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We’re thrilled to announce that Marksteen has been awarded the title of ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the 2019 Drum Social Purpose Awards. These awards recognise the companies, brands and individuals driving forward socially responsible marketing, brand purpose and a truer representation of society today.
Creating positive change is something that Marksteen has always been very passionate about and this award recognises his, and ASHA’s contribution to a wide range of projects and initiatives that have had a tangible effect on the way individuals, organisations and communities think and behave.
Much of the work ASHA does seeks to identify and shape change around the idea of social justice in society, challenging and encouraging clients to think beyond the bottom line to add value to their brands by creating value for society.
Projects that Marksteen has initiated include PEEL, which helps young people to explore their identity through creating poetry and photographs. This programme is now being adopted and run by several organisations, including Salvation Army and YMCA, across the UK as part of a drive towards better mental health and wellbeing.
“PEEL made me realise there are other things out there I could be doing that I’m actually quite good at, that I didn’t realise before. I think I’ve found my voice somewhere now and the confidence to do different things.”
“I didn’t even think I could write poetry. Then all of a sudden, I’m there writing it and realised I can actually do this.”
“What we managed to achieve on the weekend, I’ve never done in all my life. It gave me the opportunity to explore new things, get out my comfort zone and actually do some good”
In both his personal and professional life, Marksteen continues to be a constant agitator for positive social change. His study of a local drug addict in Cheltenham (Behold the Man) and the subsequent book and exhibition helped raise awareness around homelessness and addiction.
His photographic project on refugees in the Lebanon (The Stations) became part of the lobbying campaign helping to pass the Dubs Amendment through parliament, allowing the entry of an unspecified number of unaccompanied minors to the UK.