Active Solidarity and Intersectional Organising

25 March to 1 April 2023

Strengthening and interconnecting transformative social movements

We hear a lot about struggles with fragmentation within our movements and about the desire to make them more diverse, inclusive, and empowering. Some of the challenges involved are those of not reproducing forms of oppression, such as racism, patriarchy, or ableism within our movements themselves. This training aims to help us explore these challenges and to develop practices and strategies to build diverse movements capable of embodying active solidarity, and mutual empowerment. 


We often bring our individual perspectives of power and the privilege we bear into our groups and organisational dynamics. We also need to think about them at a movement level and in building alliances and wider forms of collaboration. This training will create a reflective space in which we can explore the challenges this involves and begin to design and develop approaches for responding to them. 

There are no ready-made recipes for practising solidarity and intersectional organising, therefore the training will be designed in a way that allows for deep reflection, identifying challenges and unhelpful organising patterns and will support participants in developing their capacity to respond to challenges and transform movement building cultures in ways that feel most empowering in the local context and with the communities involved. We want to collectively create a courageous space so that we can step out of our comfort zones and enable critical reflection on movement practices and cultures, starting on a personal level and moving to movement level. 

We will explore how organising rooted in active and intentional solidarity can make our movements stronger and more resilient (rather than fragmented) and how we can practise intersectionality from a place of value alignment and vision for justice and joy rather than a fear of making mistakes, shame and blame. 

The training assumes a basic literacy with power and privilege themes. We will cover a basic introduction to create common ground but we want to move beyond the basic level analysis and knowledge. 

Key topics will include:

  • Deepening our understanding of power and privilege and how they play out in movement building
  • Applying a skill sets framework to movement building, diagnosing and analysing problems
  • Going beyond ‘intersectionality’ as a buzzword
  • Designing strategic approaches  that go beyond inclusion
  • Problematising the notion of allyship and solidarity
  • Working on case studies to help us identify and analyse root causes of fragmentation and reproduction of oppression within social movements
  • Strengthening the ability to act and strategize in ways that are most aligned with values rooted in solidarity
Suggested Contribution
In the solidarity economy: €400/€700/€1000
(see the details of our approach to Solidarity Economics for details)

The Team

Our Name

Ulex: Latin (argelaga Catalan, gorse English) noun:

1. A thorny-evergreen flowering shrub, with a high capacity for regeneration and resilience. Its seedpods open in contact with fire and it reshoots from charred stumps. A successionary plant that grows well under challenging conditions. It improves soil fertility through nitrogen fixing, preparing the way for renewed biodiversity.

2. A traditional choice for igniting fires. Burns hot and bright.

3. A networked project adding nutrition and fertility to European social movements through training and capacity building. It kindles the realisation of social justice, ecological intelligence, and cognitive vitality.