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Common Futures Forum 2021: what a blast

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

29 November, LONDON - My Life My Say hosted its first Common Futures Forum since 2019 at Plexal, HERE East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 27th November 27th, 2021.

Joined by three hundred buzzing young people from across the UK and abroad, whilst being streamed to its followers on Instagram Live, the biggest youth summit of the year was bigger than ever and a huge success for the globally recognised charity.

Open to all and at no cost to attendees, the showcase was hosted by prominent KISS FM presenter Swarzy Macaly with a range of incredible speakers.

Attendees were left inspired by spoken word artist Nego True and the motivating words of Nissy Tee; given a nationwide perspective by UK politician and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey MP; the two change makers Gina Martin, feminist activist who led the campaign to make up-skirting illegal, and former President Obama aide Stephanie Young, now Executive Director of When We All Vote, mobilising millions of voters across the USA; taken on the journey from activist to former politician by Hong Kong's Nathan Law; and uplifted by words of empowerment by both lawyer and political commentator Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and legendary civil rights activist, the Reverend Al Sharpton.

Across its insightful break-out Lab Sessions and globally renowned Democracy Cafes, attendees had a deep-dive into the big topics of today from political participation and the importance of voting in elections to racial justice and climate justice to understanding the silent pandemic of the mental health crisis.

"I can barely express how thankful I am to everyone who made this summit such a huge success. From our incredible panelists who shared their stories and their work towards equity, our unrivalled and dedicated team at MLMS, to our supportive partners who continue to make everything we do possible," said Mete Coban, CEO of My Life My Say.

"Our young people who, most of all, joined us in their hundreds to demonstrate they aren't apathetic about our politics and want to find the most exciting ways to bring their own ideas to life. That's our mission at My Life My Say, and I'm proud that we can continue to provide a space and a platform to inspire the next generation to be the change makers of the future."

There are amazing photos from the day - available here!

About My Life My Say

My Life My Say (MLMS) is a youth-led, non-partisan charity on a mission to empower young people to participate in democracy, by creating spaces for dialogue across communities and generations, and by providing young and socially excluded citizens with the tools to lead change within society.

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