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Create Your Own Social Justice Network

David Richmond

We can only build social justice if we are willing to engage with our own potential. This can be a daunting prospect but, fortunately, it’s not something that can be done alone. Social justice is something we build together, simply, by supporting each other. One easy way to do this is to find a few friends or peers and support each other – to create your own social justice network.

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  • David Richmond

    Here's a simple format I use for the peer-support forums I facilitate:

    I allow people some reflection time at the start of the session to identify any news they want to share – any achievements, stories and useful information – and to think about what they would like to work on together.

    Each person then presents their news in turn, identifies a potential discussion point and answers questions from the group to help them clarify the issue.

    We then introduce a shared ‘creative challenge’ we have prepared for each forum. We may also have a short presentation by one of the group about their practice, something that inspires them or a shared issue they wish to discuss.

    Once we have all done this we split into smaller groups or even pairs so that people can suggest how we could make progress on any of the issues that have arisen or the shared creative challenge. Each pair or group can use this same format to discuss their challenge (present, clarify, suggest, respond).

    Finally we come back together to respond to what we have learnt and to identify an individual and a shared creative challenge that we can all work on before we meet next.

    Of course, you do not have to use this format, the most important thing is for you to find a format that works for you – and if you find a better one, or have any suggestions, do let me know – but you may find this a useful starting point.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I've been working with the League of Creative Interventionists to come up with ways to hack our city with art. We're holding a meetup at either one of our houses or a park- I think finding public space is the hard part. Our creative challenge is to build a paper 3D installation at a park.

    I love your ideas:

    -meet together to visit and discuss exhibitions, performances or talks
    -hold ‘art-crit’ sessions to share your practice and give each other feedback
    -meet to make and create together or share the things that inspire you
    -work on a creative challenge together

    • David Richmond

      What a great name! I love the idea of the League of Creative Interventionists. Very happy to spread the news and see if we can build this network worldwide - do let me know how you get on with your creative challenge.