Jared Knoll is a Storyteller for Social Change, working with experts, artists and people with lived experience to amplify the voices of the vulnerable through evidence-based, human-centric stories. He gingerly accepts the label of “creative-type“, but is even more drawn to roles as an instructor or facilitator for learning, and providing others with tools to tell their own stories. Jared currently and passionately serves as the Communications Coordinator for Upstream, a national Canadian non-profit that brings the realities of inequality and injustice into the universal frame of health. He’s also a multimedia developer and journalist, a humanitarian communications consultant, the founder of a writer’s co-op, and a former/future trainer of human rights law and rights-focused media in deeply-impoverished and conflict-affected regions.
Jared covers, teaches and deals with issues of human rights violations and protections; inequalities and their long-term impacts; the source causes of sickness and health; the power of information to improve lives and societies; vigilance against disinformation and propaganda; corruption and the transparencies that it cannot abide; genocidal processes and their prevention; violent conflict and its transformation; discrimination and the awareness of it; justice, injustice, and the pursuit of peace.
Jared was pulled to these endeavours by Voltairian guilt when he was an alarmingly strange little boy, and sustained by a gradual understanding that the spread of honest, accurate information can be a powerful vehicle for justice and peace. (And equally, that vigilance for disinformation can be the best shield against injustice, inequality and subjugation). He is a global citizen, man of science, linguophile, feminist, enrapt observer, lifelong student, whiskey connoisseur and incessant ponderer of philosophical conundrums. Jared spends his spare time trying to master the culinary arts, new languages and the upright bass, and sometimes works as a nutritionist, personal trainer, musician and entertainment host.
Or, contact him using the form below.