The People Speak is a group of international artists, cultural producers, science communicators and activists based in East London. We have 25 years’ expertise in helping people to understand each other and collectively process the complexity of the world.

Tools for the world to take over itself

We create fun, interactive participatory formats and interventions in the UK and abroad, where we articulate collective imagination, inform public decision-making and deepen connections between diverse groups of people. We employ multiple media, technologies, instant visualisation, sound effects and online elements in parallel to engage and stimulate diverse minds and push the boundaries of what a collaboration/conversation can be.

Our formats

Our creative practice has roots in familiar, televisual culture of  talk shows, game shows, sports-media spectacles and TV drama. Our flagship format Talkaoke is an interactive talk-show, where the participants decide on the subjects and together push the boundaries of what a conversation can be. We regularly train new practitioners,  young people and community leaders in the Talkaoke facilitation methods.

Some of our other live interactive formats include: One Night Grandstand – a kick-about fused with the excitement of a football stadium; Segue – a generative instant film-making factory; Who Wants To Be – a direct democracy game show; Pick of the Wick – an audio-visual portrait of Hackney Wick; The Inverse Apprentice – a participant-led creative entrepreneurship programme provoked by the TV show ‘The Apprentice’.

Some of our past collaborations

We have delivered projects in partnership with: most national cultural institutions and museums – British Council, Camden Arts Centre, all Tate Galleries, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Science Museum, V&A; universities and academic institutions – University College London, University of the Arts London, Goldsmiths, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University London, Ravensbourne, Natural History Museum, the Francis Crick Institute, King’s College; many UK festivals: LIFT, Shambala, The World Transformed, Supernormal; many social and youth charities, NHS trusts; and most London boroughs.

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