97. Activism’s role in innovative policy creation with Ksenia Ashrafullina
In this episode, André was talking to Ksenia Ashrafullina. Ksenia is an activist, the Founder of Invisible City non-profit organization. Invisible City is a cultural app that turns smartphones into an up-to-date cultural agenda. Ksenia is helping emerging artists to perform more and get paid fairly. She is a co-founder of the civic movement Lisboa Possível for inclusive mobility in Lisbon. And she calls herself a “self-employed diplomat” for the virtual embassy of the wonderful Russia of the future in Portugal.
Main topics covered:
🚀 Activism projects creation in Portugal;
🚲 Lisboa Possível and mobility improvement in Lisbon;
😥 What difficulties do activists face?
❗️ What is the activism role in city policy?
Introduction of the guest [1:20]
It’s really action that cures us from frustration.
Activism is doing a bunch of random crap that nobody else wants to do.
How did Ksenia start her path in activism [5:00]
Ksenia moved to Europe from Russia — what was the reason for that? [6:40]
Visiting London in 90s literally felt like being catapulted into totally different planet.
My mother would agree to all kind of random things that I was up to.
How did Ksenia learn Spanish (Ksenia speaks about her mad obsession with southern countries) [9:30]
They didn’t even have a printer to print my VISA.
Self-employed diplomat for Russia — what is this title about? [13:30]
How did Ksenia learn 9 languages [16:30]
What TV hosts are expecting Ksenia to stand for [18:00]
Is there a democratic deficit in Portuguese society? [19:40]
Invisible City NPO development [24:00]
Invisible City - a non-profit helping artists perform more and get paid fairly.
“Art is a symptom, that life is not enough.” — Ferreira Gullar
Organization of events for solidarity [26:15]
What’s the connection of Invisible City and Lisboa Possível [29:20]
Subscreve as nossas notícias Só enviaremos e-mails quando precisarmos da tua ajuda, seja para anunciar uma…
Work towards mobility improvement in Lisbon [31:00]
It gives a lot of hope that things might change.
Bike lane in Almirante Reis [32:00]
This is a big achievement — making a politician take his words back.
How to start on being an activist? An activist guide with all the information [37:00]
Ksenia is organising an event about petition writing[41:20]
Problem of the bike lanes in Baixa downtown [43:30]
You need to adapt yourself to the product that you are building.
Ksenia’s event pitch — feel free to join at A Mata and register ⬇️ [47:05]
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Engaging youth in activism [50:00]
What is Ksenia the most passionate about in her job [51:00]
I love it when people manage to get things done.
Going by bike is not the sign of being poor. It is a sign of a person who cares.
Besides work and activism, what are Ksenia’s hobbies [53:20]
Once I fell in love with flamenco, there is no way back.
Which technology would Ksenia learn if she had to choose one? [55:10]
What kind of innovation tech-people could create to make activist’s life easier? [57:00]
* NFT’s for social impact
* How to safely transfer personal data without seeing it.
What words of advice would Ksenia give her younger self [59:00]
Whatever path you take is the right path.
I wanted to be useful in diplomacy. That was my childhood’s dream.
Book recommendations [1:00:30]
📕 Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoğlu
Why Nations Fail
It depends, there are middle income economies like Chile or Brazil that have inclusive institutions, maybe you can call…
📕 Raised From the Ground by José Saramago
Levantado del suelo
"Yaşam karşısında takınılan doğal ağırbaşlılık." Sömürü düzeninin çarkları arasında ezilmiş ve ezilmekte olan insanlar…
📕 Letters From a Stoic by Seneca
Letters from a Stoic
I found the tone of Seneca's letters far more personable and persuasive than Meditations, entirely because of the…
📕 The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
The Selfish Gene
Words like "it's not true" and "just theory" belie a deep misunderstanding of what science is. I assume you mean "not…
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