We’re bringing together award winning food writer Alex Renton, adventurer and scientist Dr Lucy Gilliam, and Action Against Hunger's senior evaluation advisor, Saul Guerrero, to debate how we can make change happen by collaborating, both in the real and virtual worlds.
The panel will be chaired by Charlotte Beckett, The Good Agency’s Head of Digital. Saul will talk about the impact of the work Action Against Hunger does in the field and the proven solutions that exist to address child hunger. From there, our discussions will begin. Our conversation will take many turns, but topics will include:
- Despite immense progress on other fronts, is malnutrition the Achilles heel of development?
- Should the food industry feel a responsibility to give back and help those suffering from hunger in developing nations?
- Will the Hunger Summit that took place during the Olympics have a lasting legacy?
- What is social media's role in driving social change towards development? And can it unite people to make a difference?
This event is perfect for bloggers, community managers, writers, journalists and avid social media users. All we ask is that you have an interest in writing about international development and/or food related issues. Bring your thoughts and views, we'll provide the refreshments. And don't forget to add your blog details or Twitter user name to your booking so we can connect.
In an increasingly connected world, a world where we trust the words of our peers more than anyone else, a world where information spreads quicker than we can imagine, how can we as writers and communicators come together to help end child hunger? The tools now exist to reach more children suffering from malnutrition than ever before. Is blogging one of them?
Directly linked to roughly half of all deaths in children under five, hunger cuts short more young lives than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Unlike many other diseases, the causes of acute malnutrition are well known, prevention is easy and the cures are cost-effective. Yet tragically, fewer than nine per cent of children suffering from this condition receive the treatment they need.
This event is in support of Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food appeal. Running from September 1st until the end of November, the appeal unites top chefs, restaurants and individuals to take action against child hunger and build healthier futures for malnourished children. The UK Government will match pound for pound all public donations made between 1st September and 30th November 2012 pound for pound. So all donations received towards the appeal during this period will be doubled, reaching twice as many malnourished children
About our panel:
Alex Renton is an award-winning journalist specialising in poverty and development and in food culture and food policy around the world. He has been a supporter of the work Action Against Hunger does to end child hunger for several years (indeed one of his awards, "Food Writer of the Year, 2006" was for a piece highlighting the issue.) He writes for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, BBC Online, the Daily Mail and Prospect Magazine, and has also contributed to BBC TV programmes, such as the Culture Show. You can find him on Twitter as @axrenton
Dr. Lucy Gilliam is an adventurous explorer, environmental scientist and story teller with a yearning for the high seas and a world beyond fossil fuels. Having previously worked on various projects at the European Commission and DEFRA, Lucy decided in 2012 to undergo a "very necessary redesign of self" and leave the shackles of a desk. Setting off to explore re-establishing old trade routes by sail, she became part of the "New Dawn Traders" crew. A passionate advocate for sustainability of our ecosystems and the concept of slow food, Lucy brings a scientific, macro view to our discussions. She's also a committed foodie, who loves to invent new dishes. You can find her on Twitter as @lucygilliam
Saul Guerrero is the Senior Evaluation, Learning & Accountability Advisor at Action Against Hunger UK. With a background in Social Anthropology, Saul has worked in nutrition programmes in over 18 countries in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Action Against Hunger, he worked for the technical advisory group Valid International Ltd, where he was part of the team that researched and developed Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), a global model for nutritional care currently employed by over 50 countries around the world. He is a prolific writer in a variety of subjects including community mobilisation, the links between HIV/AIDS and nutrition and overall quality and impact in the humanitarian sector. He believes that the internet can play a decisive role in the future of hunger, but still buys his books in paper-form.
Charlotte Beckett is The Good Agency’s Head of Digital. She is as a digital planner and strategist, putting together ideas for fundraising, campaigning and communications. A believer in integration but not matching luggage, she’s likely to use words like “transmedia storytelling”, “social giving” and “gamification”. Most importantly, she believes in the power of digital for social good, and the role of digital in an integrated world. You can find her on Twitter as @londoncharlotte