2022 Expert Outlook on Citizenship
20 Dec 2021
2022 Expert Outlook on Citizenship

How will grassroots organising change current socioeconomic systems? How has the pandemic changed our understanding of civic engagement? In this part of the 2022 Expert Outlook, we speak to three experts about how people are rethinking citizenship in the wake of the pandemic.

Bruce Hood

Dr. Bruce Hood is a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Bristol. His research interests range from the origins of supernatural beliefs to the illusion of self. He's the author of several books on a variety of psychological phenomena, including bestseller The Self Illusion and his most recent Possessed: Why we want more than we need. He presented the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas lectures "Meet Your Brain" on the BBC and starred alongside academy award winner Jeff Bridges in his Living in the Future's Past eco-documentary film. Currently, he teaches the highly successful 'Science of Happiness' course, which has been proven to increase mental well-being.

Sarah Shanley

Sarah Shanley Hope is the VP of brand and partnerships at the Solutions Project

Kadian Pow

Kadian Pow is a queer, Black femme who has lived in three different countries. She is currently a lecturer at Birmingham City University, where she teaches courses in sociology and Black studies. She hails from Kingston, Jamaica but spent the majority of her life in Washington DC. Prior to moving to the UK and earning her PhD, Kadian focused on informal education and inclusion at such institutions as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian, the Barber Institute, and the University of Birmingham. She is also the founder and managing director of her own beauty brand, Bourn Beautiful Naturals.

Izzy Wharton

Izzy Wharton is a senior strategist, trend forecaster, editor, and futures consultant with expertise in sustainability and innovation in design. Committed to re-imagining systems and structures, she's worked across multiple sectors with some of the world’s best-known brands on research and strategy projects as well as insights content.

Sabrina Faramarzi

Sabrina Faramarzi is an international journalist, trend analyst, and data storyteller. Her work explores patterns across sociocultural phenomena through a future-focused lens, with an interest in new media development and storytelling innovations. Faramarzi has worked and written for publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue Business, Wired, and VICE, and has helped brands such as Google, Meta, Airbnb, Lush, Tempur, Regus, and GSK to create relevant content for their audiences. She founded Dust in Translation, a boutique creative storytelling agency helping organisations build and produce innovative, data-driven content and communications strategies.