Sotez Chowdhury is a Visiting Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, a Community Organiser in Tower Hamlets for London Citizens and is a Former London Chair of the Emerging Leaders Advisory Board at the Young Foundation. Here is a great interview with Sotez from a few years ago that you might enjoy
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
I work as a community organiser in Tower Hamlets with with over 27 civil society organisations (churches, mosques, schools, community organisations), building relationships, developing leadership and encouraging people to participate in public life and non-partisan politics around issues of social justice and the common good. I work with people to train and develop them as leaders, build diverse collective power and bring about change by taking action, I also teach/train undergraduate and postgraduate students at Queen Mary University across various social/life science subjects encouraging the participation of universities (staff/students) with local communities, social justice and the political landscape. I have a social enterprise helping employ local young people risk at becoming NEET and involved in UpRising – a national youth leadership programme.
2- Who inspires you?
I am mainly inspired by local unsung leaders and heros who often do amazing things, take risks with little resource to better their community and country despite the odds.
3- What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
The biggest change I want to see a re-balance of power between the Haves and Have Nots.
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
Taking risks. Developing unlikely and usual leaders. The stories I told, the places I traveled and the knowledge I passed on.
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
That it is possible to create demand after you have supply!
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
Contact CitizensUK (citizensuk.org) if you are the member of a civil society organisation who would like to work with us! Or message your local organiser to volunteer. Or contact me via LinkedIn or Twitter