VegfestUK welcomes on board the dynamic and highly achieving Animal Rights activist Dobrusia Gogloza (née Karbowiak) from Poland at our inaugural People’s Vegan Activists Summit at VegfestUK London this October.
She is also a co-founder and coordinator of the Network For Eastern European Animal Rights - an association of organisations with a goal to facilitate the growth of animal rights activism in this area.
Dobrusia frequently speaks at animal rights events in Poland and abroad, consults various organisations on the issues of volunteer management and fundraising, and organises trainings for activists. Here’s a video from a joint talk by Dobrusia and fellow activist Aivars Andersons at the Animal Rights Conference in Luxemburg in 2014, on their work for the Network for Eastern European Animal Rights:
Dobrusia is a great example of a highly achieving dynamic young activist in a country that is seeing a remarkable shift toward the vegan lifestyle. With an estimated half a million vegans in Poland, that’s the same as the estimated half a million veggies. Compare that with the UK, where we are seeing around a million vegans, and 7 million veggies. With around 40 million people in Poland, this means that 1.25% are vegan and 1.25% are veggie. With 65 million in the UK, the percentages are 1.54% vegan and 10.78% veggie. We are very interested in the work that Dobrusia and others are doing in Poland right now and very much value her presence at our first ever People’s Vegan Activists Summit, and are sure that Dobrusia will help inspire many others to do the same..
By her own admission, Dobrusia and her fellow activists started as a group of friends without knowing much about running an organisation. Over one year later they became one of the most active and widely recognised NGO’s in the country with local groups in all 10 biggest cities of Poland. It was a hard journey and she would like to show what they have learned on the way.
- the mistakes they have made and possible ways to overcome them,
- recruitment techniques that they consider effective,
- motivation tips to help everyone do their best,
- some thoughts on decision-making process that can empower all activists,
- what many teachers know about people, that many activists don’t.
Dobrusia strongly believes that a cohesive group is more than a sum of its parts. Animal rights is a long term goal and therefore we need to strive to make our groups last.
Dobrusia will be joined at London by a number of other prominent figures in Animal Rights, including renowned scholar and speaker Prof. Gary L. Francione, author and speaker Dr. Melanie Joy, activist and blogger Tobias Leenaert, scholar Kim Stallwood, activist Ronnie Lee, author and presenter Victoria Moran, activist and business coach Katrina Fox, plus others TBC very soon. The Activists Summit features keynote speeches, lectures, workshops/discussions/debates as well as documentaries for visitors to gain an insight into animal ethics and effective vegan advocacy.
The education on Vegan Activism at VegfestUK London is nicely augmented by a huge collection of food and shopping from 200 stalls and 14 caterers loaded with vegan products, entertainment from Comedy Hours and Music, family fun in the Kids Area, health education from the People’s Vegan Health Summit on the Saturday, plus insights into holistic health from the LifeWell SuperHub, cookery tips from Cookery Demos and the Living Raw Zone, on top of other Talks, a Teen VGN Zone for teenage veggies/vegans to connect as well as a Mature Zone for those in their advanced years.
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