Two Workshops at Newport Rising

I’m hosting two workshops at the Newport Rising event next week (Fersiwn Gymraeg yma). It’s being put on by the lovely folk of the Anarchist Action Network, just over the Bridge. It is part of a wider run of events under the banner of the Anarchist Traveling Circus. It looks quite like the Co-Mutiny week we did here in Bristol a few years back after the 2009 Anarchist Bookfair. It doesn’t feel like that was almost five years ago!

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On Tuesday 27th May I’m doing a crash course in first aid from 4pm-6pm. It’s only two hours so I can’t do much but I can do enough of the basics so you can keep someone alive that otherwise may have not made it before an ambulance arrives plus some other useful bits to keep your comrades in the land of the living. That’s got to be worth 2hrs of your time, right?

Next one is another Why Men against Patriarchy? workshop, similar to the one I did at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair as that got really positive feedback. That one is on Thurday 29th from 3pm-4.30pm.

Of course there are loads of workshops and events throughout the whole week so check out the program and get over the Newport, the event is aimed at everyone, not just activist types. However with NATO heading there for their big shindig this September it seems wise to meet friendly faces and have a mosey around…

Right-o, I’m off to have a barbecue in the rain!

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Is Bart Simpson an Anarchist? – Audio

This years Bristol Anarchist Bookfair was another great day. I facilitated the first panel discussion of the day titled “Is Bart Simpson an Anarchist?”. People were not up for talking much, nor was I, hence all the ums.

Though only a few people spoke, seven in total from a room of 22 people, there were some interesting points and hopefully it will lead to more debate. A visual count suggested around 20 men and 2 women so that wasn’t great. But some good and interesting points were made by those who spoke. It’s definitely a start of having this discussion and progressing it in the future.

Please have a listen and add your comments and thoughts on the role of Work and Money within anarchism at the bottom. I’d like to get more points of view.

Contributions without the microphone were cut and they couldn’t be heard on the recording. Sorry of the buzz and echo its a really bad room for sound.

Listen to the Audio of the discussion here – https://soundcloud.com/bod-andrage/bookfairtalk2014-simpsonBristolAnarchistBookfair-Bart

I’m Doing a Workshop at Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

I’m going to be hosting a workshop on consent at Bristol Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday April 20th. The event starts at 11am and my workshop it the last of the day at 5pm in the “Room with a view” on the first floor of the building (there’s a lift and stairs). Apparently there’s enough space for about 20 or so people.

I’m working on a Zine to hand out to everyone who goes plus make it available before and after. It’s not quite finished yet but here’s the Introduction, which may be useful to you if you are thinking coming along.

UPDATE: The complete zine is now done and online. It’s not pretty, maybe I will make it look better in the future, maybe I wont. Readable format. Printable Format.

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Facilitation and Accessibility at Meetings – St Imier Anarchist Gathering 2012

While at the International Anarchist Gathering in St Imier in Switzerland, a group formed to deal with the issues around accessibility, privilege and creation of safer spaces. Unfortunately such a major area seemed to have been completely overlooked buy the organisers of the event and the groups that formed spontaneously did a great job of trying their best to rectify the problems where they could.

I was kindly asked to give a brief summary of how a facilitator can help with accessibility and dealing with privilege in a meeting environment, at an open emergency meeting that the group called. About 150 or so people attended. This is not a how to on facilitation, if you want that I recommend looking on the seeds for change website as those guys are great and have some top resources available.
This was simply a brief overview and is transcribed below.

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