Span That World: The DF Web
At DF Camp 2015 there was a book made for all of the attendees to contribute to. The rules were that there were no rules. This book could and would be filled with all of the creativity that DF Camp had to offer.
The Result is here on this very link – DF Camp Book
If that PDF is too hefty, here is a link to a folder full of the images CLICK HERE
This is an idea which can and should and WILL be brought to all future camps. Make it happen.
Can you feel a slight chill in the air? If so, it’s because it’s time to book for Winter Wonderland 2015! Come to Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, for three nights of magic and mystery in the heart of winter. No separate North and South – this time, there’s just one big, wintry, wondrous event. Combat the cold with quality time with other DFs, and prepare to have the time of your life.
Dates: 27th – 30th December
Price: £75 (including Fairer Fare)
- Admin – Jake Taylor
- Programme – Ruby Kelman, Toby Hanson-Iles
- KPs – Georgie James, Hannah Hardy
- KE – Sam Hall
Travel: The nearest train station is Ashchurch for Tewkesbury (2 miles from site)
If you have any queries, offers of programme or anything else, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
So what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present – book now!
Althing is the most important democratic event in the Df calendar: it’s where is where committee roles are elected, motions debated, campaigns chosen, and amendments to the constitution made. This Althing is set to be a super exciting and empowering couple of days, so make sure to book soon, get involved, and help shape the DF movement!
For a more detailed explanation of what Althing involves, click here
4th-6th September 2015Where?
This year Althing is going to be in a wonderful housing co-op in Liverpool (Same place as NW Thing 2015) The nearest station is Brunswick.Who?
All Dfs can come to Althing regardless of whether or not you are planning on submitting a motion or standing for a role, the only requirement is that you are a registered member. If you do want to submit a motion, run for committee, or nominate someone for committee, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The roles that will be elected this Althing are:
Chair of DF committee
The non-committee roles are:
Representatives to Woodcraft’s General Council
Venturer Committee Liaison
and possibly Shadow events
This event is indoors, but you’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and a rollmat. The event will cost £25, (members of Df committee are expensed).
I arrived at Grow Heathrow after 6 legs of public transport across London, tired and daunted at the idea of staying with strangers for 3 nights. Sure, people had assured me they were all super friendly, but would they really be? As it turned out, yes!
Straight away I joined a tour of the site which was much larger and more permanent than I’d expected. Everyone introduced themselves to me and was interested in who I was and why I was there, although unsurprised at having visitors if a little shocked by how short my visit was! I stayed for 3 nights, arriving about 7pm on Sunday and leaving at 1pm on Wednesday. In that time I found plenty to do and many people to chat to; I cooked, cleaned, watered plants, shifted firewood and went skipping as well as doing yoga and playing music. There was no shortage of things to do and great company. Tuesdays and Thursdays are workdays so clearer tasks were set out in the morning meeting – if you’re only visiting for the day you may wanna give those a miss, but if you’re going for a few days it lent some helpful structure to my visit.
Stuff you might wanna take
A friend or two – although it was fine on my own, I think the stay would have been easier with some familiar company.
A tent – there are places to stay inside as a guest but it was quite nice to have my own space when I needed.
Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and for all weathers.
A book – there is a fair bit of sitting around! But also a really cool library so you don’t need to take your own.
Directions – found here. It’s quite easy to find by following these written instructions.
Enthusiasm – it’ll be great! #getactivated
Any other worries, give me an email on email@example.com
If you went to Spring Awakening, you may have experienced some of the fabulous workshops offered by one of our affiliates. Positive Money, CAAT and GBC were all there. You can also have a read about it here.
However other exciting things have been happening recently. Back in March we signed our formal affiliations agreement with Friends of the Earth. This fits in super well with our campaign at the minute, particularly in terms of their specific campaigns at the minute including “Run On Sun” (get involved here).
Around the same time DFs had a presence at the Action AWE blockade of nuclear weapons factory just outside Reading, and had a revival of “Zombies for Nuclear Apocalypse” in the town centre.
This is all super exciting! We are politically engaged, committed and inspiring young people and this is a key time for activism around many issues. If there’s any organisations (not necessarily campaigning o you think DFs should work with, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me (Lily MacTaggart) on Facebook.
Meanwhile, why not plan some activism into YOUR summer? #getactivated
- 29th May-2nd June is the Reclaim The Power No Dash For Gas mass action camp near Didcot. 4 days of environmental activism!
- 12th-14th June is Friends of the Earth Basecamp in Castleton, Derbyshire. “an empowering weekend of activism in the rolling hills of the Peak District. And a host of social activities too!”
- ALL OF JULY is Woodcraft go to Lammas month! You can go at any time during the month to stay at this beautiful eco-village in Wales.
- 30 July–3 August 2015 is Peace News Summer Camp, loads of interesting workshops.
- There will be a DF Wwoofing trip at some point over the summer. Find out more and get involved in picking the dates here.
- And don’t forget this summer’s DF events! London Thing is 10th-12th July, DF Camp is the 5th-12th August in Bonnie Scotland, and Althing is the 4th-6th September, probably in Liverpool.
#getactivated is a new hashtag created by DFs. Use it to tag your political, activisty stuff. Going on a protest? Written a blog post? Found a really cool political group? Share it across social media using the hashtag and we can inspire each other and share our enthusiasm and ideas.
Ways to #getactivated
Having a voice in democracy isn’t just voting; activism isn’t just going out on protests. Here are some ideas of ways you can make a political noise and help make a change.
Research: Read articles; watch videos; find comics. Get educated about the issues you care about, and share any useful resources you find.
Write: Turn your anger into words. Write a poem or a song, or start a blog. Use the hashtag and we’ll try and use DF social media to get it out there.
Protest: Taking part in a demonstration or occupation is a really potent way to get your voice heard. Make sure you know your rights and the risks involved before you do it though. There are plenty of ways to help on protests without being the one holding the placard, too- you need legal observers, for example, plus people in charge of welfare, someone to write a press release and do publicity…
Lobby: Email or write to your local MP about issues you want them to act on/how you want them to vote in parliament. Seek out, sign or set up petitions about things you want changing.
Reflective activism: If you’re looking for something a bit more chilled, try out some craftivism, which both gives you the opportunity to contemplate issues as well as raising awareness for important issues. Or do some guerrilla gardening to add colour and life to city spaces.
In your community: Look at the DF Affiliations page for some ideas about organisations you could join. Lots of them have local groups. Alternatively, you could fundraise for a local charity, volunteer in a community garden or run workshops and events in your area.
Campaign: Get involved with the DF campaign. At the moment, this is Sea Monsters For Climate Change. Keep an eye out for updates and ways to get involved.