Every major social media channel has at least one problem that threatens to drive users away, whether it’s questionable data collection practices or a toxic virtual atmosphere. As people begin to question the value of mainstream platforms, where are they finding a sense of connectedness online?
Rhys Thomas is a writer, editor, creative copywriter, and editorial consultant specialising in popular culture, wellness, lifestyle, and emerging trends for online media. Thomas is contracted as an acting senior staff writer and editor for Woo, a Gen Z-focused, wellness-oriented publication from ITV.
David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, a social media platform for hosting and organising in-person and virtual activities, gatherings, and events for people and communities of similar interests, hobbies, and professions. David has over 20 years of experience as a technology and digital media executive and hosts Meetup's Keep Connected podcast, which is dedicated to the power of community.
Over eight combined years as an editor at VICE, Refinery29 and Dazed, Amelia Abraham commissioned stories, managed teams, shaped branded campaigns and grew audiences. Abraham now works mainly as a freelance copywriter and brand consultant. Recent clients include Nike, Hinge, Royal Mail, Dr Martens, Lyst, and Matches Fashion. Having published two books on queer culture, Queer Intentions (Picador, 2019) and We Can Do Better Than This (Vintage, 2021), Abraham has talked about LGBTQ+ culture everywhere from Sky News to BBC Radio 4 to the Southbank Centre, and regularly delivers LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion talks for brands.