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.


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Fine Acts is co-founded by two TED Senior Fellows and an Obama Scholar, and is advised by some brilliant minds. The Fine Acts Collective currently features more than 40 TED Fellows, and is growing to include other prominent artists and advocates. Fine Acts launched at TED 2015.

 
 
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Advisory Board

Maria Popova  Founder > Brain Pickings

Maria Popova
Founder > Brain Pickings

Shoham Arad  Artist, Designer, Deputy Director > TED Fellows

Shoham Arad
Artist, Designer, Deputy Director > TED Fellows

Colleen Keegan  Art Business Advisor

Colleen Keegan
Art Business Advisor

Esra'a Al Shafei  Founder, Director > Mideast Youth

Esra'a Al Shafei
Founder, Director > Mideast Youth

Rebecca Lichtenfeld  Philanthropic Advisor & Curator > Bertha Foundation & TED

Rebecca Lichtenfeld
Philanthropic Advisor & Curator > Bertha Foundation & TED

Adrian Hong  Human Rights Advocate

Adrian Hong
Human Rights Advocate

Safwat Saleem  Artist, Designer, Filmmaker

Safwat Saleem
Artist, Designer, Filmmaker

Lars Jannick Johansen  Founder > Den Sociale Kapitalfond

Lars Jannick Johansen
Founder > Den Sociale Kapitalfond

Benedetta Berti  Policy & Security Researcher, Analyst

Benedetta Berti
Policy & Security Researcher, Analyst

Alexander McLean  Founder > African Prisons Project

Alexander McLean
Founder > African Prisons Project

Gayle Karen Young  Culture-builder

Gayle Karen Young
Culture-builder

Arthur Steiner  Founder > Mideast Creatives

Arthur Steiner
Founder > Mideast Creatives


 

Founders & Team

 
 
Yana Buhrer Tavanier  Co-founder & Executive Director

Yana Buhrer Tavanier
Co-founder & Executive Director

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 Freeman  Co-founder & Curatorial Director

Julie Freeman
Co-founder & Curatorial Director

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 Kounchev  Co-founder & Advisor

Pavel Kounchev
Co-founder & Advisor

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 Baeva  Campaign Director

Svetla Baeva
Campaign Director

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 Alexieva  Project Manager

Ana Alexieva
Project Manager

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 Stoimenov  Communications Director

Maksim Stoimenov
Communications Director

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 Koleva  Digital Lead

Martina Koleva
Digital Lead

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.