Saturday 18th April to Sunday 19th April, 2020 Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA

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Mama D Workshops

The third in a series of annual gatherings exploring activism for radical transformation.

Speakers & Participants (more speakers to be confirmed):

Guhyapati, Ulex Project
Ann Pettifor, The Green New Deal
Mama D Ujuaje, Community Centred Knowledge
Shaun Chamberlin, Dark Optimism
Toni Spencer, Deep Adaptation
Alex Evans, The Collective Psychology Project
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, New Economy Organisers Network (NEON)
Shivali Fulchand, The BMJ & The Bhumi Project
Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
Fran Boait, Positive Money & Labour Party
Lorenzo Marsili, European Alternatives
Maria Llanos del Corral, La Bolina
Elena Blackmore, Public Interest Research Council (PIRC)
Paul Powlesland, Barrister & Lawyers for Nature
Bayo Akomolafe (by Skype)


We’re living at a critical moment which contains both great peril and promise. The challenges we face are simultaneously socio-political, cultural and spiritual. It is a historical point of disruption demanding radical transformation. To meet this crisis, we need strategies for deep change on multiple levels.

The fierce urgency of the climate crisis, combined with the twilight of neoliberalism, impoverished political leadership, and an increasing sense of distributive injustice, are the cracks out of which something new must emerge.

Deep Change brings together activists, doers and thinkers, who are trying to get under the surface of this crisis, people who are asking deeper questions and constructing deeper responses.

Although we can see that “the old is dying and the new cannot be born,” the contest for our future is very much alive. But do we have the depth of analysis we need? Can we strategise effectively amidst such complexity? Can we find the deeper resources we need to face the steep climb or descent ahead? How can we realise the deep shifts in both socio-political structure and in consciousness that this crisis asks for?

The patterns and symptoms are clear enough: The once looming collision with non-negotiable ecological limits is now here; the previously indomitable expansion of neoliberalism has stalled; the confluence of post-democracy and big data threatens a shocking political impotence; nationalist populism turns against international solidarity. These are symptoms of a profound dysfunctionality.

Beneath the symptoms lie the mutually interdependent conditions of socio-economic structures, needs, mindsets and world-views - that together entrench the failing system. The deep change we need involves transformative strategies that address both structure and consciousness.

We’ll bring together people immersed in tackling the climate crisis, activists working on radical alternatives and pragmatic responses, and those creating new stories for deep cultural regeneration. We’ll look for new understanding at the intersection between hard political realities and paradigm shifting insights. We’ll seek to go beyond radical critique to find pathways for radically transformative action.

SATURDAY 18th APRIL - CONFERENCE DAY OF TALKS, PANELS, DISCUSSIONS

SCHEDULE, 9.30am to 7pm

Talks, Discussion Groups, Panels and Dialogues on Embodying Transformative Paradigms:

  • The Post-Capitalist Imagination
  • Building Movements for Transformation
  • Overwhelm and flourishing amidst breakdown
  • The Rights of Nature
  • Climate Justice
  • Decolonisation
  • Diversity and Fragmentation: Pluralistic movement building
  • Narrative and Story Based Strategy
  • Deep Reframing Beyond Anthropocentrism

  • And more!!

Lunch included for everyone
Doors open at 9am

SUNDAY 19th APRIL - DAY OF WORKSHOPS, GROUP PROCESS & GOING DEEPER

SCHEDULE , 10am to 8pm

Talks, Workshops and Discussion Groups on Inner Resilience & Flourishing Amidst Breakdown:

  • Resilience
  • Dealing with Despair and Grief
  • The Mythic & Dreaming with the Land
  • Decolonisation
  • Working with Naure & Practice
  • Moving Beyond Anthropocentrism

  • And more!!

Pot-Luck Lunch

PARTICIPANTS:

Gee, Ulex Project
A hub of collaboration, the Ulex Project is run by Col·lectiu Eco-Actiu, a non-profit involved in the design and delivery of residential trainings since 2008. Ulex Project believe that connectivity is a key to cognitive vitality and learning. Diversity is crucial to resilience and adaptive capacity. We live at a time where social and ecological challenges require a shift from atomised individualism to networks of solidarity. It implies a new collectivity which still honours individuality. It requires cooperation balanced with autonomy. Ulex thrives on connectivity and seeks to be a reference for value based collaboration. Ulex establish partnerships with organisations across Europe and internationally. They bring diverse groups and individuals together in learning communities. They support organisations, groups, and individuals to foster collaborations, build networks, share experience, and deepen movement resilience through meaningful connection.

Mama D Ujuaje, Community Centred Knowledge
Mama D is a natural and life-long learning facilitator through plant whispering and embracing the mysteries of the primordial. As a life-journey guide, Mama D works towards encouraging people of all descriptions to embrace agency in affirmatively reshaping our shared environments. She encourages considerate, mind-and-body-full and wholistic living through the use of a range of enjoyable, reflective, engaging and sometimes disruptive experiences. Transformation, Mama D feels, requires at least momentary detachment! Mama D is a Food and other Social Justices advocate and organiser, writer and mediator who works at soil-soul level where the grass roots are to be found. She supports the navigation of our relationships within the context of the ordinary extraordinary and using the me-ness of us-ness to bring Ubuntu irrationalities into our exchanges. She loved you before we came here and will after we are long gone.

Ann Pettifor
Ann Pettifor is a political economist, author and public speaker. Her books include The Case for the Green New Deal, The Production of Money, The Real World Economic Outlook (where she predicted an Anglo-American debt-deflationary crisis), and The Coming First World Debt Crisis. Ann is known for her work on sovereign debt and the international financial architecture. She led a campaign, Jubilee 2000, which as part of an international movement resulted ultimately in the cancellation of approximately $100 billion of debt owed by the poorest countries; and in the clearance by the Nigerian government of $30 billion of debt in 2005. Ann is Director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics) a network of economists that promote Keynes’s monetary theory and policies, and that focus on the role of the finance sector in the economy. They believe that conventional or ‘mainstream’ economic theory has proved of almost no relevance to the ongoing and chronic failure of the global economy and to the gravest threat facing us all: climate change.

Shaun Chamberlin
Shaun is dedicated to exploring the dominant cultural stories that chart the course for our society and, in particular, how we might change direction before we end up where we are headed. His efforts have been covered across UK and international press. Shaun is managing director of the Fleming Policy Centre, and has been involved with the Transition Network since its inception. His proudest achievement is posthumously publishing David Fleming’s award-winning Lean Logic and Surviving the Future. Shaun has served as chair of the Ecological Land Co-operative, a director of Global Justice Now, Chelsea Green Publishing’s commissioning editor and an advisor to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, as well as co-authoring the All Party Parliamentary report into carbon rationing. Shaun has delivered presentations at venues ranging from community groups to the UK and Scottish Parliaments and the European Commission. His writing is published by magazines, online platforms, academic publications and peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited or contributed chapters to a diverse collection of books.

Toni Spencer
Toni Spencer works with questions of deep ecology, resilience and ‘a politics of wonder’. She designs and facilitates learning journeys for change agents, informed by the understanding that “we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for”. She creates spaces where grit, grief, messiness, and laughter are welcome, where innovation and wisdom can emerge, and essential un-learning can happen. As a lecturer and course leader Toni has taught on the faculty of Schumacher College and at Goldsmiths, University of London. As a participatory artist she has worked with Encounters Arts and The Feral Kitchen, also taking ‘The Work That Reconnects’ to activist communities at Occupy London and elsewhere. She is a Trustee at ProcessworkUK and was on the Embercombe Council for 8 years. Toni is a mentor and teacher for Call of The Wild with Wildwise and Schumacher and is helping develop further courses at the college on themes of sacred activism.

Fran Boait
Fran is standing to become the next Labour MP for Gloucester. As Executive Director of Positive Money, Fran has led the UK and international expansion of Positive Money, a non-profit think tank, which campaigns for systemic change of the money and banking system to support a fair, sustainable, and democratic economy. Positive Money Europe launched in 2018, and Positive Money US will hopefully be set up in 2020. Committed to wider financial reform, she is also a Director of Finance Watch, a Senior Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab, and an Advisor to Transparency Taskforce. Fran was also recognised as one of the most ‘Inspirational Women in the City’ 2017 by Brummell Magazine. Fran has an MSci and PhD from Cambridge University in Geophysics. Fran has also worked at various international organisations including the UN, Greenpeace, and BP.

Alex Evans
Alex Evans is the author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? (Penguin, 2017), a book about the power of deep stories to overcome political polarisation and unlock systemic social and political change. Until March 2018, he was a Campaign Director at Avaaz, the 47 million member global citizens’ movement, where he spent most of his time running its Brexit campaign and also ran work on tax havens, and human rights. Alex has previously been a special adviser to two UK Cabinet ministers, a policy expert in the UN Secretary-General’s office, and a research fellow for organisations from the Brookings Institution to the US National Intelligence Council. He recently founded the Collective Psychology Project

Shivali Fulchand
Shivali is a junior doctor and has taken a year out of clinical practice after selection for a national medical leadership fellowship. She is based as an editor at The BMJ and one of her key responsibilities is to co-ordinate the ‘Year of Climate Change’. Within her faith community, Shivali works to engage youth members with environmental issues. She is also the London Project Co-ordinator of ‘The Bhumi Project’, a global platform representing the Hindu voice on environmental issues.

Lorenzo Marsili
Lorenzo Marsili is a writer, political activist, and the founder of international NGO European Alternatives. He is co-president of the European Media Initiative, an international campaign demanding better protection for media freedom at European level. Together with Yanis Varoufakis he is one of the initiators of DiEM25. His latest books is called Citizens of Nowhere: How to Save Europe from Itself.

Maria Llanos del Corral
María is a social psychologist with an MA in International Cooperation. She worked in this field for 8 years with the Red Cross in Peru, Malawi, Niger and Spain in the fields of community development, economic development, strengthening civil society and education. María shifted into being an organisational change consultant and facilitator after a Masters in “Economics for Transition” at Schumacher College, where she realised the importance of shifting the paradigm from where we act in the world in order to co-create a sustainable future. She is a specialist in applying complex living systems theory and collaborative methodologies focusing on leadership, values, culture creation and the structures and methodologies needed in our organisations to better understand and thrive within the complex, changeable and uncertain reality we live in. Some of her published work includes: Collaborative tools for Social Organisations and Activism and Spirituality.

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith , New Economy Organisers Network (NEON)
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is a Senior Training Organiser at the New Economy Organisers Network, and lead on designing and developing the Movement Builders course. She’s also the co-founder of KIN – a UK wide network for black activists, educators and campaigners. She has previously worked on political strategy and campaigns with Compass, on peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine with the Oxford Research Group, and coordinated campaigns and project around migration. Ayeisha is a black feminist committed to thinking through what it takes to build resilient, effective social movements to make change happen and centres anti-oppression, decoloniality and intersectionality in her approach to training. She also teaches a Basic Beyonce dance class – all levels welcome!

Sheila Menon
Bio to come soon

Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
As Director of Global Justice Now, Nick manages the staff team and resources on behalf of Global Justice Now’s members. He is also the public face of the organisation. Nick started his career at War on Want where he became a senior campaigner. He went on to be corporates campaign manager at Amnesty International UK. As director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign, he built strong relationships with campaigners in the global south. He helped win a new law to stop Vulture Funds from using UK courts to squeeze huge debt payments out of poor countries. Nick joined Global Justice Now in September 2013.

Elena Blackmore, Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC)
Elena is currently leading the Framing LGBTI Equality project; before that she was involved in a number of our previous publications, including Common Cause for Nature, Valuing Equality, the Common Cause Handbook and Building Bridges (on the framing of human rights in the UK). She is most interested in how our cultural stories shape oppression and the ways we interact with each other and the natural world. Her background’s in Psychology and International Development.

Paul Powlesland
Bio to come soon.

Bayo Akomolafe (by Skype)
A renegade academic, lecturer, speaker, and proud diaper-changer, Bayo Akomolafe curates an earth-wide organisation (The Emergence Network) to respond to civilisational crisis - a project framed within a feminist ethos and inspired by indigenous cosmologies. In short, Bayo has given up his longing for the “end-time” and is learning to live in the “mean time”. In the middle, where we must live with confusion and make do with partial answers. He speaks and teaches about his experiences around the world, and then returns to his adopted home in Chennai, India. Bayo has authored two books, We Will Tell Our Own Story! and These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home.

Gita Parihar, Campaigns Consultant
Gita was Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth until July 2016 and has spent 12 years working with and for campaigning organisations, using her skills as a solicitor to bring environmental cases and advise at international negotiations on issues like climate change. This gives her a deep familiarity with the rewards and challenges of environmental activism. Alongside her legal work, Gita is passionate about exploring approaches to saving the planet that sustain us as human beings. Gita is a trustee of the UKYCC and the Climate Justice Fund and currently studying for an MA in Spirituality and Ecology at Schumacher college.

Ruby Reed & Christabel Reed, Advaya Initiative
Advaya Initiative is an alternative think-tank seeking solutions to the interconnected crises of environmental destruction and mental health. We see the crises we are faced with today as a call to radical action: an opportunity to evolve, to come together and co-create. We inspire and empower young people and change makers to become activists for a better world, addressing narratives of disempowerment and exploring how to lead authentic lives in harmony with nature. We seek transformation at an individual and collective level while cultivating purposeful lives of connection and belonging.

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Ulex Project #

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Shaun Chamberlin #

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Toni Spencer #

Toni Spencer works with questions of deep ecology, resilience and ‘a politics of wonder’.

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Alex Evans #

Alex Evans is the author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? (Penguin, 2017), a book about the power of deep stories to overcome political polarisation and unlock systemic social and political change.

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Bayo Akomolafe #

Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) is Chief Curator and Executive Director of The Emergence Network.

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Elena Blackmore #

Elena is currently leading the Framing LGBTI Equality project at Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC)

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Global Justice Now - Nick Dearden #

GJN is a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world.

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Maria Llanos del Corral #

Maria is a specialist in applying complex living systems theory in our organisations to better understand and thrive within the complex, changeable and uncertain reality we live in.

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) #

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Lorenzo Marsili #

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Fran Boait #

Fran is standing to become the next Labour MP for Gloucester and is Executive Director of Positive Money, a non-profit think tank, which campaigns for systemic change of the money and banking system to support a fair, sustainable, and democratic economy.

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Christabel Reed #

Christabel Reed is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist trained in Hatha, Ayurveda and the lineage of Krishnamacharya and Sri Desikachar. At the heart of her practice and teaching is the exploration of how we can come back to our most natural state — to our wholeness.

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Gita Parihar #

Gita was Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth until July 2016 and has spent 12 years working with and for campaigning organisations, using her skills as a solicitor to bring environmental cases and advise at international negotiations on issues like climate change. This gives her a deep familiarity with the rewards and challenges of environmental activism. Alongside her legal work, Gita is passionate about exploring approaches to saving the planet that sustain us as human beings. Gita is a trustee of the UKYCC and the Climate Justice Fund and currently studying for an MA in Spirituality and Ecology at Schumacher college.

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Ruby Reed #

Ruby teaches an alignment based vinyasa yoga. Her teaching style engages a subtle and embodied approach that uses the breath to guide a slow, strong and creative practice. She brings an excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology to a passion for the authentic teachings of yoga philosophy, blending these in an informed and full approach to the study of Yoga.

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