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Greta Thunberg and the activism for neurodiversity | The movie and the debate (September 11th)
Publisher: Paulina Ołtusek
30.08.2021

We would like to invite you to the movie projection I am Greta and discussion panel dedicated to neurodiversity, which will be held on September 11th at 1 p.m. at the Luna cinema in Warsaw as part of the 18th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival.

Greta Thunberg is known as a climate activist, an initiator of the Youth Climate Strike and a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. So why should the discussion of Greta Thunberg’s activities focus on mental health? In addition to the effects of climate change causing anxiety and depression, it is well known that Thunberg has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD and selective mutism. While the main discussion around it is rightly about climate change, the discourse on neurodiversity – a new concept that emphasizes the value of unconventional minds – comes into play more and more. After all, it is the radical focus on the goal and crossing the boundaries of convention and breaking the rules, often treated as atypical social deficits, are the features that allowed Greta to become the leader of an entire generation. As a society, we must ask ourselves what to do to better support such unconventional minds.

Panelists:

Joanna Erbel – a self-spokeswoman in the autism spectrum, a sociologist, a municipal activist, a housing expert. She is a founder of Blisko Foundation (English: Near Foundation), which is involved in supporting local activities and creating knowledge about housing innovations. She’s an author of the book ‘Outside of property. Towards a successful housing policy’ (pol. „Poza własnością. W stronę udanej polityki mieszkaniowej”). A co-worker of a/typowi (English: a/typical), the foundation for neurodiversity.

Mateusz Płatos – a psychologist, a PhD in social sciences, a researcher and a lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw, a vice-chairman of the Association of Social Innovations ‘Mary and Max’. He conducts research on the functioning of people on the autism spectrum in close relationships, supporting this group with modern methods, as well as on social aspects of neurodiversity.

Host:

Edwin Bendyk – a journalist, a publicist and a writer, a commentator in the weekly ‘Polityka’. An academic lecturer. A member of Polish PEN-Club. The CEO of Stefan Batory Foundation. He runs the blog ‘Antymatrix’. He has recently published the book ‘In Poland that is everywhere. A thing about the fall and future of the world (Polish: „W Polsce, czyli wszędzie. Rzecz o upadku i przyszłości świata”).

Tickets are available on the website of the Luna cinema and at the ticket offices.

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