how do we smash poverty stigma in society?

As a society we have a huge obsession with money and materialism and yet there are so many other things that make us up. The same way that we are not defined by our race or if we have disabilities, we should not be defined by how much money we have.

So we thought, in order to switch up the poverty stigma, we need to start asking different questions.
— Workshop group – smash the poverty stigma in society

The alternative census

Working with Project Twist-It and supported by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ThinkNation rolled out a 10-month project that saw us work with young people from across the UK in creating films and performances.

At a unique day-long event, on Saturday 8 December 2018, young people worked with mentors to create solutions to smash the poverty stigma live on stage.

This Alternative Census is part of the response from the workshop group: How do we smash the poverty stigma in society?

TAKE PART! Check out the Alternative Census below. (We’re putting together a downloadable version of the census – coming soon!)

The alternative census

it’s not all about the money

Do you like your hair today?
Do you believe in something larger than yourself?
Do you sing in the shower?
Do you like to dance?
Have you ever felt lonely at a party?
Have you ever been in love?
Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt ugly?
Has music ever made you feel vulnerable?
Have you ever felt inferior?
Has someone complimented you today?
Do you think it's important to tell a different story about poverty? What do you think of Project Twist-It? Anything else?