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Open Minds Podcast: Yana Buhrer Tavanier and Pavel Kounchev of Fine Acts

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Hi Creative Commoners! We’re back with a new episode of CC’s podcast, Open Minds … from Creative Commons.

First photo: Yana Buhrer Tavanier, Second photo: Pavel Kounchev

On this episode, we’re joined by two guests, Yana Buhrer Tavanier and Pavel Kounchev, two of three co-founders of Fine Acts, a global creative studio that encourages experimentation and collaboration across disciplines to inspire social change. Fine Acts brings together multidisciplinary teams of artists, activists and technologists to prototype compelling works of art aligned with specific human rights campaigns. They publish all completed works on, their free platform filled with socially engaged visual content, open to anyone to use or adapt non-commercially under CC licenses. 

Yana is the Executive Director of Fine Acts, a TED Senior Fellow, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and her most recent TED talk, focused on the concept of playtivism: incorporating multidisciplinary creative play and experimentation in activism has been viewed close to 2 million times. Pavel is chair of the board of Fine Acts, an Obama Foundation scholar at Columbia University, and a Royal Society of the Arts fellow. He was born in Bulgaria, where he also co-founded TimeHeroes with Yana – the biggest online volunteering service in the country, with 80,000 registered volunteers – for which he was named among Forbes Bulgaria’s list of 30 Under 30.

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Posted 15 November 2021