Theme 4: What do we mean by ecofascism? Is the term being used too much or too little? We go over examples of language being used in common places, like Facebook groups, which threaten to normalise ecofascism. This is about strengthening our capacity to notice narratives that are willing to sacrifice some humans/living species/ecosystems for the benefit of a small number of privileged people. Watch the video.
Theme 5: As a mixed-heritage Latina, Heather shares what she considers to be good allyship. If she saw you interrupting racism or sexism or ablism or any kind of oppression at all, what qualities would she expect to see? Watch the video.
Theme 2: What if we believe the stereotypes about our different identities? About what “women are like” or “men are like” or “children are like” or “blind people are like”? How does this show up? And is it confusing for people who do not have that identity to see this happening? Watch the video.
Theme 7: What does cultural appropriation mean? What is the difference between appreciation, sharing, and appropriation? What is it about the dominant white culture that leads to appropriation? Watch the video.
Theme 8: With all the diversity in the world, why is just one language seen as the common language? English dominates globally. Even in conferences where no one has English as their first language, English is used to communicate amongst people who speak many different languages. What do we lose when we allow this domination? What languages have we lost in our family tree? Watch the video.
Theme 6: What is tone policing? In other words, what is it about our dominant culture that expects people to “be nice” before they can say something uncomfortable for others to hear? How does this perpetuate separation when we so badly need a world where we take care of one another and keep each other as safe as possible? Watch the video.
Theme 9: How do we talk about hope? What do we mean and does it depend on the context? And what does our philosophy about hope and use of the word say about our own privilege? How do the two interact? Does it reflect on our culture, our language? Watch the videos.
Theme 10: Our dominant culture is uneasy about uncertainty about the future. We want answers now. We want solutions. We want guarantees. What is this mindset about? What do we need to explore in order to be more open to other ways of viewing the future? How does this play out in the context of climate change, ecological destruction, and collapse-driven narratives? Watch the video.
Theme 13: With so much scrutiny of the police, what is justice? What is wrong with the current system and what is meant by restorative and transformational justice? This workshop just seeks to take the very first steps toward exploring these huge issues… We all get to start at square one, with loads of time for processing and reflection and a comfort break at the midway point of the two hours. We’ll keep checking in with our bodies to stay connected and grounded in where we’re at with these huge issues. Videos coming in November 2021.
Theme 14: What can we learn from mutual aid and disability justice siblings about support pods and how best to take care of one another and keep each other as safe as possible? What is it about our dominant culture that makes it hard for so many of us to even just knock on our neighbour’s door? We spend two hours exploring examples and our responses to them. Plenty of time for processing and reflection and a midway comfort break. Videos coming in November 2021.