MKS Room – Refugee Forward

Hello – we are very happy to announce the new MKS Room on the 26th of November. Make Sense Uk , Sounds Advice , Chayn and Empower Hack are all very excited to host you at the Newspeak House.

The migration of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and surrounding countries has been one of this year’s defining, and most complicated stories. With an estimated 9 million Syrians being forced to flee their homes since the outbreak of civil war we are potentially confronting the largest exodus in human history since World War II. Responding humanely and effectively to this  current refugee crisis is arguably one of the most significant problems that our generation is facing.

While the majority of refugees remain displaced in nearby countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, migration within Europe is being affected by this conflict and conflicts in surrounding areas. The United Nations reports that over than 700,000 migrants, from the Middle East and North Africa, are estimated to have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year.

In response to this reality, the MKS Room aims to gather people and create a meaningful debate around the Refugee Crisis. In conversation with entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and representatives of the NGO sector we will try to analyse to what extent Media today are framing the situation correctly and how citizens can effectively take actions to help the current scenario improve in the short and long term.

At MakeSense, our mission is to mobilise citizens around the social issues that they care about, to enable them to find concrete solutions to solve them. MKS Room Refugee Forward London it is a step into a new journey for our community and everyone that wish to get involved.


Who is joining MKS Room this month?

Paula Schwarz

Paula is a mentor, entrepreneur and social innovator from Germany. She is the co-founder of The Migration Hub Berlin is a coworking space in Berlin-Schöneberg which is open to startups, initiatives and individuals who are committed to social innovation, integration, entrepreneurship and solutions to the refugee crisis. The Migration Hub is working to open a new space in London by Spring 2016.

Antonio Olmos

Antonio Zazueta Olmos is a Photojournalist who has worked covering issues concerning Human Rights, The Environment and Conflict. Antonio is also a dedicated Editorial & Portrait Photographer whose images have appeared in all the UK Broadsheet Weekend Magazines including the Observer Magazine. Antonio has spent weeks documenting the refugee crisis for the Guardian and Observer. He has been in Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece recording the effect that the flight from persecution and conflict has had on the mostly Syrian people and the obstacles they have to overcome to reach a better life.

Zarlasht Halaimzai

Zarlasht a former refugee herself has recently come back from Turkey – where she worked on the Syrian border as part of crisis response team for Save the Children.  In the last 2 months she has been organising a grassroots group to collect and distribute essential supplies for refugees in Europe. She has first hand experience of migration and refugee experience – having lived, worked and migrated to and from Afghanistan, Jordan, Ukraine, Turkey and Pakistan, Uzbekistan and the UK among others

Storm the Palace 

Storm the Palace are a London and Edinburgh based outfit performing cinematic, baroque and folk- inflected pop. Their debut EP In Ruins came out in May, receiving a flurry of blog coverage and radio play from the UK to New Zealand. They were featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6Music Introducing Playlist and Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway described their sound as “magnificent” and their song writing as “epic”.


Eastern Barbers

EASTERN BARBERS a 4-piece band recently discovered by BBC Introducing & NME Radar and drawing comparisons with Jamie xx, King Krule and Bombay Bicycle Club. Merging rose-tinted indie vibes with a budget electronic undertone, EB attempt at supplementing a raw SE London sound with ideas and influences picked up from their travels through Latin America, the Middle East, India and East Asia.

Andrea Spisto

Andrea is a London based theatre maker, poet, performer and producer.

A graduate of History of Art and Archeology BA at SOAS (2012) and  a postgraduate degree in Devising Theatre and Performance at LISPA, Andrea is inspired by bridging the arts with social awareness. She uses movement and pens words to open discussion about some of the issues faced by our planet and people, hoping to incite progressive dialogue through the means of performance art. She is currently part of the arts company Infinite Experience, Roundhouse Poetry Collective Spare The Poets and theatre duo Wild Dandelions

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