The Next Revolution has three key aims:
1. Cycle at least 10,000km over three continents.
2. Raise at least £50,000 for charity.
3. Engage students with global issues and connect classrooms throughout the world.
Setting off in September 2015 Stuart Block plans to cycle to China on Thandie (his tandem from the first trip) following ancient and new ‘silk roads’ with his girlfriend and fellow teacher, Claire Le Hur. Keeping the back seat of the tandem free for those they meet en route, Claire will be riding a bamboo bike, built by an African social enterprise which Stuart helped to set up during his original trip. After a short European 'warm up' they will start their journey in East Africa. They will follow the journey of key natural resources used in smartphones, such as Copper and Gold, along their supply chains to resource- hungry Asia, in particular China.
Using smartphones to record the adventure, partnering with Fairphone (a mobile phone company which puts social values first), they hope to explore the shifting balance of power in the world economy, and other geographical, historical and linguistic themes in an educational project aimed at students worldwide. In partnership with Tutor2U, one of the world’s leading educational websites, and working with the British Council’s connecting classrooms programme, they will produce blogs, videos, skype lessons and other educational resources examining themes that have helped shape economic development over the centuries, including trade, technology and education.
Watch this short video for a quick introduction:
Please see the attached PDFs and press release for more information: