How to Turn Pop-Culture Fans into Political Activists
July 26, 2012
The Harry Potter Alliance was started by comedian Andrew Slack to inspire hundreds of thousands of Harry Potter fans to act as heroes in the real world. HPA practices what Slack calls "cultural acupuncture," that is, "finding where the psychological energy is in the culture, and moving that energy toward creating a healthier world." HPA has a staff of more than 60 volunteers, 85 chapters, and a network that reaches more than a million people. On that backbone, it has sent five cargo planes of aid to Haiti, donated tens of thousands of books, and contributed to a variety of political causes.
On this call, we'll talk with Slack about how activists can connect with fans of pop culture and move them toward political action. In particular, we'll look at how online participatory culture can be an ally of political movements.
Andrew Slack is creator, co-founder, and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance which takes a creative approach to activism by mobilizing thousands of kids to spread love and fight for justice in the spirit of the Harry Potter novels. The HP Alliance has been featured in over 200 US publications including Time Magazine, the LA Times, and the front covers of both the Chicago Tribune Business Section and Politico Newspaper.
In his prior career, Andrew performed comedy at hundreds of venues across the US and produced four videos that have been viewed close to eight million times.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth and new media can transform our lives both personally and collectively. He lives in both Honolulu and Boston.
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