Fine Acts is a playground for social change.
We are a nonprofit for socially engaged creative solutions, that operates across issues and borders. We believe in the power of art and play. In our work, we think about ways to make people care and act, and we create novel avenues to empower activism. We:
Nurture collaborations: We bring together activists, artists and techies from across the globe to work on collaborative projects.
Produce powerful art: We create and commission art that raises awareness, triggers action, and fosters greater support for human rights campaigns.
Create effective campaigns: We work with groundbreaking nonprofits from around the world, designing and implementing tailor-made creative campaigns for their needs.
Boost innovation: We design and apply novel formats to explore the intersection of human rights, art and technology.
Support organizations: We consult and train civil society organizations in creative thinking, utilizing art and embracing play as a tool for social change.
Practice playtivism: We see the process of incorporating play and experimentation in activism as vital. We came up with the concept of playtivism – learn more about it from our founder’s TED talk.
Founders & Team
Yana is a human rights activist and a social entrepreneur, with a background in investigative journalism. With skills in nonprofit management and advocacy campaigning, she is an integral part of the team of several NGOs and social startups, and is advising organisations across the globe - including Amnesty International, as part of their Europe & Central Asia Regional Oversight Group. Yana has an academic background in communications and political science, with executive education from Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government), Yale University, and Oxford University (Saïd Business School). She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Julie is an artist, who translates complex processes and data into a variety of art forms. Julie has an MA in Digital Art from Middlesex University and a PhD from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London. Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. She co-leads the Data as Culture art programme at the Open Data Institute, is a TED Senior Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her focus is on human rights activism and social change through the intersection of art, data and technology.
Pavel is a social entrepreneur with a strong background in advertising and marketing. His work has won awards for online, viral and integrated advertising. He is also co-founder and Managing Director of TimeHeroes.org, the largest do-more-good platform in Bulgaria and main source for volunteers for local nonprofits. Pavel was named one of Forbes Bulgaria 30 Under 30. He is also a WEF Global Shaper, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Pavel is one of the 12 inaugural Obama Foundation Scholars.
Svetla is a human rights campaigner and activist with an academic background in communications and political science from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has devoted the last eight years to championing issues concerning women's, LGBTI, refugee, minority and children's rights at a number of non-profits including until recently the largest human rights organisation in her home country. She is a 2018 Fulbright Scholar, and as part of the program, she joined Change.org in the US to explore effective practices in digital campaigns and people mobilization. Also an entrepreneur, Svetla is the co-founder and CEO of Power Pops, a company dedicated to supporting social change through popsicles.
Ana is a cultural and art manager with a background in international documentary film production. A graduate in media and gender studies from Ruhr University Bochum and Utrecht University, she specialized in audio-visual entrepreneurship at EURODOC and EAVE. Fellow of Friedrich Ebert Foundation, YTILI and Mercator Stiftung. WEF Global Shaper. G-20 Young Global Changer. Selected in "30 under 30" of Forbes Bulgaria and Emerging Producers IDFF Jihlava. She is the founder of "Your Future", a local youth support and mentoring network.
Maksim is an all-in-one creative powerhouse and communications expert. His work in advertising has seen him be a part of the internationally award-winning teams of Ogilvy Sofia, Noble Graphics & NEXT-DC. In 2013 he won the Young Lions print competition in Bulgaria, representing the country in Cannes the same year. An accomplished drummer and music producer, he has an extensive experience in music production and promotion.
Martina is a digital specialist with a background in communications, psychology and design. She is one of the co-founders of CoderDojo Bulgaria and is actively involved in the organization of Rails Girls Sofia, making coding more accessible to women and children.