Below is a messy collection of the notes, scribbles, thoughts from the Organise With Others day on 13/01/2018
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How do we offend our guests?
Magda’s object: Ouiji Board
Made by students in workshop who got reprimanded for this by their teachers
Revealed layers of oppression normalised by the students
Set up spaces and situations to question norms, create spaces to talk, narrative mediation
Domestic settings soften institutional spaces
Food as a welcoming tool – questioning ideas of these spaces as elitist
Street food – difficulties of cultural appropriation, entry point for cultural exchange
Brexit increased hate generally – for anybody identifiably “different” – hyper visible and invisible at the same time
Spice and colonialism – columbus +cinnamon
UK accepts the food, but not the people
Unpicking whiteness/decolonising through food (stories)
National trust (built on sugar & slavery, no mention)
What are the plain polish traditions? Nothing comes purely from there. Migration!
How to use your (non-)political skills in a more political context
ESOL x political education
Package things in a non-scary way so that schools can invite you
Differences in how radical you can be in different stages: early years, primary, adult education
Secondary schools are such controlled and closed spaces
Impact of fees – from collective to individual, consumer student
Fear of the unsatisfied student
If you represent the institution, how can you still be openly critical, give support but also give way
Student body is more powerful than teachers, but they don’t know it
Let’s not fetishise radical 70s education experiments
What could be your support structures in political education?
Make it clear
Say it over and over and over again, until it sinks in
Domestic practices of resistance
What are your strategies for self-preservation? How to divest from (bad) money?
Thanks to Laura Gordon for all the note taking
Creating spaces to centre those who aren’t usually centred
How do we talk about refugees and migration in a way that casts this as a common human experience and doesn’t create more divisions
Refugee Week is in June 2017 – this year is the 20th anniversary
How and should we mainstream?
Games as an engaging way to access complex ideas
150,000 downloads of Corbyn run
EU referendum a wake-up call for the gaming industry: how can we contribute to change with the skills we have?
The person is not the problem. The problem is the problem.
Finding common goals
Calling in culture instead of calling out culture
Experiencing your emotional responses without becoming consumed by them
Change talk – ask leading questions
Choosing your battles
Not necessary consensus
projects where differences can coexist
People stop listening when you lecture, advice, propose logic, accuse, throw facts around
“all organising is sci-fi” Octavia Butler
How can we not replicate what we are doing already in the sci-fi worlds?
Student movements against austerity/fee rise – what happened to these energies?
Strategies for self-preservation?
Labour: The World Transformed
Write cultural policy for labour
Womens budget group
What makes a space a political space ? political art as a method not a content
Get in touch with a party – and let them know that political art is NOT JUST GREYSON PERRY
Care 4 calais
The moment we shut up we are lost
Be clearer and more explicit about why you work how you work
We need more accidental politicians
Practice, don’t tell
Erasmus and culture until 2020
How you get across a message without sounding like a dick?
Privilege of race & job
one year on – who is no longer here? What organisations/groups have folded?
waves of politics
rehearsals for change