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Building a new model of education for Bristol: learning from the heart, head, hand, and whole self – School of Activism
April 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 24, 2019
A four-part course which invites participants to come together to reimagine and recreate the future of education.
The course will create a community, a body, of learning.
Each evening will explore one aspect of this body of learning – heart, head, and hand – with the final session bringing all the elements together in the whole body. These evenings are designed to inform and support one another but it is not necessary to attend them all and each evening can be treated as a unique workshop.
Bristol Learning Co-op
A year ago, a small group of people came together with a shared goal of creating a co-operative university capable of contributing to social transformation in Bristol and beyond. Bristol Learning Co-op was born.
The BLC is being established as a response to the continued commodification of education, a process that is increasing debt, poverty, inequality, illness, alienation, and exploitation. Saying ‘no’ to such a world is not enough. We have a responsibility to envision and create the democratic and sustainable alternatives. BLC represents an attempt to hack education and to contribute to social transformation – to co-produce socially useful knowledge that addresses the material problems and injustices we face – in Bristol and far beyond.
Since last summer, we have been journeying together through the uLab process. Out of this process, we have produced our draft Vision, Values, and Strategy document. We have also developed a prototype for a model of producing knowledge that recognises the whole body’s need and capacity for learning and knowing. The development of this model will form the core part of the process of establishing and running BLC.
With this goal in mind, we invite you to join us in a four part course, which will result in forming a Body. Our Body will be made up of Head, Hand, and Heart. The goal is to reach a depth of communication that will allow the system we collectively make up to begin to see itself and identify what needs to emerge to take our work forward.
Part 1 The course will begin in The Heart with work developing techniques for deep listening and connection aimed at opening our heart/s.
Part 2 We will continue on to The Head, inviting participants to visualise the future of the BLC and their individual place within it.
Part 3 In the third session we will work in The Hand on collaborative activities of making directed at manifesting what has emerged from our work in The Head.
Part 4 Finally, we will return as a whole Body to reflect on the day and also to identify the energy present in our collective body and how to take this energy forward.
We will use the course to showcase our work over the previous year, to share our vision for BLC, and to invite you to join our process going forward.
Children are welcome and can participate. We can share the care of the little ones.
The BLC team
The School of Activism is a 2 week programme of workshops, talks and activities brought to you by Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft over the Easter holidays (April 5 to 22). The workshops are intended to be empowering experiences equipping people with the tools to challenge the status quo, contest power structures and ultimately to change the world.
We learn by doing.
We make our own future.