I was also conflicted about the referendum not least by the process of using a simple yes / no response to a complex system, when many myself included have no full understanding of the system.
Further, although I am interested in self-organisation and all the possibilities that entails and have many concerns about 'big government' and neoliberal agendas I was aware that replacing one dysfunctional system with another would not give the 'solutions' that many of the voters whether leave or remain would hope for.
I also saw no whiff even of a plan and the chaos that would ensue by throwing the baby out with the bath water - these things amongst many were part of my considerations and decision making in voting to remain.
That said I am listening to many esp those who voted leave. For me this listening is crucial - I know it is not as simple as anti-immigration or lack of understanding that contributed to a leave result.
So moving forward, now we have the situation we have, my particular considerations personally and professionally are how as artists (very broad church I know) might we intervene in a way that draws attention to the system, that is positive, sensitive and addresses eco-social justice.
This is by no means a definitive list and aware many artists may not be interested in this - but for those that are I'm interested to hear what you are thinking about and focussing on - this is some of what I am currently thinking of
- how do we / are we learning from other organisations and approaches?
- how do we / are we sharing the knowledge skills and practice we all have beyond our networks / specific approaches to span arts, activism, community development, elders groups, youth groups towards eco-social justice etc?
- how do we / are we connecting with with artists, non-arts groups and developing diverse partnerships to harness our unique or expert skill sets?
- how do we / are we safely and sensitively addressing difference of opinions, ideologies and extremism in our practices?
- how do we / are we ensuring we do not make things worse
- how do we / are we sustaining ourselves in all of this
I'd love to hear responses from others about their work, their considerations, what's worked and not worked - how you are thinking of or acting on moving forward, your approaches - both in terms of practical aspects and the obstacles you face and how you overcome them including very personal aspects like fears, lack of confidence, skills etc. As a network of networks, the knowledge exists and perhaps by sharing these we can all 'up skill' and learn from each other.
I have a particular systemic approach to making work that involves a practical tools that encourages self-organisation and engagement and helps to embed eco-social justice in project development. I am very happy to share if people are interested. I also have some useful tips from working in prisons and with vulnerable people.
Money is always an issue so while I'm not so interested in that I am interested in innovative ways and partnerships or models that is supporting work that we can learn from.
I've been thinking about Usahidi as a shared central space to upload actions rather than crisis - https://www.ushahidi.com/features Originally developed to log crisis in conflict situations I see the potential to create a shared space for shared action beyond discipline / profession specificity and forums - any thoughts on this or any existing platforms that could be used please advise. There's no need to reinvent the wheel but I also think a 'neutral' space that is not specific to one field or approach is important.
I'm also going to do a separate post that might be of interest around eco-social justice and might be an opportunity for a platform rather than Usahidi.