakhstan and the first website to publish LGBTI content in the Kazakh language. I spoke with the two co-founders, Anatoly Chernoussov and Daniyar Sabitov, to discuss what inspired them to create Kok.team and the impact this project has had on the portrayal of LGBTI topics in Kazakhstan’s media.
Herman Gaibe is the project manager of T9 NSK, an initiative in Novosibirsk, Russia that aims to increase the acceptance of transgender people in society and, eventually, to create a network of transgender activist groups in different regions of Russia. In this profile, he discusses what LGBTI activism looks like in Russia and how T9 NSK works on the ground to effect change. Читать по русски
David Tasevski is the Executive Director of Subversive Front, an association for sexual and gender minorities based in North Macedonia. In this interview, he discusses the importance of mental health within the LGBTI community and how Subversive Front is working to develop evidence-based policies, programs, and services that support the self-identified needs of LGBTI people.
Lilit Martirosyan is Armenia’s first registered transgender woman, the first transgender person to speak out against LGBTI discrimination in Armenia’s National Assembly, and the founder of Armenia’s first and only NGO for trans people and sex workers — RighT Side. Here she discusses her activism and what the reality is on the ground for LGBTI people in Armenia.
Over two days in November 2020, attendees of the Queer Budapest Exhibition were able to explore contemporary queer culture in Budapest through the lens of a curated selection of artists currently operating in Hungary. I spoke with the exhibition’s two curators, Thomas Roughan and Zsuzsanna Zsuro, to discuss the formation of the exhibition and how it has since grown into a permanent platform supporting and promoting the work of queer Hungarian creatives.
Ali Bousselmi is the co-founder and executive director of Mawjoudin, meaning “We Exist,” a Tunisian-based NGO that works towards achieving equality for the LGBTI community and other marginalized groups and individuals. In this interview, he discusses the wide-ranging activities Mawjoudin supports, including counseling services, a guide for LGBTI asylum seekers, and the Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival.
Share Your Business Acumen and Be Part of Social Change
The SEA Change Initiative is looking for volunteers just like you to form part of our pro bono business network: the “Buisbono network.” This will be a consulting and matching service pairing nonprofit organizations in the Caribbean with mentors in the US who can commit to giving 15 days of their time on a pro bono consultancy basis to create social impact in the Caribbean. This support can be over a 1 month to 3 month period if you can commit to giving at least 15 days of your time.
Alturi and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) leverage the unique strengths of corporations, social and civil sector organizations, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and generate income for social change. By focusing on Social Enterprise Acceleration (SEA), Alturi and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition will work with the corporate sector to help them deliver on their employee engagement and social impact objectives while assisting nonprofit organizations to become more sustainable through social enterprise initiatives. The first online meeting to establish the Buisbono network will take place on Thursday, July 16.
Professional Application and Profile on Buisbono
A detailed application will help us determine if you have the mindset, skills, and experience we are looking for to support nonprofit organizations in the Caribbean. Following a formal offer to join us, we help you to fill out a Professional Profile, and along with your CV and ongoing conversations we get a clear idea about your skills, strengths, and interests and use this information in the matching process.
We will then reach out to our nonprofit partners, who are setting up a social enterprise (Incubator plan) or consolidating an existing initiative (Accelerator Plan) to find out where there is a need for your skills.
We work with our nonprofit partners to explore their core business challenges and from that we produce their top two assignments for the duration of the program. You’ll then be matched with a client based on the assignment type, their need, and the skills and experience you offer.
Business Plan Development
Customer Journey Mapping
Customer Relationship Management
Marketing and Branding
Monitoring & Evaluation
Risk Analysis and Auditing
Web Design & Development
Who you’ll Work With?
Once enrolled as a buisbono expert you will be matched with a nonprofit organization interested in setting up or consolidating a social enterprise, social business, or ethical business that is making a social impact in their community.
The nonprofit you are matched with could be at different stages with their venture, from start-up, through consolidating and scaling up the impact of an existing social enterprise. Whether it’s a non-profit that wants to generate more revenue for a new project, a social business that would like to increase sales, or a social enterprise looking to get social investment ready, you’ll be given an assignment that suits your skills and experience.
What’s in it for You?
As a pro bono business expert you will have the option of working remotely or on-site with your assigned nonprofit. You will also be able to participate in SEA Change Initiative’s social enterprise networking events or virtual workshops, and social impact talks. As a buisbono expert you will get to share your knowledge and skills with nonprofits while also gaining much in return. You will work closely with inspiring organizations in interesting locations in the Caribbean, on dynamic social enterprise initiatives designed to help nonprofits cover their core operating costs. The CVC/Mossier SEA Change Initiative will support your learning ahead of your program start date with interesting and informative readings, articles, and presentations which lead to your increased knowledge and understanding of social entrepreneurship, startup methods, and consulting.
Who are we Looking For?
Have a minimum of 5 years’ work experience in a professional field in marketing, sales, operations, or finance.
Are looking to give back while also learning from nonprofits working on social change.
Want to make a positive difference that will help the community.
Are passionate about entrepreneurship as a force for change and want to share their specialist business skills to improve people’s lives.
How will this work?
You can determine your time commitment within a specific 1 month to 3-month period.
You can work remotely and on a set number of days per month.
You can work on the design and scope of your assignment to meet client requirements during the consultancy planning phase.
A 2-week wrap-up phase is included for pro bono experts to write up and submit a brief consultancy report and present their work to the assigned nonprofit and make recommendations on the consultant they would need next.
SEA CHANGE: be part of something big to change the world as we know it!