About part 1.
Its a no brainer we give up so much to be represented by giving permission to people in suits to do as they please. And they persistantly fail us. Then we pay again for their failures? We can change that.
Continuing to do the same things over and over and expect something different to happen is another no brainer. There is a need to rethink and replace the socio economic madness we ar living in.
By finding ideas that are relevant, people can enjoy doing and can see the benefit of. Understanding where our power lies by exploring between the lines. And working for a common good
We need to start living for each other as human beings. Why do we put up with a dog-eats-dog life. We need to find out what connects us and work with that. We hope to uncover the pragmatic questions that need to be answered that will help to build energy for change through the participation of ordinary people. It's a no brainer we give up so much to be represented by giving permission to people in suits to do as they please. And they persistently fail us. Then we pay again for their failures? We can change that.
Is to engage with those needing to be engaged with in the work of organising and to direct useful knowledge in the process of organising to the places where it is needed. We will not change things using the same tools that have brought us to where we are now. Unlearning systematic education and television would be a major theme in this work. Continuing to do the same things over and over and expect something different to happen is another no brainer. There is an imperative for all to rethink and work towards replacing the socio economic climatical, warring, madness we are living in.
To make radical change energy needs to be harvested and pointed in the right direction otherwise it dissipates and loses mass. The question asked here is. Where should it be directed? We can chose to be passive citizens and let thing be done to us. Or choose to be active citizens and do things for ourselves. This project is about doing things for ourselves. By finding ideas that are relevant, people can enjoy doing and can see the benefit of. By understanding where our power lies, exploring between the lines and working for a common good.
Activism these days has become a multi facited affair connected to many lifestyles, preferences and activities While this may be enough to motivate the activist, environmentalist, grower, and those privileged to have an education on such topics the first thing we could then ask is. How do we use our knowledge and energy to disseminate, articulate and present ideas that both the teacher and the student can equally benefit from in forming rounder citizens for what we will need for the collective struggles ahead, if we are to have the chance of winning them?
We have much already going on, that is to be commended in the work of empowering communities, but much of this work is constrained by over work, economic barriers, service provision, is apolitical, or is tied up in immovable political ideologies and absolutist tendencies that restrict our ability to deepen our ties and relationships with ordinary people. Which is our main aim of this project.
Our priorities need to be about wage earners, the unemployed, the poor and economic class consciousness rather than associated identities. We need to think of ourselves first and foremost as human beings and our basic needs of sustenance, shelter, social interaction and mental stimulation.
Most of what should be our collective energy is dissipated by isolation, by to many examples to list here. Not only by neoliberalism policies but also by ourselves. And to many examples to list here. The Social Energy Collective, is about that we can do together, what we can agree about, using what we have and beginning, where we are.
So the first year will be about Building tools for conviviality. (Illich) or Building tools for constructive conversation and actions. We will set out to support and build the critical connections between a variety of community groups with different kinds of remits and activities to find avenues of solidarity. We will try to achieve this by not creating more work for people but by sharing and expanding on work already done or being developed.
This will include:
As well as the community work we will use as a catalyst “The Community Empowerment Act”. Part of it being to compile a Common Good Register for the city. We will also looked at the “City Centre Strategic Development Framework 2050” these will be used as concrete ideas to test our learning.
We will also work to create a comparative report between existing resources, the community needs and the City Centre Strategic Development Framework 2050 and how we can ensure a positive and sustainable outcome for local people. We will do this by working with established and newer community groups by looking at existing models, ideas for this and helping to developing new ones. See: The Citizen Development Project (TCDP)
Part of our community plan will be to set up data collecting units in different places using photography, video, a variety of cameras and software, open source computer technology, screenings, discussion, bike rides, walks, visits to places of interest and mapping.
We have no affiliation with any political party. We operate purely as human beings struggling like everyone else in the mire of neoliberalism and its infiltration into our lives and communities. The only monies and energy we have to spend on this project are our own.