WE ARE DIVERSE, EXPERT AND CREDIBLE!

We believe that when you bring people together, even the most challenging of situations can be overcome.

ConnectFutures was created to do just that: bring people together from all walks of life with the aim of building a better world for everyone.



DIVERSE THINKING DRIVES CHANGE

Our story

2012
ConnectJustice
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Founded by 5 directors (!) from a range of backgrounds, ConnectJustice (as it was known in 2012) was established as an ethical and values-driven social enterprise – based in sunny Birmingham UK but reaching out internationally  – with real influence and evidence-based delivery of socially driven projects. Our vision was to harness and combine the assets of community, youth, and practitioner experience, supported by knowledge and evidence from academic research.

After quitting our day jobs followed by years of working from kitchen tables and coffee shops, Zubeda and Laura, with the support of Lynn and our numerous amazing colleagues, friends and communities, built our vision into an organisation.

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2014
Training Partnership with St Giles Trust
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2015
We met Obama twice

First time was on The White House, second time at UN Security Council

2016
ConnectFutures CIC
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Fast forward to now, ConnectFutures CIC works with young people, communities and practitioners to build skills and confidence to navigate some of the most sensitive and contemporary challenges: exploitation, hate, extremism and disinformation. We use creative and educational methods to address these issues, build resilience and the capacity to stay safe, and for young people, to thrive through their transitions into adulthood.

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2021

Our first transnational research partnership funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme.

2023
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We combine insight, experience, and practice to develop and deliver programmes, mentoring and workshops underpinned by research to make lasting change.

Our courses and bespoke programmes can help prevent exploitation and hate by empowering people with knowledge and practical tools, and promoting positive personal and social change. 

We are proud that our work – which embraces the hyper-local contexts of our young people and communities and spans nationally across the UK, also drawing upon our international experience including work in Western Europe, The Balkans, Central, South and South East Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the US.

Y/OUR VALUES

Y/OUR BELIEF

You believe that when you bring people together, even the most challenging of situations can be overcome.

ConnectFutures was created to do just that: bring people together from all walks of life with the aim of making the world a better place for everyone.

Y/OUR VISION

A World United

You believe in giving everyone a voice. It’s about having a positive, engaging debate so we can empathise with one another. You help people build communities, so they can be optimistic about their futures and you help people build trust and feel safe in a society that’s constantly evolving. 

We aren’t going to solve everything on our own, its bigger than us but together we’ll create a better world for everyone

Y/OUR  APPROACH

A combination of science and creativity ConnectFutures uses a combination of research, training and storytelling to give people the resource and skills they need to drive change. You pride yourselves on taking often complex information and delivering it in an easy-to-understand and accessible way. Most of all, you believe in experimenting, trying new things and innovating, in order to solve difficult problems.

Y/OUR VALUES

We strive to make challenging subjects engaging and fun

We surround ourselves with passionate people

We collaborate with everyone within our ethical boundaries

We put innovation & creativity at the heart of everything we do

We want to make a positive difference to society in partnership with all communities

SERVING YOU: OUR TEAM

We believe in having a diverse team from a wide range of backgrounds.

They’ve experienced tough challenges and have the knowledge and insight to help others. We also work with a wider network of people who are helping us on our journey. We work with organisations of all sizes, both public and private including large international institutions such as the UN and OSCE.

Core team

Annemarie

Social Media and Communications

Carys

Head of Programmes and Impact

Craig

Project Manager and Senior Facilitator

Dr Laura Zahra McDonald

Founding Director

Jacob

Researcher, Programme Coordinator & Facilitator

Jordan

Senior Mentor and Facilitator

Malik

Lead Facilitator and Creative

Professor Lynn Davies

Director and Head of Research

Rebecca

Strategy Consultant

Savannah

Youth Engagement Officer

Si

Senior Mentor & Facilitator

Zubeda Limbada

Founding Director

ASSOCIATES

Alex

Associate Facilitator | Youth & Professionals

Ali

Associate | Neurodiversity

Cairo

Associate Facilitator | Youth & Professionals

Connor

Associate Facilitator | Youth & Professionals

Elise

Associate Facilitator | Youth & Professionals

Jacob

Associate Facilitator | Youth & Professionals

Karam

Associate | Difference, Disability and Neurodiversity

Sami

Associate | Marketing and Communications

Tristan

Associate Facilitator | Youth & Professionals

Yasin

Associate | Youth & Professionals

ADVISORY BOARD

Hashi Mohamed

Advisory Board

Njoki Yaxley

Advisory Board

Professor Diane Kemp

Advisory Board

Professor Gabe Mythen

Advisory Board

Will Lilley

Interim Chair & Advisory Board

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

Introducing our Youth Board soon!
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