Beautiful Rising seeks to strengthen the capacity, creativity, and effectiveness of social movements, activist groups, and civil society organizations to achieve lasting social change.

The project was initiated in 2014 by ActionAid Denmark in collaboration with Beautiful Trouble, and is funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) under the heading “Innovative Partnerships.”

About the Advisory Network:

The Beautiful Rising Advisory Network gathers together people with a variety of skill-sets and working contexts to act as a hub of expertise informing project decisions. Our current members are:

Nisreen Haj Ahmad - co-founder of Ahel & Mujtama3i and a board member of Leading Change Network. Over the past five years, she has been leading or coaching campaigns for human rights in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. She studied law at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 after which she was a legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team. Then studied community organising with Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2007.

Katharine Ainger - co-editor of We Are Everywhere: The irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism and a former co-editor of New Internationalist. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Statesman, Adbusters, and ZNet. She is interested in the points where creativity, radical democracy and ecological justice intersect.

Tom Allen - Global Engagement Manager for ActionAid International, digital expert with an in depth knowledge of the third sector. Have worked predominantly in environmental campaigning, international development and human rights issues and have been involved with most of ActionAid’s International ICT4D projects so far.

Kara Andrade - Kara is a Ph.D. student at the School of Communication at American University. Her research interests are in media, technology, entrepreneurship, digital storytelling, social movements and strategy, and Latin America. She has more than ten years of experience working in the United States and Latin America as a bilingual journalist, entrepreneur and multimedia producer for a variety of leading media organizations.

Judith Dembetembe Chiyangwa - Judith is a human rights activist mainly focusing on women and girls rights in Zimbabwe. She is the current Director and co-founder of The Girls legacy, an organization that seeks to build the capacity of young women and girls in Zimbabwe to become change agents in their communities. Through her experience of growing up as a girl in a poor family, a depressed economy and a patriarchal society where access to one’s rights as a girl was and is limited she is focusing much of her energy on mentoring young women and girls to become the change they want to see. She has worked for several women’s organizations that include Women in Politics Support Unit, Musasa Project and Casals/USAID as a Grant manager. She also participates in different coalitions and consortiums that share the same vision as her including the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe and Girls Not Brides.

Laura Walker Hudson - Chief Executive Officer for Social Impact Lab (makers of FrontlineSMS, award-winning open-source software used in over 135 countries), and Advisory Board Member at SpaceUnited - she has supported people and organizations around the world to use inclusive technologies to make systems and services more accessible, responsive, and resilient.

Anna Levy - Governance Project Director for Social Impact Lab (makers of FrontlineSMS, award-winning open-source software used in over 135 countries) where she is managing programs, projects, and partnerships in relation to transparency and accountability in public services and foreign assistance/international development programs, inclusive policy making, and digital infrastructure for social services.

Aurelia Moser - works as a developer and code-cartographer at Ushahidi and Internews-Kenya, and as an advocate for global code curricula, she balances experience in design, development and data-journo departments. She also coordinates Nodebots-NYC meetups and leads the hub-chapter for Girl Develop It, a non-profit that is empowering women of diverse backgrounds from around the world to learn how to develop software.

Gabi Sobliye - Gabi holds a Masters in Human Rights from University College London. As a programme coordinator for Tactical Tech works on visual persuasion areas central to our book Visualising Information for Advocacy. She works on a variety of data representation projects and is currently working on a visualisation of housing collapses in Egypt. She has an interest in data and design, which, outside of Tactical Tech, she applies to the creation of braided hair wreath displays.

Phil Wilmot - After working with several nonprofits and activist groups internationally, Phil married into Uganda and now oversees strategy and operations at Solidarity Uganda. As a consultant-trainer, he has trained many communities in nonviolent action, including those trying to protect land and natural resources, end corruption, and fight unemployment.

Suzan Abong Wilmot - Originally from Lango sub-region in Uganda, she is an internationally-trained social change trainer, recycled jewelry artisan, and Director of Solidarity Uganda. She is interested in transforming the professionalistic nonprofit culture of Uganda into one that works more seriously on the ground and generates real results.