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Feminism | Ecoscepticism | Beyond
Hope you’re having joyful and restorative summers and festivals ✨
This week we’re sharing some reports that centre feminist and decolonial values and action, responses to the growing politicisation of climate in the UK, and approaches to moving beyond failing systems.
Shared with love, in solidarity.
September 7th | 11:30 GMT
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October 5th | 13:00 GMT
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Key: 📋 Report | 📝 Article | 📢 Campaign | 🎬 Video | ⚙️ Tool
Young, Feminist, and Fearless: Holding the Line
“Young feminist movements are pushing back against autocracy. They’re not toeing the line anymore. Young feminist movements are holding the line. This year’s State of the Youth Civil Society report developed under the theme, Young. Feminist. Fearless: Holding the Line, focuses on feminist movements and their critical role in making the world more equitable, safe and accessible for everyone.”
#issuenarrative #deepnarrative #tactics
Radical Pathways Beyond GDP
“To dismantle GDP, different social movements will need to coalesce around key metrics that prioritise far greater equality, and align with feminist and decolonial values while challenging the systems of power and narratives that are holding GDP in its dominant place. Only in this way are alternatives likely to deliver the economic transformation needed to put people and planet first.”
#issuenarrative #deepnarrative #tactics
The Right Climate
A mapping of the “many discourses that, instead of minimizing the risks posed by climate change, seek to mobilize them to advance other right-wing agendas. These can include limiting migration or defending tradition, embracing markets or restricting democratic governance.” Also see this exploration of how the eurosceptics have evolved into ecosceptics.
Politicians have a public mandate for climate leadership
Sam Freedman, IPPR
Evidence that climate risks are a more effective focus than co-benefits and costs: “the far bigger political danger…is being caught on the wrong side of a visibly growing problem and looking complacent or blind to the risk…The public might not know the policy detail; but they know that climate change is a major long-term risk to their own families and communities, and are waiting for leadership.”
Compass urges progressives to unite in one-off pact at next general election
To avoid ‘progressive tragedies’ – “seats where the progressive vote is larger than the regressive vote but the Tory party wins because progressives are divided” – “Compass calls on the leaderships of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties to get round the table with the leadership of the Greens and decide who is best placed in which seats to defeat the Tories.”
Together, Yes (AUS)
Victorian Women’s Trust
“‘Together, Yes’ invites people from all walks of life to gather in small group discussions and engage in an honest reckoning of the harm and injustice of our colonial past; Australia’s history of constitutional indifference; and how a Voice to parliament can make a difference.”
📢 See here
Vanessa Andreotti, JRF
Vanessa discusses her book Hospicing Modernity as part of JRF’s series ‘Next Frontiers in Funding, Philanthropy and Investment: Unlocking resources in this time of crisis and possibility’. Vanessa explores the four “socially sanctioned forms of denial“, the “House that Modernity Built,” and the need to go “Beyond Reform” because “more modernity is not an option, given the violence required to keep modernity in place, in the limits of the planet”, inviting us to take “7 steps back” and “7 steps forward/aside”.
Beyond the Rules
Dark Matter Labs, Lankelly Chase
“Without ways of organising and governing that devolve agency and embrace interconnectivity, we don’t believe we have a pathway to a future of dignity, safety and joy. We think this means alternative governance capabilities and rules to the current norm, via a boringly bureaucratic revolution that can underpin radical possibility. Beyond the Rules exists to collaboratively and openly build operational structures, tools, practices, networks and crafts that can make this systemic governance possible in the everyday - this portal seeks to share & invite them widely.”
⚙️ See here
The Power of Pop (PoP) Fund
“The Power of Pop (PoP) Fund is a pooled fund supporting the work of organisations working at the intersection of popular culture and social change in the UK, with a particular focus on migration and racial justice.” In partnership with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, AK Foundation and Unbound.
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Death & the collective imagination: Exploring the transformative potential of loss
Ally Kingston, Collective Imagination Practice | September 6th - December 6th
Join Ally in a Huddle to explore: “What norms, ideas and systems are ready to be dreamed out of being? What are the unintended consequences of keeping them on life support? And what kinds of gifts might be contained within their loss?” Sessions will be 90 mins, fortnightly. Join other Huddles in the CIP series here.
"It is your concern when your neighbour's wall is on fire." – Quintus Horatius Flaccus
“If philanthropy is not actively working to dismantle the unjust conditions it operates in, then we are complicit in these conditions, and we are facilitating their continuance.” – Amahra Spence
“We need to have a very strong bias of responsibility to transcend status quo logics. How do we hold ourselves accountable to, first and foremost, higher order accountabilities such as future generations?” – Jayne Engle
"The biggest 'f*ck you' a black woman can give to europatriarchy is to take genuine pleasure in being alive." – Minna Salami
"Carry your heart through this world like a life-giving sun." – Hafez
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