The present director of change.org, Kajal is passionate about the ability of individuals (rather than politicians) to change their world, from the smallest local initiatives to huge global campaigns. Through her work Kajal has supported some of the biggest campaigns in the UK, from Laura Coryton's campaign to end the tampon tax to Richard Ratcliffe's fight to free his wife Nasanin from prison in Iran. As the director of the country's largest petition platform she speaks regularly as a campaigns expert, from giving presentations at Cambridge University to running workshops with women in India. In her recent Ted Talk she discusses some of the motivations that drive her.
Kajal is a second generation immigrant who grew up witnessing racial abuse. Following an English degree at Loughborough University and an MA in Creative and Life writing she determined to devote her life to giving a voice to those who feel they have none. She worked in the UK Youth Parliament; on Channel 4's Youth Project Battlefront and at Crisis before moving to Change.org. In March 2018 she was named Stylist's Woman of the Week for her work in campaigning. After a hotly contested auction her first book, DO SOMETHING: Activism for Everyone, was published in 2019.
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This is your may day book, if you want to start your own may day resistance, buy Do Something.’ – Deborah Frances White, host of The Guilty Feminist podcast
‘An indispensable manual for budding activists by one of the country’s most effective campaigners.’ – Cathy Newman, Journalist and presenter
‘Kajal Odedra’s energetic book is vital for anyone wondering how to map their own campaign. This seasoned change-maker breaks activism down into bite-size pieces with plenty of practical advice. By the time you finish it you’ll be wondering why you waited so long to Do Something!’ – Sophie Walker, founding leader of the Women's Equality Party
‘Tired of complaining but don't know what to do? This beautifully written book will not only inspire you but give you a step by step guide on creating positive change.’ Magid Magid, Politician and Activist
‘Cogs whirring, dominos falling, the digital revolution is changing how we campaign and broadening who can be involved. Do Something is a brilliant read, both inspiring and practical.’ Hilary Cottam, author of Radical Help: how we can remake the relationships between us and revolutionise the Welfare State