Workshop & Skillshare Programme 2015

CampAnarchy2015Timetable

Workshop & Skillshare Descriptions

Saturday

21st CENTURY ANARCHISM with Dr Jo Toscano
When: 11:30am – 1pm, Saturday
Where: Fantin Hut

In this workshop Jo will present his recent paper on 21st century Anarchism. Download here. Jo encourages attendees to read the (short) paper beforehand to enable a richer discussion. Jo will explain why the the 21st century is the anarchist century. The core principles of anarchism are principles that have the power to unseat the four horsemen of the 21st century apocalypse: population growth, finite resources, an international economic system based on the creation of increasing profits irrespective of the human, social and environmental costs, and human induced climate change.

Presented by Dr Joseph Toscano, a medical practitioner, a broadcaster and an anarchist who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Jo has become widely known as an anarchist spokesperson for the Anarchist Media Institute through his broadcasting on community radio, his frequent letters to newspapers such as The Age and Herald Sun and his initiation of community campaigns.

PARENTS & KIDS GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
WHEN: 11:30am – 1pm, Saturday
WHERE: Emma’s Barn

An opportunity for parents and kids at Camp Anarchy to meet each other and to discuss ground rules for the weekend. This will also be an opportunity for the kids to invent their own program for the weekend.

Facilitated by Liz Shield and Lauren Gibbens.

FACILITATION (Skillshare)
WHEN: 11:30am – 1pm, Saturday
WHERE: Harant’s Circle

Ever thought you’d like to have some facilitation skills in your tool box? This skillshare will get you started, and you will then have the opportunity to shadow an experienced facilitator and have a go at practicing your skills during a workshop over the weekend.

ANARCHIST VISIONS
WHEN: 2pm – 3:30pm, Saturday
WHERE: Fantin Hut

Participants will get to share their own visions, and engage with the ideas of others about the Anarchist society they dream of – life after the revolution. Part utopian science fiction, part tangible dreams about what we are struggling for, this workshop will leave you with visions to keep you inspired.

Facilitated by Bonnie.

DIRECT ACTION IN SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES + LOCK-ONS SKILLSHARE
WHEN: 2pm – 3:30pm, Saturday
WHERE: Emma’s Barn

Come along to hear stories about recent direct actions around the issue of asylum seekers – including attempts at stopping deportations and creative media stunts – and discuss their effectiveness, as well as ideas for future actions.

Also: Explore and practice the range of ways locking-on can be an effective tool of direct action.

Presented by Aj van Tonder & Jessica Harrison.

MESOPOTAMIA REBORN: The Rojava Revolution & The Seeds Of A New Enlightenment
WHEN: 4pm – 5:30pm, Saturday
WHERE: Fantin Hut

In the ancient heartland of Kurdistan a social revolution is being born, the like of which has not been seen since the Spanish Revolution.

Inspired by the late Murray Bookchin’s brand of Eco-Anarchism, the revolutionary umbrella organization the KCK (Group of Communities in Kurdistan), whose affiliates include Turkey’s PKK and Syria’s PYD, have achieved historic revolutionary gains in the autonomous region of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan): a widespread proliferation of direct democracy, women’s liberation, workers’ self management and secular administration. Neighborhood assemblies and communes have exploded, growing in the thousands every couple of months in this territory of over 4 million people. The security forces are directly accountable to these organs, and are planning on abolishing themselves by teaching everyone both weapons training and non-violence theory.

Each level of this directly democratic federal structure has both male-female co-presidency and a 40% gender quota to ensure women’s participation. Women have their own security forces, their own councils and a spate of other autonomous organizations. FGM, Honor killings and other patriarchal violence has been banned. Co-operatives are spreading in every sector of the economy, with David Graeber reporting that they plan on abolishing the use of money between themselves to establish a rudimentary form of libertarian communism.

Presented by Rafael Taylor, MAC member and author of “The new PKK: unleashing a social revolution in Kurdistan” published in ROAR Magazine.

AN ANARCHISM FOR TODAY? Ted Trainer & ‘The Simpler Way’
WHEN: 4pm – 5:30pm, Saturday
WHERE: Emma’s Barn

This workshop we will look at the ideas of Ted Trainer, an eco-anarchist Australian activist and philosopher who for a long time has advocated an anarchist vision he refers to as ‘the simpler way’. This workshop will take the form of a mini-reading group. Participants will read together through a 10 page essay written by Trainer called ‘An Anarchism for Today; The Simpler Way,’ which outlines, in clear and easy terms, his basic position with a focus on connections to anarchism. Trainer’s work presents a major challenge to most current left, including anarchist, thinking about vision and strategy. Throughout the reading there will be opportunity for discussion/debate. The discussion will be much richer if participants could take the time to read the essay beforehand. Download here.

Presented by Jonathan Rutherford.

WE ALL LIVE IN BLOCKADIA: Squats & Barricades I Have Known (Skillshare)
WHEN: 4pm – 5:30pm, Saturday
WHERE: Harant’s Circle

Practical strategies and skills for blockading across a range of direct action situations.

Presented by Jessica Harrison.

TWO MINUTES OF INFAMY
WHEN: 7pm – 8:30pm, Saturday
WHERE: Fantin Hut

Each participant has two minutes to introduce themselves – they can use it however they like – to spruik the projects they’re involved in, to encourage others to join their group, to articulate their critique or vision or just to share a bit about themselves. Once everyone in the circle has had their (strictly timed) 2 minutes there is time and space for networking and chasing up the people whose two minutes has inspired you or made you want to connect with them and their group. An excellent chance to publicise your campaign, group or activity and a sure-fire way to have a conversation starter with everyone at Camp Anarchy!

Facilitated by Dave Saxton.

Sunday

ANTI-MILITARISM
When: 10am – 11:30am, Sunday
Where: Fantin Hut

It’s not a question of violence and non-violence. Militarism is the root cause of global warming, the TPP, the way we mistreat indigenous people and asylum seekers. If you want to connect the dots in our struggles and see the bigger picture, this workshop is for you.

Presented by Greg Rolles.

WHAT WE WANT WHEN WE COMMUNICATE WITH CHILDREN
WHEN: 10am – 11:30am, Sunday
WHERE: Emma’s Barn

Not enough is shaped by the thoughts children have. Their experience is trivialized and their wisdom lost. We all reinforce this. Let’s explore what we want when we communicate with children. Let’s explore motivations and barriers around being able to hear the children in our life. All behaviors are strategies to meet a need. This workshop is about learning how to find out what the underlying need is, and how to have the energy to do this.

This workshop is not a place for talking about the way other people engage with children. This is not ‘children in society’. This is about improving the way we connect. We all have enough we can work with, and learn from. This workshop is about self-empathy. Seeing the triggers, building the supports, doing the experiments and making mistakes. There is enough pressure already, this workshop is about relieving it, not adding to it.

Everyone welcome. This is not a parenting workshop. Session will start with short 5 minute talk, followed by 2 x 30 minute exercises. We will have time at the end to explore further the issues found pertinent during exercises.

Presented by Alex Blanchard.

TOOLANGI FOREST VISIT
WHEN: 10am – 2pm, Sunday
WHERE: Toolangi Forest

Opportunity to visit Toolangi Forest with members of the blockade, visit a coupe and learn some forest blockading skills. We will be car pooling for this – it’s about an hours drive each way, so leaving at 10am and returning by 2pm.

Presented by Harley Sanderson and others from the Toolangi forest blockade.

DECOLONISATION & INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY
WHEN: 11:30am – 1pm, Sunday
WHERE: Fantin Hut

A reading group and discussion about decolonisation and how we can act in solidarity with Indigenous struggle in Australia today.

ALTERNATIVES TO TINA (There Is No Alternative: The Doctrine Of Neoliberalism)
WHEN: 11:30am – 1pm, Sunday
WHERE: Emma’s Barn

This discussion aims to explore proposed alternatives to capitalism and how they can inform present day organising, transform the public imagination and cultivate the revolutionary consciousness. We hope to explore models such as I.D., P2P, PARECON, The Simpler Way and Pluralist Commonwealth.

Presented by Jason Chaplin & James Wilson from IOPS (International Organization for a Participatory Society).

GUERILLA HEALTHCARE
WHEN: 2pm – 3:30pm, Sunday
WHERE: Fantin Hut

Guerrilla Healthcare refers to the application of simple & everyday skills to provide self-care, community support and alternate healthcare provision in the capitalist age – which we intend to actively build upon in 2015.

Presented by the Melbourne Street Medics.

DIALOGUE NOT DEBATE
WHEN: 2pm – 3:30pm, Sunday
WHERE: Emma’s Barn

What does it mean to dialogue? What is the role of debate? What is the difference? This workshop will explore the differences with the hope of practicing dialogue as an alternative method of discourse where the process is collaborative and participants will come away with a shared idea of how we can shift our practice to one that builds on the ideas of others rather than one that is combative.

Presented by Bonnie.

TROUBLEMAKING IN THE WORKPLACE (Skillshare)
WHEN: 2pm – 3:30pm, Sunday
WHERE: Harant’s Circle

Shared experiences of resistance to exploitation at work sites; individual, group and community direct action: A worker’s guide to direct action.

Tactics discussed depend on solidarity, the coordinated actions of larger number of workers. Individual acts of sabotage offer little more than a fleeting sense of revenge, which may admittedly be all that keeps you sane on a bad day at work. But for a real feeling of collective empowerment, there’s nothing quite like direct action by a large number of disgruntled workers to make your day.

Slow down, Work to Rule, Good Work Strike, Sit Down Strike, Selective Strike, Whistle Blowing, Sick-In, Sabotage, Ignoring the Boss, Dual Power, Solidarity. Further reading.

Presented by Margaret Creagh and Dave Saxton.

COMMUNITY SAFETY & COMMUNITY ACCOUNTABILITY
WHEN: 4pm – 5:30pm, Saturday
WHERE: Fantin Hut

Participate in a workshop that will provide opportunities to review the safer spaces policy while looking at other models of community accountability.

Presented by Shane Anderson, Lauren Gibbens and Bonnie.

BUILDING OUR OWN DIGITAL TOOLS
WHEN: 4pm – 5:30pm, Sunday
WHERE: Emma’s Barn

There aren’t enough people in the world fighting against oppression. Given that we are weak in numbers, how can we make our movements and campaigns more likely to succeed? We think a part of the answer lies in creating our own digital tools. As a general rule, what do you do when you want to get something done but there aren’t enough people to do it? The answer is that you give the people you do have tools which increase the impact of their effort. A group can dig a bigger hole with shovels than with their bare hands. The tools which help activists do their work in the 21st century are increasingly digital ones. We can’t rely on the oppressors to give the oppressed tools to fight them though, so we have to make these tools ourselves.

We will discuss/workshop:
– How digital tools can help movements/campaigns (beyond the obvious uses of Facebook, etc)
– The reasons why we should be making our own
– How to get the skills to make digital tools
– How to build digital tools yourself
– Several case studies of digital tools built to help the fight against oppression

Presented by Keira and Sky.

WOODCUTS FOOT-PRINTS: A Creative Workshop At The Intersection Of Art & Activism (Skillshare)
WHEN: 4pm – 5:30pm, Sunday
WHERE: Harant’s Circle

Woodcut is a simple, cheap and fun printmaking technique. It has a long history of being used by activist-artists to create political images. This workshop is aimed at beginners. Participants can create their own woodcut prints and then print them by using their feet to ‘dance’ on the fabric and make a print. We are going to use a lot of alternative materials, so activists can use this skill easily and cheaply for their purpose. This may be a bit dodgy, but it will definitely be lots of fun – and easy too!

This skill share has a materials cost of $10 per person.

Presented by UB, a community artist who is focused on participatory processes of collaborative creativity. She studied printmaking in a university, and has since organised some community art projects at CERES environmental park, City Library, Federation Square and so on. She is also a member of IOPS (International Organisation for a Participatory Society) Melbourne. UB’s Blog.

Monday

RADICAL KIDS & PARENTS
When: 10am – 11:30am, Sunday
Where: Fantin Hut

An open space for radical parents and kids to get together and discuss their ideas and challenges faced in living your politics in your parenting, maintaining your own activism and maybe raising a new generation of activists.

Facilitated by Liz Shield.

CO-OPERATIVE GAMES (Skillshare)
WHEN: 10am – 11:30am, Sunday
WHERE: Harant’s Circle

Anarchists in the left-tradition aim for a non-hierarchical cooperative society. To achieve that, at least one thing we need to do is build (or re-build) a counter-culture that embraces CO-OPERATION. The good news is the evidence is on our side: competition is not an inevitable trait of human nature. Neither is it good for our relationships, or required for us to be ‘productive’ (check out Alfie Kohn’s book ‘The Case Against Competition’ if you are unconvinced). Most of all, we don’t have to compete to have fun when we play! This skillshare will aim to prove it by (hopefully) having fun playing co-operative games.

Presented by Jonathan Rutherford.