Rekindling Radical Imagination. Regenerative Activism 2022.
One of the biggest achievements of neoliberalism has been its colonisation of the imagination with its impoverished sense of human potential. In attempting to reduce us to homo-economicus, it circumscribed our capacity to imagine a world in which we can thrive together and eroded confidence in our ability to build cultures of compassion and care. Are we still beguiled by the spell of ‘no alternative’?
Haunted by the historic failures of the Left, surrounded by movement fragmentation and lack of convincing strategies, we can find ourselves struggling to find deep transformative responses to the interlinked crises we face today or retreating into ever smaller subcultural spaces and enclaves.
We will explore:
* Can we rekindle a radical imagination?
* Can we begin to imagine a world beyond capitalism, injustice and collapse in which we can truly flourish?
* And how could we do this without resurrecting the anthropocentric progress myths that have underpinned the ecological disasters we face today? What does this involve?
Jessica Horn #
Jessica Horn is a feminist thinker and builder - sharpening our understandings of the root causes of gendered injustice, and co-designing interventions that stimulate systemic change towards tangible shifts in people’s embodied lives. She has worked for two decades supporting activist organisations, funders and the UN to deepen analysis, shape policy and funding, and refine interventions to defend women’s rights to health, bodily autonomy and freedom from violence and build scenarios for feminist futures.
Rob Hopkins #
Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, 21 Stories of Transition and most recently, From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want.
Jay Jordan & Isa Frémeaux #
Jay Jordan is an art activist, co-founder of direct action groups, cinematographer for Naomi Klein’s The Take, and co-editor of the book We Are Everywhere: the irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism. Isabelle Frémeaux’s action research explores popular education, storytelling and creative forms of resistance. Together they co-founded the art activism and permaculture collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination.