human K I N D E R Founder Emma Barrett Palmer was part of the Co-design team for the first Social Innovation Lab in UK government in 2007. She led a successful and award-winning programme in government for over ten years - innovating for social change, against the odds.

The way I saw human beings treated in Calais Refugee Camp in the winter of 2015, compelled me to quit my job in UK government.

I founded humanKINDER in 2016, and in the following year I was living on the road with my family and The Welcome Tent, an ex-army catering tent repurposed for peace, cooking ‘recipes of HOPE’ with the people we met.

Now I am weaving these stories, hopes and dreams into a book which will document this critical period in our lifetime using the universal language of food.
— Emma Barrett Palmer, humanKINDER Founder

As with all her work in the past, Emma is currently assimilating a human K I N D E R Advisory Board to ensure that future direction and development remains grounded in the values upon which it was founded in 2016.

Participants and Contributors to The Welcome Tent

Happiness All Around crew listening and learning from Alex Mvuka Ntung at Wise Words Festival, Canterbury, UK, 2016

Happiness All Around crew listening and learning from Alex Mvuka Ntung at Wise Words Festival, Canterbury, UK, 2016

Emma Barrett Palmer brings over 15 years experience as an innovator for social change, now based in Chamonix France. Sparky Palmer is a Chef, Grower and Food Educator celebrating food in kitchens, fields and gardens for over 25 years and is now working as Chef de Production at Osmose Cuisine, Cooperatove Culinaire in Chamonix, France. Dr Hannah Parathian-Thorn is an Anthropologist at Centro Em Rede De Investigação Antropologia in Portugal and Co-Founder of Wild Bread, a sourdough artisan BakeHouse in Kent, UK. Mohammad Omar, Abdulaziz, Zubiar Eshag and Ibrahim Erdy are originally from South Sudan and are now living in the UK. Christine Davies is a Ceramicist with a career in creative therapeutic interventions in the UK. The Hadafmand family from Afghanistan first met Emma ten years ago in Kent when she was their Youth Worker.

Photography during The Welcome Tent journey: Emma Barrett Palmer, Jorgen Bundgaard, Duncan Brown, Guki Giunashuili, Emily Parish, Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny, Erika di Vito, Chris Christidis, Hollie McNish and Bagzada. Filming during The Welcome Tent journey by Emma, Sparky and participants: footage was edited by Adam Naldaal a Media Student from Aarhus. Artwork and branding is by Laxmi Hussain and pen&ink illustrations by UX Designer and Artist Myriam Weisenfeld

We take great inspiration from a great many people whose stories in time we hope to feature on these pages… Ella Matheson, Trustee at the Desmond Tutu Foundation, Tinna C Neilson, Founder of Move The Elephant For Inclusiveness, Ingrid Van Der Wacht from the Dutch Design Foundation and Gulwali Passarlay, Author of The Lightless Sky.