Regenerative Activism 2021: Building & Sustaining Our Movements
An annual conference of dialogues and workshops for radical transformation organised by Ulex Project, Advaya C.I.C and Gita Parihar
Facing Repression: Building Movement Resilience#
- with Dilar Dirik, Laurence Cox & Glacier Kwong
- Wednesday 24 February 2021
Routes of Resistance: Narrative, Culture and Power#
- with and Lyla June Johnston, Joshua Virasami & tbc.
- Wednesday 3 March 2021
Global Movements: Power, Resource and Resilience#
- with Kumi Naidoo, Nnimmo Bassey and Silje Lundberg
- Wednesday 10 March 2021
Psychosocial Practices for Sustaining Our Movements#
- with Aluna, Peter Steudtner and Daiara Tukano
- Wednesday 17 March 2021
Regenerative Activism: Building & Sustaining Our Movements**#
- with Ulex Project
- Sunday 21 March 2021
To build and sustain powerful and effective movements, we need spaces to learn from each other’s struggles.
The interconnected crises of ecological destruction, failing political legitimacy, and the crumbling façade of the neoliberal order is awakening people to the urgent need to construct more socially just and ecologically wise societies. At the same time, the realignment of neoliberal interests with the far right reminds us that beneath the dysfunctional surface of liberal democracy runs the ever-present possibility of fascism.
Our responses to these challenges hinge on our ability to foster the vision and will to build and sustain majority social movements of scale and diversity. We need to forge the collective agency capable of posing a counter power to economic elites and interests. We need new kinds of movements that integrate ambitious socio-political demands with radical cultural and spiritual renewal.
In this conference, we bring together activists and organisers, thinkers and doers, engaged in diverse social movement practice, to reflect deeply together, to share lived experience, and to increase our collective capacity to build and sustain our movements at this crucial time.
This is the fourth in a series of annual ‘Regenerative Activism’ gatherings convened and hosted by Ulex Project, Advaya C.I.C. and Gita Parihar. This year it will be hosted online, with 4 panel discussions followed by a half-day participatory workshop:
Through the series we will:
- Bring together activists and organisers, thinkers and doers, engaged in diverse social movement practice, to reflect deeply together, to share lived experience, and to increase our collective capacity to build and sustain our movements at this crucial time.
- 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.
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.
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.