humanKINDER Founder Emma Barrett Palmer led a successful and award-winning Social Innovation programme in UK government for over ten years as an advocate for systems change through shared and lived experiences.

Then in September 2015 she started volunteering in Calais.

 
The way I saw human beings treated in Calais Refugee Camp in the winter of 2015, compelled a professional change.

I realised there was a need to develop an independent “lab model” which was more inclusive, proactive in reaching and amplifying the messages of communities who may otherwise be silent/silenced.

I founded humanKINDER in 2016 as a vehicle to do this, at the intersection between participatory research/design/justice/creativity/culture and innovation.
But I needed a better understanding of the realities happening Out There.

So by August 2017 I was living on the road with my family and a repurposed army catering tent and the next year was spent in “The Welcome Tent” alongside displaced and activist communities across Europe.

We used the universal language of food as our starting point, cooking and sharing meals with the people we met on our self-funded 16,000 mile journey. Now I am weaving these stories, hopes and dreams into a book to amplify “recipes of HOPE” for a humanKINDER future.
— Emma Barrett Palmer, Founder
 

humanKINDER Advisors

Happiness All Around Crew

Happiness All Around crew Meeting Alex Mvuka Ntung at Wise Words Festival, Canterbury, UK, 2016

Happiness All Around crew Meeting Alex Mvuka Ntung at Wise Words Festival, Canterbury, UK, 2016

A community of friends who met in Calais, offering invaluable insight for humanKINDER vision and development. This is Happiness All Around.

 

Sparky

Photo taken by Guki Guinashuili on The Welcome Tent journey at The Institut for X, Aarhus, Denmark, 2017

Photo taken by Guki Guinashuili on The Welcome Tent journey at The Institut for X, Aarhus, Denmark, 2017

Chef, Grower and Food Educator, Sparky has over 25 years experience in kitchens around the world. He is Founder of Source2Sauce. He is a Partner at humanKINDER and The Welcome Tent and working as Head Chef of Production at Osmose Cuisine, a Kitchen Cooperative in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Emma and Sparky have been married for 13 years.

 

Sophie Okolo

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Sophie is a public health researcher studying longevity and aging across the lifespan, based in Los Angeles, California.

Her work focuses on preventing Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, improving the quality of life for older people, and increasing awareness of preventive care. She is also a science communicator and loves to write and talk about the intersection of technology and healthcare.

Her insights and bylines have appeared on Forbes, MarketWatch, PBS Next Avenue, Massive Science, Salon, and IEEE Potentials, among others. After getting degrees in bioinformatics and public health, Sophie started Global Health Aging, a publication that provides readers with facts about healthy aging and longevity.

She is passionate about social media and has built online communities of 15K+ followers.

 

Abdullah Alsmaeel

Photo taken by Jorgen Bundsgaard, collab Den Nye Havn and The Welcome Tent at Rethink Activism, Aarhus, Denmark, 2017

Photo taken by Jorgen Bundsgaard, collab Den Nye Havn and The Welcome Tent at Rethink Activism, Aarhus, Denmark, 2017

I am a Syrian guy based in Aarhus Denmark. I live with my wife and three lovely kids. We have collaborated with The Welcome Tent in Aarhus in September 2017 and we think it was a super interesting experience. 

I am a Master’s Degree Student in International Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark, and hold a degree in Law from Damascus University specializing in Children’s Rights. I am passionate and active in bridging different cultures together and creating better living conditions for my community.  

In Denmark I am working on starting two initiatives with refugees from different backgrounds called Den Nye Havn (The New Harbour) and Anaobaba.TV (Me and Daddy TV), both focusing on welcoming refugees, involving them in volunteer work, and helping and supporting each other.  in addition, that I am part of many initiatives and projects in Denmark and Europe.

Previously, I worked in Syria as a volunteer coordinator, supporting youth, the poor, people with special needs, orphans, juvenile delinquents and refugees. I also worked for the United Nations Development Program as a field coordinator before and during the Syrian war.

 

Debalina Bera

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Debalina completed an MSc in Design for Business at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee. Her final placement in the summer of 2019 was with humanKINDER as Digital and Social Media Strategist.

An inquisitive individual driven by an honest passion to enhance her own learning experiences in a creative working environment.

Dedicated and strong aptitude for social and systems innovation, leadership, causes and problem solving skills.

Believer in the transformative power of design to create a diverse and equal world for all to peacefully coexist.

Looking to explore the sustainable business values of conscious creativity through design to help make our everyday lives better and the planet greener.

Much more about the artists, film-makers, poets and many more we have met and worked with to follow …

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