the hp alliance
The Harry Potter Alliance fights the Dark Arts in the real world by using parallels from Harry Potter. We work for human rights, equality, and a better world just as Harry and his friends did throughout the books.Mission
Our mission is to empower our members to act like the heroes that they love by acting for a better world. By bringing together fans of blockbuster books, TV shows, movies, and YouTube celebrities we are harnessing the power of popular culture toward making our world a better place. Our goal is to make civic engagement exciting by channeling the entertainment-saturated facets of our culture toward mobilization for deep and lasting social change.Company Overview
The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is a 501c3 nonprofit that takes an outside-of-the-box approach to civic engagement by using parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize young people across the world toward issues of literacy, equality, and human rights.
HPA Creator/Cofounder/Executive Director: Andrew Slack
Spokesperson and Digital Content Strategist: Lauren Bird
From now on your job is to be a distraction – so people forget what the real problems are.
Andrew Slack et al 2013:
Can Fandom Change the World? LeakyCon 2013 Panel w/ Hank Green, Anthony Rapp, Mark Oshiro & more
fantasy is not an escape from our world.. but an invitation to go deeper into it…
in Harry Potter’s name – we are seeing injustices in the world.. and taking care of them
over 100 different chapters on 5 continents
usually civic engaged youth come from families that have been civically engaged.. but with hpalliance – most are the first in their families to be civically engaged..
Hank – key is to figure out what matters to you.. find your people.. to make world a better place – wanting to understand the world.. we are all the same..work to make the structure more equitable.. people who think hard about problems
making the thing that is a thing a thing..
via the power of awesome
perhaps harry potter is the beatles of fandom.. it’s not that we don’t like harry potter anymore – we just like all the other fan doms..
24 min – Hank – switching out – what cohesiveness is.. it’s not really about harry potter – it’s about who we are.. and what we care about… the cloud/network – as big ness
26 min – Andrew – how do we make justice viral… money and charity are essential – but can we go deeper..
…how can we fully leverage the brilliance of the nerd fighters
by sharing a narrative that’s already written on all of their (7 billion people’s) heart.. which also happens to be the deep/flexible/alive ongoing equitable leverage…
38 min – sliding fan\dom into the classroom
How ‘Harry Potter’ fans won a four-year fight against child slavery
Harry & the Potters (@hatp) tweeted at 10:30 PM – 19 May 2018 :
I’ll think about Kim every time I’m in a voting booth. I’ll tell her story to my elected representatives. But I fear that those actions will not be enough. We must change our culture. How do we do this? (http://twitter.com/hatp/status/998058398175387649?s=17)
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