Transforming Narrative Waters
“How do we change the stories we tell ourselves and each other about ourselves and each other – and our place in the world – into stories of transformation, trust and togetherness?” A conversation inspired by Ruth’s earlier piece, To Unpathed Waters and Undreamed Shores, encouraging us to move beyond silos and imagine “bringing more awe to the world”.
Assembling An Assembly Guide
In case you’re worried that our existing political infrastructure is inadequate, “this 3-stage guide will accompany you through the different steps of designing, running, and acting on the results of a Citizens’ Assembly. It draws on and points to a curated selection of the best available resources. From deciding how to choose and define an issue, to setting the budget, timeline, and which people to involve, this guide aims to make it a simple and clear process.“
Belonging Design Principles
“The distinct belonging framework developed by the Othering & Belonging Institute (OBI) includes a set of principles and practices that can root out structural inequality and exclusion of all kinds while helping us turn toward, rather than against, each other…If you’re ready to create a more just, impactful, and joyous school, workplace, or society, then join us on this journey of becoming a belonging-builder.” Brings to mind the Jemez Principles For Democratic Organising.
Pride of the Elites: Political Correctness, Identity Politics and Class War
“How Elite Overproduction drives culture wars, and how to move beyond it.” Analysis encouraging us to reflect on what it really takes to achieve “deep systemic change”, at a time the ‘vibe’ is shifting, and the gap between elite “power-holders” and everyone else is widening. “What has happened with social justice ideology is that it has gone through a process of ‘abstractive sublimation’, in which practical concerns by minority groups, which may be dangerous to the status quo, are sublimated into a realm of abstraction that allows elites to reframe and ultimately ignore its calls for a redistribution of power.”
Indigenous Wisdom & the Seed of Life
The author of Sacred Instructions discusses the increasing acceptance of indigenous wisdom by modern science, the essential role of the sacred feminine, the 80-10-10 rule for distributing our energy across transformation efforts, and shares prophecies and stories to encourage reflection and action.
Dancing With The Cannibal Giant: New Stories for the Great Transition
“When today's stories of crushing greed and endless growth have come to an end, what, then, will be the new stories?…a documentary film portraying five remarkable stories of people and places transforming the world. Narrated by Penobscot elder, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset), we are introduced to the Penobscot mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature awakened by the destruction of mother earth. The film is told through the lens of this powerful prophecy: only if people can awaken to their own destruction, and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep.”
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.”
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
“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.”
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.
Messaging guide: Connecting the Climate & Cost of Living Crises
Re-upping this research from last year as the guidance is very relevant to this government’s latest energy strategy announcements re: oil and gas licenses etc. Crucially the research shows that it is unhelpful to even engage with the idea of ‘trade-offs’, even if we intend to debunk and discredit. Evidence suggests we’ll be more effective if we root our messages in shared values, which this guide offers an example of.
Messaging guide: How to talk about public services
“Without well funded healthcare, water, energy, care, education, transport, our economy can't function. This guide will help you advocate for the services we all rely on. We will be co-hosting a session about how to best campaign for public services in a moment of interlocking crises.” (Thanks for sharing Funmibi Ogunlesi)