It seems that some key themes are weaving through the inspiring talks of today. They’re questions of approaches to leadership, methods of organising, diversity and privilege, and tools of movement building.
On leadership, the question that consistently resurfaces is: how do you best lead your movement or organisation? The answers have been diverse, from facilitation within hierarchical organisations to completely non-hierarchical flat structures to something in between. But what they all have in common is that they’re veering away from the traditional organising model. They’re sharing their learnings and tips of how new models of organising have furthered the goals of the movement immensely.
On diversity and privilege, the question that permanently exists within this sector is whether our movements are inclusive of all. But today, these ideas were really interrogated, with some candidly speaking about their experiences in an organisation which saw the changemakers as instrumental to further the brand of the organisation, but did not value them as those who are actually the people who make change. Other things were importantly highlighted, such as having the voices of those affected in the inception of your movement rather than as an afterthought. And, finally, it’s important to recognise the work we are already doing and the small and immediate steps that we can make – so that we don’t suffocate under the huge challenge that this poses, but rather immediately take action.
On tools of movement building, this afternoon is dedicated towards sharing and learning skills and tools for movement building. We’ve got roundatables on sharing the skills of communication, strategy, crowdfunding, technology, organising and facilitation. On each table is a specialist in this field, but – as emphasised by Esther in the morning – this is a peer to peer space. It’s a space to learn as much as you can, but also to give what you can. The atmosphere right now is one of enthusiasm and passion – and we’ve still got a whole day to go!
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