This week we are focusing on ‘Careful Protest’ as a vital part of the activism toolkit; not to replace other forms of protest but to help strengthen campaigns. It’s about being caring towards everyone we interact with in our protests, from the victims to the perpetrators (and everyone in between). And also being careful … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 6: Careful Protest
The background Social media has a rocky history when it comes to mental health, and the general consensus would suggest that the former is predominantly detrimental to the latter. But is this changing? Society as a whole has become more aware of mental health issues in the recent past; the topic has moved from a taboo … Continue reading Social Mania: Can Social Media Benefit Your Mental Health?
When faced with adversity, what do you do? If Polly Pollet was with you, she’d probably tell you to pick up a ballpoint and draw. On paper, or a wall. Or the back of a skateboard. The Belgian artist has made ballpoint drawings her signature – and her weapon. In her latest project, Polly hopes … Continue reading Polly Pollet, the Female Body and the Power of the Pen
What do you do if someone you know or a stranger nearby says something that fuels inequality and injustice? We should protest against it immediately but that be really difficult not only because we are often in fight or flight mode so our brain goes foggy but also because we need (quickly) to exercise emotional … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 3: Intimate Activism
Before we ask other people to change their actions, behaviour or views we need to start by seeing if we need to change our ways too. That can be uncomfortable, which is why handicrafts can be a great, comforting tool to help us reflect deeply and critically whilst also crafting something that fits … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 2: Inner Protest
Your first of six lessons is conducted by Headteacher Sarah Corbett explaining what she means by ‘gentle protest’ and the three most important foundations to be skilled gentle protesters. This school encourages you to learn by watching and reflecting on the weekly vlogs, taking part in the homework, sharing your comments below (and on … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 1: Gentle Protest
In an age of slacktivism & clicktivism, we need gentle protest more than ever The list of issues that need to be addressed in the world today is seemingly impossible. From large corporations exploiting workers to swell their profit margins or politicians instigating divisive and destructive policies, to the small, everyday acts of discrimination carried out … Continue reading Why We Need To Protest Gently
A message from Headteacher Corbett of The School Of Gentle Protest If we want our world to be more beautiful, kind and fair then shouldn’t our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? Yet, activism often conjures up quick transactional signing of petitions, clicktivism, slacktivism or loud and aggressive ways to demand justice. These ways often build walls … Continue reading Sign Up To The School Of Gentle Protest!
1215.today, in collaboration with The Poetry School, want to identify a poet for a six-week digital residency with the 1215.today site to begin at the end of April, through May 2017. The chosen poet will receive £1,000. 1215.today commemorates 800 years of the Magna Carta in an online platform that gives young people a space … Continue reading Paid Digital Poetry Residency – Open for Applications!
Whilst on an educational sojourn from the States, Rob Sprankle, a temporary Lincoln student and resident, shares some initial observations into how the US and the UK differ in their approach to discussing race. Taking to heart the lessons in suspicion I have learned from poring over primary source documents in all manner of history classes, I tend … Continue reading The Timid Bulldog? How The UK And The US Differ When Discussing Race.
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