We develop and curate high quality training for activists and organisations. We take an integral approach – looking for systemic responses to systemic challenges. We deepen reflection and strengthen connections for personal and collective empowerment.
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This course draws on our longer Ecology of Social Movements Training - redesigning it as a week-long course. It is a training for experienced activists and organisers involved in movement level thinking and practice. Participants will engage in deep analysis of their own movement practice and ecology. They will gain skills and understanding to make their activism and organising more powerful and transformative.
In recent years municipalism has become a sphere of political initiative where radical and progressive movements have found inspiring pathways to institutional power. During the same period, we've seen a growing engagement amongst movement activists with the methods and practices of community organising. There are points of connection and points of divergence between these approaches. This training will be designed as an inquiry into the potential and the challenges found at the intersection of these approaches. We'll be exploring the creative tensions at the intersection between the 'inside game' and the 'outside game', from a social movement perspective.
Resilience is all about connection: Deeper connection with our self, deeper connections with each other, and deeper connection with nature. Today we face immense challenges – social, ecological and political. We can be daunted by the scale and extent of the problems. We can feel overwhelmed and undermined. Where can we find the resilience and strength needed to meet them?
Change is multi-layered. The social field, our organisational cultures, and the individuals within them arise in mutual dependence upon each other. Integral Activist Training supports integrated transformation on all of these levels. Integral Activist Training builds this awarenss into the way we do activist education.
A range of tools, collective and personal, which can make our activism more effective and sustainable. They can help us avoid burnout and add continuity to our movement building. A ‘regenerative’ approach goes beyond sustainability to explore how we can organise in ways that actually renew or revitalize our own resources and those of our groups – this can help us stay inspired, nourished, & more creative in our tactical approach.
Theatre of the Oppressed is a potent tool in the facilitation of group work, community empowerment, and the holding of liberatory conversations. This training will enable you to explore the forms and tools, get skilled-up and confident in applying them, and to share them with others.