Thursday 23 September | 6pm – 7:30pm | £5 | ONLINE EVENT
Join Aja Barber and Sophie Slater at this online event, celebrating Barber’s debut book, CONSUMED: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism.
Aja Barber is a fashion consultant and writer, who is passionate about racial justice and exposing endemic injustices in our consumer industries. In her debut book, Barber asks us to change our consumer identity, in order to be a part of a more equitable and sustainable future. At this online event, Barber and Slater will discuss CONSUMED as the story of Barber’s own journey away from the cycle of overconsumption and as a tool for helping us all to do the same.
Following the radical format of the book, Barber and Slater will first discuss ‘learning’, exposing us to the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry; one which brokered slavery, racism and today’s wealth inequality. Next, they will cover the second half of the book; ‘unlearning’, in which Barber help’s us to understand the uncomfortable truth behind why we consume the way we do. She will ask us to confront the sense of lack we have and the reasons why we fill the aching void with consumption.
Presented by a hugely influential voice, Consumed: The Need For Collective Change promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of some of the biggest challenges currently faced by all working to become more conscientious consumers.
Consumed: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism, £15, published by Octopus, is available to buy from our online shop.
Aja Barber is a fashion consultant and writer with over 230,000 followers on Instagram. She is passionate about racial justice and exposing endemic injustices in our consumer industries. She is no stranger to calling out racism and campaigning for change. Her Instagram video ‘Why Performative Allyship is Triggering’, which called out brands and influencers for monetising the Black Lives Matter movement, has accumulated nearly one million views.
Sophie Slater is co-founder of Birdsong, an ethical and sustainable clothing brand based in London, a freelance facilitator, marketing and PR consultant, lecturer and writer. She was a Fellow on the 2014 Year Here programme, where she co-founded Birdsong.
This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience. Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.
The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.
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