Adam Grant is an organisational psychologist at Wharton, the bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife. As a speaker at STRIVE Challenge, he is passionate about helping people find motivation and meaning, and lead more generous and creative lives.
Ed is the co-founder School 21, Voice 21, and the forthcoming London Interdisciplinary School. Big Change funded Voice 21 right at the start of their journey, when taking their oracy ‘idea’ beyond School 21 as still just an ‘idea’, and helped make it possible for them to grow. The Voice 21 oracy curriculum is now in 450 schools, and they have trained thousands of teachers to help young people find their voice. Ed is now starting a new university (LIS) and the Big Change network has helped him build a team and raise money to make this a reality. Ed’s underlying belief is that Education has increasingly become a giant sorting mechanism, ranking students by grade for universities and employers. He believes we need to think about what society really needs from it’s education system. This is going to take a Big Change.
Karl Lokko is a former gang leader who has now turned his life around. Further than this, he has managed to harness his life experiences which has propelled and uniquely situated him as an activist/influencer within the U.K. Karl is a gifted orator with a rare ability to connect with people on a human level, granting him undoubtedly the role of a bridge, bridging worlds and uniting community. Karl Lokko’s oratory capacity came to light through the unfortunate and unsettling 2011 riots, where he was called upon to speak and express the hard-to-articulate feelings of the community in which he lives. Karl Lokko is a ‘Big Changer’ and consultant for Big Change, a tireless community worker and campaigner working to reform gang culture in the U.K., currently doing the ground work to establish this country’s first therapeutic community gang rehabilitation centre whilst at the same time affecting policy around the issue. Karl is undeniably one of the most potent young voices in the country and demonstrates this through various mediums.
Lara Milward is a fitness entrepreneur, author, speaker and #womanswarrior. She is the Official Strive Challenge fitness partner and has been fundraising for Big Change since 2014. It has become a family commitment with her husband running London marathon and her daughter appearing in Big Change’s promos. She is passionate about Big Change’s philosophy on prevention rather than cure. One of her favourite quotes is “It is easier to build a strong child than fix a broken adult’.
Richard Reed is the co-founder of Innocent. The business was started from a market stall in 1999 by Richard and two friends with a mission to “taste good and do good”, and gives 10% of profits each year to charity. As well as co-founding innocent, Richard is the co-founder of Jam Jar Investments, a company that backs young entrepreneurs; the co-founder of Art Everywhere, the world’s largest art show; and the co-founder of The Reed Page Foundation, a personal charity that funds peace-brokering and environmental protection initiatives across the world. Richard is also Chairman of the innocent Foundation, a Patron of Peace One Day and is a government advisor on entrepreneurship.
Paul Williams is a superstar supporter – always going above and beyond to get the message out about Big Change and a two-time Strive Challenge participant. Paul has been thrilled to have his employer, Bloomberg, support his fundraising. He has also created a photography book, with all proceeds donated to Big Change.
Matt Isaacs has made a massive contribution to Big Change through personal financial contributions, advice and connections. He also created and manages the Strive Catalyst Circle; a group of former participants from our STRIVE Challenge events who continue to support Big Change in one of the most powerful ways possible – by contributing to our core costs. This ensures that every penny we fundraise goes to creating real impact.
James Burton and his created Wolfpack have been inspiring friends and family to get involved with them in multiple fundraising challenges for Big Change. These include completing a 100,000 burpee challenge in November, running the height of Mount Everest and a 24-hour danceathon.
Ed Walsh and Family are passionate about communication and oracy, and so signed up last year to support Big Change projects with an amazing 5-year commitment. They are part of the big change that has seen oracy well and truly be put on the national agenda.
Stephen Shanly is an extreme striver. In 2018 he literally pushed the boat out and rowed across the Atlantic single-handed. He achieved the 4th fastest solo time ever (without a seat, which he lost half way) – completing it on Valentine’s Day, so we have big love for him. As a result, he raised almost £30K for Big Change!