I work in digital media. (It's vague, I know)
Hello! I'm Taha - I wear many hats, figuratively and literally. I am a consultant, producer, strategist, comedian and filmmaker. I study political science, philosophy, and economics and work to develop and shape meaningful digital media messaging.
I believe in using interdisciplinary approaches to capture modern audiences. From political science & data analytics to filmmaking & comedy, using multilateral interests to develop novel ideas is what distinguishes consequential strategy and content online.
I spend a little too much time on Twitter, @khanstopme, which is known for comedic insights into politics, current events, and culture.
Skills and Interests
Online Content with High Engagement
The online world can be an invaluable tool for broadcasting a message you believe in. I am fascinated by the mix of qualitative and quantitative elements of developing methods to increase interest around content. With monthly Twitter engagement over 400 times the followers, 25% engagement on Instagram posts and 30-60% engagement in the first week of YouTube uploads, I believe in cultivating engaged communities around quality content.
Encouraging Political and Economic Literacy
Young people can be a formidable section of the electorate given adequate political & economic education. I believe in developing initiatives to make politics accessible to younger demographics. I have worked with Gina Miller's "Best For Britain" campaign to encourage youth turnout. Additionally, I have collaborated with Ebury to promote D'Ancona's book Post Truth to engage young people in modern day politics.
Projects and Experience
CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION INTERN - FLYING OBJECT
Flying Object is a creative agency focused on social and digital video, and particularly on YouTube, who are their biggest client. They were responsible for projects such as YouTube’s #MoreThanARefugee, A-Z of YouTube and the British Council’s Mix the City.
As the Creative and Production Intern, I developed and shaped messaging and strategy for 2018’s YouTube component of the Stand Up To Cancer livestream to accompany the Channel 4 show in addition to working on other projects for clients such as Google, DCM and the British Council.
Panels Coordinator - Summer in the City 2017 - 2018
Summer in the City is the UK’s largest YouTube and online video festival, with over 200 featured creators and over 11,000 attendees.
As Panels Coordinator, I was responsible for assembling panel line-ups for a variety of topics. This required an understanding of not only the industry, but how to configure panellists to create interesting conversations. Additionally, I was involved in handling invitations, registration, and communications with panellists.
I pride myself in increasing the representation of diverse voices and conversations around social issues such as ethnicity, LGBTQ+ and women online. 2017 saw the debut of panels for discussing being a black woman online and disabilities online.
#CreatorsforChange Fellow - Youtube
YouTube Creators for Change is a global initiative that incubates content with creators who are tackling social issues and promoting awareness, tolerance, and empathy on their YouTube channels.
As a Creators for Change Fellow, I am creating meaningful content tackling these social issues and promoting tolerance in creative ways. I am currently in producing video series with a political comedy focus.
Consultancy and Speaking - Various
From what I've learned about creating engagement on content online, I have done consultancy work with charities, non-profits and YouTubers for campaigns designed to increase engagement. These have varied from a Patreon launch to developing an online presence for a charity with more traditional outreach methods.
Additionally, I have moderated panels and workshops from topics related to social relationships in the online world, race and ethnicity, advertising strategy, and monetisation.
Khanstopme - Youtube Channel
KHANSTOPME is my personal YouTube channel where I create content on the intersection between education, critical thinking and comedy.
I use the channel to experiment with ideas and formats. I have used the KHANSTOPME project to gain practical experience on running and maintaining an online brand.
Radio Show - RAW.FM
I hosted and produced a weekly radio show that covered three topics from the British news with a new guest every week. The aim was to have nuanced conversations that does away with the political jargon that alienates young people from the dialogue. We aimed to bring in guests from backgrounds outside of social science, from music to chemistry, to prevent insular discussions.
Featured Creator - Buffer Film Festival 2017
I was invited to screen my short film, Dave is a Racist, at Buffer Film Festival 2017. My goal was to create a comedic stop motion film that gives commentary on radicalisation in the current political climate. I aimed to deconstruct a complex issue to its most simplest form, allowing the audience to draw the lines between the dots