Span That World: The DF Web
It’s because we like graphs. We like using graphs to check out what genders of people we’re appealing to. Does this information have any practical purpose? Not really.
In an ideal world the gender mix at out events will be about the same as the gender mix in society as a whole. This would mean we’re fairly representative of society and appealing equally across different groups. But, sadly, this isn’t an ideal world.
Sadly, this world’s got a lot of hate for people because of their gender. People are restricted in what they can do, where they can go, in their access to justice and fair pay, and they have limited places where they can be safe.
DFs it seems, is one of those places.
UK Population from the Census 2011
Check out how this year differed with last year in DFs here – CLICK ME
DF Camp 2014
Winter Wonderland South 2014
Winter Wonderland North 2014
All social events 2014
Here are some of the things people answered the gender question with
- Man I suppose
- God knows..
- all the gender
- Kinda womany
- Woman, I suppose?
Graphs by Lily, Text stolen from Louise from last year
As you get on with the new school year, the new university, the new job or the new freedom of a year whiled away with few commitments, cast your mind back to some old memories. Old memories which have stayed with you, experiences which have changed the way you think about the world and the way you live your life. Maybe they happened at District Camp this summer, maybe at an Elfin group night in the far distant past. Whatever they are, wherever they are from, they’ve helped to shape you as you’ve grown older.
Now, throw your minds eye into the mists of the future, the great unknown just waiting to be discovered. New opportunities, new challenges, new friends and new places. Maybe you know exactly what you want to do this year, maybe you haven’t the foggiest idea. Either way, I’m sure you want Woodcraft Folk, and the District Fellows Movement to be a part of it!
In just a couple of weeks time, a group of DFs will congregate on a house in Bristol. Who are these people I hear you ask? What is this weekend? These DFs are the DF Committee and the other roles that are elected at Althing each year to facilitate the fabulous work of our Movement. This weekend – Old/New – is when the old guard and the new get together to hand over, discuss the the roles and the things they’d like to do over the next year.
One of our main jobs as your elected representatives is to help you achieve all the fabulous things you want to do. Maybe you have an idea for a great project, maybe you want to set up a new group in your District, or perhaps you think that what we really need is a network of carrier pigeons to keep us all in touch – but you’re not really sure how to make it all happen.
Well, if you get on down to www.spanthatworld.com you’ll be able to find out all about what DFs is getting up to or planning, and how you can get in touch with DF Committee.
So, what can you do now? Well, before Old/New, we’d really like to know what you think about DFs and where you’d like to see us go in the future.What do you enjoy about being a District Fellow?
Group nights, national events, campaigns, helping with younger ages and making beautiful new resources, the list of things DFs get up to is long and varied; what have you enjoyed?What do you think is important about District Fellows?
What makes being a DF different, what is it that means you just keep coming back?What would you like to see in the next year of the District Fellows Movement’s journey?
Maybe it’s something we do already that you’d like to see more of, maybe it’s something new and exciting that we’ve not done before. Whatever it is, at whatever scale, it’s your ideas, your passion and your energy that makes it happen and keeps us going!Feeling inspired yet? If you are, and you’d like to make your voice heard, email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to hear from you all soon!
DF Committee 2014-2015
IFM are holding a week long study session themed on Human Rights, Democracy and how our organisations can effectively educate young people to build a better future.
Open to all DFs and Woodcraft members aged 18 – 30 (with exceptions, so if you’re an under 18 DF you’d still be able to attend), offering a chance to expand and share knowledge of Human Rights Education and Democratic Citizenship and develop skills to help implement better education around these themes in your organisation.
There is a 50 Euro participation fee (please contact me if this would be a barrier to you participating) but travel costs will be reimbursed.
Applications are open until 15th March 2015.
*BOOKING NOW OPEN*
Spring- when the earth reawakens, nature bursts back into life and you can finally shake off those winter blues…
So what better way to spend it than with DFs in the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside?
Spring awakening is the “back to basics” DF event, where we camp in the brisk weather of early April and do activities that are more reminiscent of what woodcraft would have been like before a lot of the changes to it and the world that have happened since it formed in 1925. It’s a chilled out event with lots of fires, bushcraft, and training.
Booking is now open for this year’s Spring Awakening, where the theme is positivity! Be prepared for four days of positive action, well-being and just generally having a good time.
We have already confirmed some poets and acoustic musicians including Gerrard Bell-Fife, and storytelling ledge Robin Grey with 3 acres and a cow
Dates: 8th – 12th April 2015
Price: £45 (£10 per night + £5 Fairer Fare)
Pay on the event with cheque or cash. Cheques should be made out to ‘Woodcraft Folk DFs’
Nearest train stations: Batley (4 miles) or Bradford (5.7 miles)
Admin – Ruby Kelman
Daytime Programme – Lily MacTaggart
Evening Programme – Lily Bowler
KPs – Emily Connor Sitepu & Elliot Francis-Hewett
KE – Elsie Tata
If you have any queries, offers of programme or anything else, contact email@example.com or let us know on the Facebook event
One of our affiliates, WDM, is taking a group of people to Brussels in February to protest against TTIP.
This trip, on 3rd and 4th February 2015, is just £150 including Eurostar and accomodation. Subsidies are available if you need them. Just contact 020 7820 4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email email@example.com for more info.
- A walking tour of the corporate and lobbying villains of Brussels with the Corporate Europe Observatory
- A meeting hosted by Green MEPs and including civil society campaigners from across the EU
- A chance to lobby your MEPs
- A protest at the European Commission featuring FoEE’s huge inflatable Trojan Horse.
- A performance, inside the EU Parliament of Commonwealth Theatre’s fantastic “Deal vs People”.
What is TTIP?
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement between the EU and the US. But unlike other trade agreements, TTIP’s big focus isn’t tariffs or quotas. It’s all about getting rid of regulations and standards that make it more difficult for multinational companies to sell their products.
TTIP is highly controversial and opposed by many different groups. Those who are against it argue TTIP will mean more corporate power and reduced democratic control. This is because TTIP includes clauses that will:
- Grant new powers for corporations sue governments;
- Lead to more privatisation of public services like the NHS and education;
- Weaken workers’ rights and put millions of jobs at risk;
- Reduce environmental protection and food safety regulation;
- Undermine buy local schemes;
- Be a new blueprint for future trade deals around the world.
Between the 27th December 2014 till the 3rd January 2015, IFM are hosting their annual Winterschool Seminar at the Educational Centre, Kurt Löwenstein in Werftpfuhl, Berlin. This seminar is open to all of you DFs, as members of IFM through Woodcraft Folk.
These seminars create an inspiring safe space for discussions and activities, with this one focusing on the theme of Migration and Flight. It will analyse migration and refuge within Europe, social exclusion, racism and poverty and their relationship to the theme. At the event, different working groups and political forums will explore certain areas through creative activities led to get you thinking more broadly about migration and flight in our society. How could socialist alternatives to the current systems improve things and how can we work together to support refugees and migrants for the better? If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please keep reading, apply for a place, and get along to participate in this exciting seminar available to any aged 18 – 27 member of Woodcraft and other members of IFM organisations.
Besides sharing work and political debate, there will also be multiple opportunities to have fun together, including a trip to Berlin and a huge, international welcome to 2015 at the centre.
Registrations are open until the 7th December, and can be done at https://kurtloewenstein.wufoo.com/forms/seminar-registration-forms/ . There is a participation fee of around €30 – 75 (dependant on the country you’re from) with possible help towards transport costs from IFM and DFs. For more information on the costs of the event, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do everything I can to help get you there. We want all events to be accessible as possible, and if the main barrier for participation is the cost, there are many options to help towards them and get you to this event.
Blue skies, Emily Connor
- International Opportunities & Sustainability – DF Committee
What if every DF emailed their head teacher about installing solar panels in their school? What if they got all their friends with links with other schools to do the same? You don’t even have to write the email yourself I’ve done it for you! Although a little personal tailoring wouldn’t go amiss.
Dear (head teacher/other person of relevance),
As a student/parent/member of staff at (your school) I would like to tell you about the Friends of the Earth project, Run on Sun. Friends of the Earth offer support for schools looking to install solar panels. As we run out of time to avoid the most severe dangers of climate change, the switch to green energy becomes more urgent, where better to start than a school? The solar panels will have a direct positive influence on the future of the generation you care for and can be used as an educational resource. This is on top of saving the school a huge amount of money in the long term. To find out more and get help from Friends of the Earth sign up here.
A fitting sign off for whatever your relationship with the receiver is,
Your lovely name (optional kiss)