Hello. 

My name is Lizzie Hodgson.

I am Founder + Director of ThinkNation

I'm also:

Producer, director,
event curator, vlogger,
podcaster, speaker, consultant.

I predominantly focus on
working with, and engaging,
young people in tech
and creativity, exploring the
impact tech may have on
their future and our wider
society - from the
environment
to the workplace. 
I’m passionate about
how we can think and
act differently around tech.
With meaning. With impact.


LATEST & UPCOMING

  NOVEMBER 19 - UPCOMING TALK:    “Tech, the future and young people: Why we need to nurture a narrative of possibility”    SYNOPSIS: We’re all doomed: Technology is biased. Algorithms perpetuate inequality. All the jobs are going to be taken by robots. Our world is burning. We’ve destroyed the environment. Democracy is dead. And the billionaires are moving to New Zealand….  We need to change the narrative. Especially for young people inheriting our world.  Drawing on the outcomes of  ThinkNation ’s recent Brighton Digital Festival and New York tech for good events, I will explain how we can do this – and why it’s all our responsibility.

NOVEMBER 19 - UPCOMING TALK: “Tech, the future and young people: Why we need to nurture a narrative of possibility”

SYNOPSIS: We’re all doomed: Technology is biased. Algorithms perpetuate inequality. All the jobs are going to be taken by robots. Our world is burning. We’ve destroyed the environment. Democracy is dead. And the billionaires are moving to New Zealand….

We need to change the narrative. Especially for young people inheriting our world.

Drawing on the outcomes of ThinkNation’s recent Brighton Digital Festival and New York tech for good events, I will explain how we can do this – and why it’s all our responsibility.

ThinkNation held a special event proudly part of Brighton Digital Festival and supported by Our Future City. On Saturday October 13th, 27 young people (aged 14-24) from Brighton and Hove, plus eight young people from Sweden joined mentors from the tech, creative and business industries.
 Had the privilege of taking part in Europe’s largest TEDx event at Brighton Dome in front of 1,700 people. My talk explored why we need to keep the human - and humanity - at the heart of tech, not the other way round.  TALK VIDEO RELEASED SPRING 2019.

Had the privilege of taking part in Europe’s largest TEDx event at Brighton Dome in front of 1,700 people. My talk explored why we need to keep the human - and humanity - at the heart of tech, not the other way round. TALK VIDEO RELEASED SPRING 2019.


Podcast

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LISTEN: 

"Brighton Pride, Big Companies and Brittany Spears"
with Brandon Relph & Lizzie Hodgson


Live projects

 Imagining local tech solutions for global challenges   On Saturday 8th December , we’ll be inviting young people (aged 14-24) from diverse backgrounds to workshop their ideas on how to smash the poverty stigma. Supported by mentors from the world of tech, arts, public sector, business and academia, their final creations will be presented live, on stage, in front of a public audience.   LEARN MORE HERE

Imagining local tech solutions for
global challenges

On Saturday 8th December, we’ll be inviting young people (aged 14-24) from diverse backgrounds to workshop their ideas on how to smash the poverty stigma. Supported by mentors from the world of tech, arts, public sector, business and academia, their final creations will be presented live, on stage, in front of a public audience. LEARN MORE HERE

Documentaries I've
co-directed
and produced:

 


ThinkNation partnered with Project Twist-It to produce a documentary short where young people discussed what poverty means to them, surface ideas on how to change the stigma of poverty and to host real-world events.


"A Hacker's Story" explores how an informal or "casual" group of mainly young people - who has a vision but no contract - assemble and act on it to hack global organisations. What triggers them to carry out a hack or share confidential intel?


Events

As Director and Founder of ThinkNation, I focus on how emerging and present technology impacts on young people. While building reach through partnerships, my drive is to ensure the experiences shared by young people through ThinkNation are heard and acted on. 

Learn more about ThinkNation

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ThinkNation is an innovative, passionate, ambitious youth-focued organisation. We empower young people to explore the impact of technology on their lives through workshops,
short films and events.

From the pragmatic to the philosophical, we believe our approach and methods could have a profound impact on social mobility and young people across the globe, especially regarding the
impact of tech on their lives.

Examples of talks, workshops and discussions from ThinkNation

As part of ThinkNation event, Jake Davis, former Anonymous and LulzSec hacker, shared his hacker journey while exploring just what makes hackers tick...

Inspired by Accenture's BIG International Women's Day question "How far can you go?" this ThinkNation event gave young women from across the UK the opportunity to share their tech stories - both positive and challenging.

Spoken word poet, Dean Atta, was commissioned to create a poem inspired by the question, "Is screen time helping or hindering us to live in the moment?" Here is the stunning result entitled "Adele, Trigger Warnings and a McDonalds Cup".


Talks, event consultation and collaborations

In July 2017, ART31 organised an event called UPrising. The day brought young people and artists together to discuss what needs to change for young people in the arts, with a focus on education, employment and mental health. I designed, managed and delivered the Art31 ‘manifesto’ element of the event.

TEDx UNIVERSITY OF KENT: Through my own experience I discusses the question "Are we creating the innovation elite?". In this talk I urge people to start creating ideas just for the sake of it, and to encourage the young people to do so as well.

On May 15 2017, Journalist and filmmaker, Billie JD Porter and ThinkNation held an urgent summit called Use Your Voice, addressing the state of political engagement with young people across the UK. Here’s what happened.


LIBRARY:

Vlogs and podcasts

VLOGS

PODCASTS

In our first episode, we deconstruct the phenomenon of Love Island TV show and online efforts. We explore what impact the UK’s ITV2 show has on social media, streaming and traditional media, product placement, consumerism, the podcast - and ethics - asking is the Love Island pure escapism, or a little more complex? 

Q&A session from our “Hacker’s Story” screening at Google’s Campus London. On the panel we had Jake Davis, ex-Anonymous and LulzSec hacker, and now cyber security expert, and DC Andy Chapman from Met Police Cyber Prevent Team. 

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