Resilience in Times of Uncertainty: Regenerative Activism & Deep Change
‘Resilience in times of Uncertainty’ is the fourth session of a 4-week online series exploring how we respond to the challenges of our time for deep change at every level.
These are probably the most important years in our history. We’re facing the gnarly, and interlinked problems of climate crisis, stark inequality and a post-democratic reality. Earth’s life support systems are under attack, while authoritarian, racist and intolerant nationalist populism is on the rise. Our survival involves deep transformation and a shift beyond the failing capitalist system that underpins our extractive and destructive economy. How can we sustain ourselves through this time? How can we enable our activism to be a source of flourishing, for ourselves and society as a whole? We will dig deep into key questions and practices for a truly regenerative activism.
Participants: Gee, Dean Francis, Aesha Francis, Anthea Lawson, Maria Llanos del Corral, Eweryst Zaremba.
We are 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.
COVID19 has exposes the gaping vulnerabilities in the system. This pandemic, combined with the fierce urgency of the climate crisis, the twilight of neoliberalism, impoverished political leadership, and an increasing sense of distributive injustice, are the cracks out of which something new must emerge.
The times are calling for renewed energy and adaptive capacities. To meet this crisis, we need strategies for deep change on multiple levels.
To answer this call we are bringing together activists, doers and thinkers who are trying to get under the surface of crisis, people who are asking deeper questions and constructing deeper responses.
This is the third in a series of annual ‘Regenerative Activism’ gatherings convened and hosted by Advaya, Ulex Project and Gita Parihar. This year it will be held online over 4 weeks exploring:
Session 1: New Economy and Systemic Transformation, 7th May
Session 2: Climate Justice: Identity, History and Power, 14th May
Session 3: Rights of Nature: Law and the More-than-Human, 21st May
Session 4: Resilience in times of Uncertainty, 28th May
Through the series we will:
- 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.
- Look for new understanding at the intersection between hard political realities and paradigm shifting insights.
- Seek to go beyond radical critique to find pathways for radically transformative action.
Why this gathering?#
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.
A note on tickets:#
Eventbrite allows you to choose a relevant date, but tickets gives you access to all 4 evenings regardless of what day it states on the ticket. We will send the zoom links to the email you use here, so please use a correct address.
Pricing is tiered. The ‘pay-it-forward’ ticket is an option for those who find themselves in a position to support the event. It allows us to charge a low price as standard, and opens access to activists and those on a low income to attend. This is a non-profit collaborative gathering.
Anthea Lawson #
Anthea Lawson leads the Beyond Activism initiative at Perspectiva. Troubled by the ways in which campaigning sometimes replicates what it tries to change, she is working to enquire into the inner life of activism and what it means for our efforts to change the outer world in which we live. Anthea trained and worked as a reporter at The Times, then did investigations into the arms trade and corruption in the natural resource industries for campaigning organisations such as Amnesty International and Global Witness. Following an investigation into how the finance sector fuels grand corruption, she launched an award-winning campaign for transparency in company ownership, which – with the hard work of many other activists – has resulted in new laws in 42 countries. She is still campaigning to get a pelican crossing installed at the end of her road.
Gee (Guhyapati) #
Guhyapati has been spearheading a pioneering Eco-Dharma community in the Pyrenees for many years, and wants to see some of the principles of that movement brought to bear in our own lives of practice, giving rise to new projects that will re-shape the personal, economic, political and ecological landscape of the 21st Century.
Eweryst Zaremba #
Eweryst is a member of the Ulex core team. They are leading on a Ulex Project programme working on psychosocial resilience within LGBTQI+ networks in Central and Eastern Europe, where these groups are increasingly attacked as part of growing national populist strategies.