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Crowdfunder filming is done. Here’s what happened…

On Saturday we filmed our crowdfunder video in Brighton. I hadn’t slept properly all week I was so nervous. In my head we only had one shot of getting it right, despite being told by all around me that we can edit or re-shoot if necessary. It would be the first time I would hand over control to strangers, when I had been the only person living and breathing this project on a full time basis...

Roll on Saturday – we’re filming

We’ve been keeping an eye on the weather as Saturday approaches. It’s D-Day for filming our crowdfunder. We’ve been amazed at the huge amount of support people have given us, from directing the shoot, providing equipment and speaking on camera to photographing the events of the day and offering to make teas. (Thank you all!) Some of our teens have even signed up for getting up...

We must teach teens to ask questions of social platforms

The on-going revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s doings has made me wonder how much attention teens are paying to what it all really means for them. When I asked my teen what she thought of it all when the revelations broke, she was non-plussed. What revelations? And whilst we’ve seen myriad news and think pieces about the issues, how much of it is aimed at the heaviest users of...

What about ‘The Breakfast Club’?

I have just read Molly Ringwald’s article in The New Yorker where she revisits the John Hughes teen flick through the #MeToo lens. The Brighton5 (adult) team had already started commenting on it on our WhatsApp group – comments like “it’s great to think about the content (for BTN5) in terms of legacy and how it might be interpreted in years to come.” It got me...

Parkland teens and 850,000 March for Our Lives

Something amazing happened in Washington DC on Saturday. After just 5 weeks of organising, Parkland students led a march of over 850,000 people calling for a change in gun laws after 17 of their fellow students and teachers had been shot and killed on campus. They raised $3.5m from 42,000 people through a GoFundMe campaign for the march, and another $2m was given by celebrities. They used the...

Slogans, T-shirts and International Women’s Day

On 8 March we celebrated International Women’s Day – which marks one year since the idea for Brighton5 came about! – by inviting our teens to create slogans and T-shirt designs for our project. It was an amazing and productive evening with T-shirts that we all want to wear! A huge thank you to our teens. The best bit? The lovely Emma Knight sporting one of our teens’...

We need to teach our girls Fearless Enquiry

Everyday I find stories that involve teenagers, device addiction and mental health. They are all over the press, as rates of depression and self-harm soar in youngsters. One article that caught my eye, by Tech journalist Moya Sarner was about Belinda Parmar – who “was a passionate advocate of the digital revolution – but has started keeping her family’s smartphones and laptops locked...

Get involved

Yesterday we did our first press for Brighton5 – a live interview on local Brighton station Radio Reverb as part of their fundraising Reverbathon 2018. (Big thanks to The Mothership’s Josie Booth for the invite!) Daisy spoke about where the idea for Brighton5 came from and what it’s all about – we’re hoping to share a link to the interview later this week. Dipping...

It’s tiring making good trouble. But I love it.

Brighton5 as it happens consists of (among many other things): 1. Writing the partnerships deck (presentation) for potential sponsors and partners 2. Writing the script for the crowdfunder video 3. Attending Anxiety in Teens session (see previous post) 4. Rewriting the script for the crowdfunder video (after the Anxiety session) 5. Editing the photoshoot we did last Saturday (and waiting for the...

Anxiety in teens is anxiety for parents

This morning I attended the ‘Managing Anxiety’ meet up organised by some local primary mental health workers. The session was advertised via three Brighton secondary schools, aimed at parents and carers. At first, it felt like an AA meeting (not that that is a bad thing) as I nervously joined the group sitting in a circle. Strangely only parents from one school attended. This...

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