4th to 6th February 2022
“In the name of the Zapatista women, children, men, old people and, of course, others, I declare that the name of this land, which its natives now call “Europe,” will from here on be called SLUMIL K´AJXEMK´OP, which means “Insurgent Land” or “Land that does not give up, that does not faint.” And that is how it will be known by its own and other people as long as there is someone here who does not surrender, does not sell out and does not submit.”
Stories are hugely important in shaping the reality we live in and determining where we are going and as such have been used by the people in power to dominate the people by only telling the 'stories from above' and erasing the 'stories from below'.
So many of us from younger generations in Europe wants to escape from the places we have come from and find it almost impossible to imagine this continent as being able to have a positive impact in the world. Having grown up with the stories of ‘Europe from above’ which only tell of the oppression and violence of the elites, we have been denied the stories of the ‘Europe from below’ - the radical stories of those who have resisted for centuries.
We believe that building people's movements needs the people's stories and with this workshop we want to support the building of a learning community around how we can work with and learn from these radical lands and legacies in our social movement organising. We are not aiming to replace one monoculture with another through telling a single story, but to learn together from our combined experiences of how we practically work with a multitude of stories from our different backgrounds.
Another big reason why we are organising this is to make space to figure these things out collectively, and hope you will want to join us on this journey of co-creation and experimentation.
Sharing our lived experiences of embedding lands and legacies in social movement building
Exploring practical ways of how we can place our social movements within the radical legacies of the lands we inhabit
Inviting people into an ongoing learning community which is experimenting with practices and theories together
This workshop will be open for people between 18-30 who are involved with organising and social movement building
We are organising this on a pay-what-you-can basis, if you or your group are able to contribute financially then please do
We are raising money through crowdfunding to fund space hire, food, materials and hopefully some travel expenses from participants, do share our crowdfunder through your networks to help us achieve this:
We will host an introductory zoom call before the first weekend workshop to introduce ourselves and more details about the content of the weekend workshop and preparatory work, and to confirm who will be participating in the weekend workshop
We are organising accomodation and food during the weekend workshop in Stroud, but please bring sleeping bag and roll mat if you have, we should have some spare if not
We will start the weekend workshop on the evening of Friday the 4th and finish on the afternoon on Sunday the 6th February, if you will need to arrive or leave earlier or later then let us know
We will facilitate a regular online conversation for the following 5-6 months to share ongoing learning experiences
We will aim to organise another in-person workshop in the summer of 2022 to bring it all back together
We will reserve some spaces for people from the Stroud and Gloucestershire area to make sure we are properly embedded here, but the workshop is open for participants from all places
We will keep an eye on how the pandemic develops closer to the time of the weekend workshop and do what we can to protect peoples health and take the risks of the pandemic seriously, and will ask participants to do the same
We are more than happy to answer any questions or chat about anything surrounding the workshop, so please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for the workshop here: LINK TO FORM
“History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day, it is also a compass people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they have been, what they have been, where they are and what they are.”
- John Henric Clarke -